Brazilian bodybuilder Rafael Brandao, a top contender in the IFBB Pro League, is currently recovering from a severe case of Dengue fever that required hospitalization. Brandao updated fans on his condition and recovery plan in a recent Instagram post. He mentioned that he is currently under medical supervision and expects to be discharged in the next 3-5 days. Dengue is a disease that can infect humans through mosquito bites, and it mainly occurs in warm and humid regions of the world. While many people who contract dengue fever do not show any symptoms, some may suffer from fever, headache, body aches, and nausea.
Brandao’s fans have been following his career closely, as he quickly found success against top-tier talent in the IFBB Pro League. They took notice of his symmetry, aesthetics, and balanced proportions following his bronze-earning performance at the 2020 Europa Pro Championships. Brandao was expected to compete on the Mr. Olympia stage that same year, but several health issues prevented him from committing to the event.
One of Brandao’s best performances came in 2021 at the Romania Muscle Fest Pro, where he took first place ahead of Samson Dauda and Quinton Eriya. Brandao planned to return to the 2022 Arnold Classic but eventually pulled out due to health problems. Nevertheless, he entered the Arnold Classic South America last year and earned gold plus an Olympia qualification.
At the 2022 Mr. Olympia, Brandao showcased an impressive physique, though some thought he lacked the size to contend with others in the first call-out. In the end, he took 10th place in his debut. Having yet to earn his 2023 Olympia qualification, Brandao will have until October 9 to secure an invite for this year’s event.
Brandao’s recent hospitalization due to Dengue fever has raised concerns among his fans about his future in bodybuilding. However, he remains optimistic and hopes to recover in time to earn his 2023 Mr. Olympia invite. The contest is slated for November 2-5 in Orlando, Florida.
In light of Samson Dauda’s recent victory at the 2023 Arnold Classic, some believe that the sport’s judges are shifting to favor aesthetics, beauty, and balance over size and conditioning. Terrick El Guindy, a popular promoter and IFBB judge, believes that this trend could be bad news for Nick Walker, who uses size, conditioning, and freak factor to overwhelm opponents on stage.
While Brandao will likely need extra time for recovery, his fans are hoping to see him back on stage soon. They are rooting for his speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing him compete at his best once again.