Not to be confused with the Venezuelan MLB player by the same name, Victor “The Dominican Dominator” Martinez was only the second bodybuilder in Dominican history to turn pro. Doing so in 1995 at the age of 22, Martinez placed first in the 1997 NPC New York Metro Championships but saw the biggest win of his career in 2007 when he won the Arnold Classic and finished second in the Mr. Olympia competition. Continuing to compete today with his last ranking as ninth in the 2015 Mr. Olympia event, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Martinez.
Known for his massive size and obvious steroid use, Martinez was caught selling steroids in 2004 and experienced his second scare in 2011 when he was arrested upon returning to the United States with an expired permanent resident card. Threatened with deportation, Martinez was held at the New Jersey detention center for over six weeks and lost his restaurant—the Muscle Maker Grill—before being released. Steering clear of steroids ever since, the 42-year-old hits the gym even harder these days but looks more like an avid runner than a former heavyweight champion.