Arnold Sports Festival 2020: MAS Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Ulice Payne

Tell me what you just did.

I just won the Arnold MAS Wrestling Championship for the Heavyweight Division.

How did you get into this?

I got into MAS Wrestling about 5 years ago.  Odd Haugen, the organizer and US representative, forced me into the competition one morning in Chicago. I fell in love with it.

Do you get to eat what you want?

Yes, being a heavyweight. I must have some size to my advantage.

MAS Wrestler Heavyweight Champion Ulice Payne and training partner Mike Stroozas, Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Heavyweight Champion Ulice Payne and training partner Mike Stroozas, Arnold Sports Festival 2020

How do you train?

I have a training partner that is close to my size and strength. We train with each other one or two days a week. We will do 15 matches a session. Most tournaments are about 3 to 5 matches. I do a lot of heavy squats and awkward deadlifts to train my grip, back and legs. I never wear a belt when I train for MAS. On the board, I won’t be wearing a belt, so it builds up core strength.

Here are a few pictures from the competition:

MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne competing at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne determined the Heavyweight Champion at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Ulice Payne at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestler Ulice Payne celebrating at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Ulice Payne celebrating at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020
MAS Wrestling Heavyweight champion Ulice Payne, at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020

MAS Wrestling Heavyweight champion Ulice Payne, “to the victory go the spoils”, at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020

Anything else?

It is an amazing sport. You do not have to be a big strong guy to do it. Anyone can do it. It is simple. It is explosive. It is so much fun. I recommend anyone to give it a try.