Music City Knockout bracket revealed

Claudio Montanha Jr., Kaique Pacheco and Jose Vitor Leme are the top-ranked riders in the world standings. Photos: Matt Breneman/BullStockMedia.com.

Highlights

  • The final PBR Major of the season, the Music City Knockout in Nashville, Tennessee, will feature the best 36 bull riders in the world competing in a unique bracket format.
  • Seeding in the bracket is determined by the current PBR world standings with the Top 12 receiving a first round bye. Riders will advance based on scores or buckoff time. Any riders eliminated in the first four rounds will get another shot in the Second Chance Bracket, which is also seeded by highest scores or buckoff time.
  • A total of 2,995 world points are available at the Music City Knockout, with 625 points going to the event winner and 300 to the ride score champion.

In This Article

PUEBLO, Colo. – The PBR competition department announced Wednesday the 36 riders and the official bracket for this weekend’s PBR 25th: Unleash The Beast Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires.

The event at Nashville, Tennessee's Bridgestone Arena on Friday and Saturday is the last PBR Major of the 2018 season and is a crucial event in regards to the 2018 PBR World Championship.

The Music City Knockout is one of eight remaining regular season events before the 2018 PBR World Finals on Nov. 7-11.

Fans can watch the event on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET on Friday and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS national television. RidePass will have coverage of the event at 8:45 p.m. ET on Friday and 7:45 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The 36 riders will compete head-to-head in the bracket-style event until one rider is remaining.

RELATED: Click here to see the full Music City Knockout Bracket

Seeding is based upon the current world standings and the riders have been assigned to compete in one of three different brackets.

The fourth bracket has been deemed a Second Chance Bracket. This region will be based upon the Top 8 individual ride scores or buckoff times from the riders eliminated through the first four rounds of competition.

The eight eliminated riders will have a second opportunity to work through the Second Chance Bracket to earn a spot in the Final Four with the three riders who win Brackets A-C.

*Riders may be seeded higher than their actual world ranking because of injuries to No. 30 Brock Radford and No. 32 Emilio Resende.

The Top 12 riders in the world standings competing in the event have received a first-round bye for the 36-man tournament.

At the end of this article is a breakdown of how world standings points will be awarded in Nashville.

Round 1 matchups are listed below:

BRACKET A

No. 22 Silvano Alves vs. No. 27 Sean Willingham
No. 15 Keyshawn Whitehorse vs. No. 34 Koal Livingston
No. 21 Joao Ricardo Vieira vs. No. 28 Marcos Gloria
No. 16 Derek Kolbaba vs. No. 33 Colten Jesse

BYES:

No. 9 Cooper Davis (Scheduled to face winner of No. 22 Alves vs. No. 27 Willingham in Round 2)
No. 4 Ramon de Lima (Scheduled to face winner of No. 15 Keyshawn Whitehorse vs. No. 34 Livingston in Round 2)
No. 10 Fabiano Vieira (Scheduled to face winner of No. 21 Joao Ricardo Vieira vs. No. 28 Gloria in Round 2)
No. 3 Jose Vitor Leme (Scheduled to face winner of No. 16 Kolbaba vs. No. 33 Jesse in Round 2)

BRACKET B 

No. 23 Tanner Byrne vs. No. 32 Matt Triplett
No. 14 Ryan Dirteater vs. No. 35 J.B. Mauney
No. 20 Guilherme Marchi vs. No. 28 Gage Gay
No. 17 Stetson Lawrence vs. No. 26 Alex Marcilio

BYES:

No. 8 Eduardo Aparecido (Scheduled to face winner of No. 23 Tanner Byrne vs. No. 32 Matt Triplett in Round 2)

No. 5 Cody Nance (Scheduled to face winner of No. 14 Ryan Dirteater vs. No. 35 J.B. Mauney in Round 2)
No. 11 Dener Barbosa (Scheduled to face winner of No. 20 Guilherme Marchi vs. No. 28 Gage Gay in Round 2)
No. 2 Claudio Montanha Jr. (Scheduled to face winner of No. 17 Stetson Lawrence vs. No. 26 Alex Marcilio in Round 2)

BRACKET C

No. 24 Lonnie West vs. No. 25 Nathan Burtenshaw
No. 13 Dakota Buttar vs. No. 36 Edgar Durazo
No. 19 Valdiron de Oliveira vs. No. 30  Marco Eguchi
No. 18 Brennon Eldred vs. No. 31 Lachlan Richardson

BYES:

No. 1 Kaique Pacheco (Scheduled to face winner of No. 24 West vs. No. 25 Burtenshaw in Round 2)
No. 12 Cody Teel (Scheduled to face winner of No. 13 Buttar vs. No. 36 Durazo in Round 2)
No. 6 Luciano de Castro (Scheduled to face winner of No. 19 Oliveira vs. No. 30 Eguchi in Round 2)
No. 7 Jess Lockwood (Scheduled to face winner of No. 18 Eldred vs. No. 31 Richardson in Round 2)

World Standings Points

Event Champion:  The Head-to-Head Bracket Winner (625 points).  The rider who advances through the bracket system and defeats his opponent in the final head-to-head match.

Ride Score Champion:  The rider with the highest cumulative ride score (300 points)  The rider with the highest aggregate ride score total from all rounds of competition, regardless of the number of bulls faced, will be named the Ride Score Champion (The Ride Score Champion can also be the Head-to-Head Bracket Winner).

Event Runner Up:  The Head-to-Head Runner Up (220 points).  The rider who loses in the final head-to-head match.

Final Four Qualifiers (125 points each):  Each of the four riders advancing to the Final Four.

Elite Eight Qualifiers (105 points each):  The six riders advancing to the Elite Eight in the competition brackets.

Elite Eight Qualifiers from Second Chance Bracket (60 points): The two riders advancing to the Elite Eight in the Second Chance Brackets (Round 4).

Sweet 16 Qualifiers (50 points each): The 12 riders advancing to the Sweet 16 in the original competition brackets (Round 3).
*Riders who advance through the Second Chance Bracket will not receive points or money unless they advanced to Round 4 as outlined above.

There is a total of 2,995 points available at the Music City Knockout. 

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