HOUSTON, TEXAS – As the dust settled inside the Fertitta Center in Houston, Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the world standings by winning the 15/15 Bucking Battle at the Winstar World Casino and Resort Houston Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops.
As one of seven riders to make the eight seconds against their bovine counterparts in the special round, Outlaw covered Hostage (Hart Cattle Co/ Hale/ Randy Wood) for an impressive 89.75-point ride.
The 15/15 win was Outlaw’s first of the 2019 season, catapulting him back into the world lead. As the weekend began, the rambunctious Arkansas cowboy trailed Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) by a mere 20 points in the world title race. He now leads Lockwood, who also rode successfully in the special round, by 120 points.
Outlaw earned $7,000 in addition to 150 world points.
2019 Rookie of the Year contender Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) finished second after he made the 8 aboard Mr. Majestic (Cord McCoy/ Bruce Wold/ HR Bulls) for 89 points. Following an electric weekend in Tulsa last week where he tied for the 15/15 win with Lockwood, the young cowboy was on fire in Houston.
Prior to his second-place finish in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, Swearingen won Round 1 of the Houston Invitational by riding for Hammerhead Blu (CG Bucking Bulls/ Halpain) for 88.5 points.
Collectively, Swearingen earned $8,580 in addition to 190 world points. He moved into the lead in the 2019 Rookie of the Year race and jumped from No. 13 in the world standings to No. 10.
Brazilian rider Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) finished third in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, netting $4,000 and 75 world points to hold on strong to his No. 3 spot in the world standings. Despite a buckoff in Round 1, Leme’s ride aboard Red Bones (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) for 88.25 points leaves him just 218.34 points behind Outlaw.
The Texas crowd was on its feet as Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee) conquered Fearless (D&H Cattle/ Buck Cattle/ Tom Julian) for 87.75 points to finish fourth. The energetic, veteran rider earned $3,000 and 60 world points to remain at No. 18 in the world standings.
Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) and Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) tied to round out the Top 5 in Friday night’s special round with matching 87.25-point ride scores.
Jesus covered Frequent Flyer (D&H Cattle/ Erwin Cattle), while Vieira made the 8 aboard Total Feeds Bushwacked (OHL/Herb/McDowell/Comozzi), the son of three-time World Champion Bushwacker (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls).
Both cowboys collected $1,000 and 35 world points. Jesus maintained his spot at No. 15 in the world standings while Vieira holds strong at No. 4.
Overall, the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Houston featured seven rides. The remaining qualified ride was recorded by Lockwood with an 87-point matchup with Wicked Dreams (TNT Bucking Bulls/ Hart Cattle Co).
Earlier in the evening, as the first rider to fire out of the chutes in Houston’s Round 1, two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney (Statesville, North Carolina) collected a second-place finish and took sole possession of the No. 2 spot for qualified career rides.
Mauney’s historic 526th recorded qualified ride moved him ahead of 2004 World Champion Mike Lee. He now only trails all-time leader “Mr. 600” 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi, who has 635 qualified elite series rides.
Mauney, competing with two torn tendons in his right rotator cuff, covered Boogie Bomb (Bland Bucking Bulls) during the record ride for 87.5 points. The grizzled veteran will head into Round 2 on Sunday with 60 additional world points and $2,750, taking him from No. 32 to No. 29 in the world standings.
Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) finished third in Round 1 courtesy of his 87.25-point ride on M.A.G.A (TNT Bucking Bulls/ Hart Cattle Co.). The finish earned him $2,000 and 50 world points to hold his world spot at No. 8.
In a tie for fourth in Round 1, Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) and Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria, Brazil) shared 87-point rides.
Eldred overcame Night Sweats (Plummer/ Hart Cattle Co) to move from No. 21 in the world standings to No. 20, while Barbosa went on to conquer Major Threat (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) to jump from No. 111 to No. 99. The two cowboys both earned $1,075 and 35 world points.
2016 World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) rounded out the Top 5 by posting an 86.5-point ride score after making the whistle on Jay Slinger (Ricky West Bucking Bulls). The Texan collected $600 and 15 world points to hold strong at No. 6 in the world standings.
CBS Sports will air the 15/15 Bucking Battle at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 18.
The action from Round 1 of the Winstar World Casino and Resort Houston Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, Sunday, August 18, starting at 8 a.m. ET on RidePass.com or via the RidePass mobile app.
The best bull riders in the world will return to the Fertitta Center for Round 2 and the championship round on Sunday, August 18 starting at 1:45 p.m. CDT.
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15/15 Bucking Battle
Fertitta Center – Houston, Texas
1. Chase Outlaw, 89.75-89.75-150 Points.
2. Daylon Swearingen, 89-89.00-90 Points.
3. Jose Vitor Leme, 88.25-88.25-75 Points.
4. Cody Nance, 87.75-87.75-60 Points.
5. João Ricardo Vieira, 87.25-87.25-35 Points.
(tie). Cody Jesus, 87.25-87.25-35 Points.
7. Jess Lockwood, 87-87.00-10 Points.
Cody Teel, 0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0.00
Lucas Divino, 0-0.00
Matt Triplett, 0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0.00
Mason Taylor, 0-0.00
Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0.00
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Winstar World Casino and Resort Houston Invitational
Fertitta Center – Houston, Texas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Daylon Swearingen, 88.5-0-0-88.50-100 Points.
2. J.B. Mauney, 87.5-0-0-87.50-60 Points.
3. Derek Kolbaba, 87.25-0-0-87.25-50 Points.
4. Brennon Eldred, 87-0-0-87.00-35 Points.
(tie). Dener Barbosa, 87-0-0-87.00-35 Points.
6. Cooper Davis, 86.5-0-0-86.50-15 Points.
7. Stetson Lawrence, 86.25-0-0-86.25-5 Points.
8. Cody Teel, 85.75-0-0-85.75
9. Jess Lockwood, 85.25-0-0-85.25
(tie). Fabiano Vieira, 85.25-0-0-85.25
11. Matt Triplett, 84.5-0-0-84.50
(tie). Eduardo Aparecido, 84.5-0-0-84.50
13. Joe Frost, 84-0-0-84.00
14. Silvano Alves, 83.5-0-0-83.50
15. Taylor Toves, 83-0-0-83.00
16. Alisson De Souza, 80.5-0-0-80.50
Chase Outlaw, 0-0-0-0.00
Jose Vitor Leme, 0-0-0-0.00
João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0.00
Lucas Divino, 0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0.00
Mason Taylor, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Jesus, 0-0-0-0.00
Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Marco Eguchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0-0.00
Scottie Knapp, 0-0-0-0.00
Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 0-0-0-0.00
Dalton Kasel, 0-0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0.00
Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Burtenshaw, 0-0-0-0.00
Jorge Valdiviezo, 0-0-0-0.00