PUEBLO, Colo. - The Professional Bull Riders announced that the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle on Saturday, May 19, will feature the return of Asteroid, who has posted the two highest and six of the Top 10 bull scores this season. The runner-up for World Champion Bull a year ago is matched up with Luke Snyder, who won last weekend's Built Ford Tough Series event in Idaho by posting back-to-back 90-point rides.
Asteroid, shown here with Stormy wing in Des Moines, Iowa, returns to action this weekend in Pueblo, Colo.
CBS will broadcast the special event in its entirety at 2 p.m.
ET this Sunday, May 20 (please check local listings). The PBR 15/15
Bucking Battle will be held immediately following Round 2 on
Saturday. Tickets for Saturday begin at $10, and include Round 2 of
the Built Ford Tough Series event featuring the Top 35 bull riders
in the world, and the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle. Bull riding begins
at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Southwest Motors Events
Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by
telephone at (800) 745-3000.
Asteroid has bucked off 14 riders in a row, including 2010 PBR World Champion Renato Nunes in 2.86 seconds in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Uncasville, Conn., and 2011 PBR World Champion Silvano Alves in 1.81 seconds in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Sacramento, Calif. The Circle T Ranch & Rodeo bull received a score of 47.5 points out of a possible 50 for the buckoff of Alves, which is the highest bull score of the year. Asteroid bucked off top-ranked Valdiron de Oliveira in 5.29 seconds in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle at Indianapolis. Snyder won the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in front of a sellout crowd at Albuquerque, N.M.
The PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle features the Top 15 riders in the
world competing against the 15 highest-ranked bulls at the event
for an additional purse of $21,000. The bulls were each randomly
assigned a position from 1-15. The riders were then matched with
their bulls based upon their own current rankings in the Built Ford
Tough Series standings.
Built Ford Tough Series points are doubled in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle, with the winner receiving 200 points and second place receiving 180 points, continuing on a graduated scale to 20 points for 10th place. The rider also receives his ride score (1-100 points), which means that 300 points are possible for the winner. Points earned in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle will count toward the season standings, and money earned counts towards qualification for the Built Ford Tough World Finals. If a rider fails to make a qualified ride, he does not receive any points or money. Points earned in the special round do not count toward the results of the Idaho event, but they do count toward the overall season standings.
Competing for the second week in a row with a fractured eye socket suffered two weeks ago at Uncasville, Conn., Oliveira has drawn Smackdown, who bucked him off in 2.56 seconds at Arlington, Texas, in March. Smackdown has been the high-marked bull at four BFTS events this year, and he posted the highest score of the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle a week ago with 46.75 points out of a possible 50. Two weeks ago, he bucked off Austin Meier in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle before being ridden for 91 points by Stormy Wing in the championship round two days later. Oliveira, who is also competing with a broken foot suffered five weeks ago at Indianapolis, finished seventh at the BFTS event and tied for third in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Idaho last weekend.
Stormy Wing puts up an event-best 91 points on Smackdown in
the championship round at the 2012 PBR Stanley Tools and Security
Invitational in Billings, Mont.
Oliveira won the first PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Sacramento in January, with 94 points on Buckey. The 94 points stands as the highest-marked ride of the season, and a career best for the No. 1 rider in the world. Oliveira has been ranked first in the BFTS standings the past five weeks in a row, and nine of the first 17 weeks this season. He has not been ranked lower than second all season, and leads Alves by 654 points, and L.J. Jenkins by 740.75 points.
Second-ranked Alves is matched up with Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, and third-ranked Jenkins is paired with Palm Springs. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey has bucked off seven riders in a row, a streak that began when he bucked off Alves in 3.99 seconds at Houston in February. In his very first BFTS appearance in September 2011, he bucked off Alves in 7.28 seconds. Alves has five Top 10 finishes in a row, and posted back-to-back wins at Detroit and Glendale, Ariz., in March. Jenkins has finished in the Top 10 in the past seven events, including a win at Kansas City, Mo., and four third-place finishes. In his only BFTS out, Palm Springs bucked off 2009 PBR World Champion Kody Lostroh in 6.20 seconds at Arlington.
2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi, who is ranked fourth in the world, has drawn Rock & Roll, while sixth-ranked Marco Eguche will be on Quiet Riot. Marchi won the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle two weeks ago in Billings, Mont. Rock & Roll has not been ridden for 8 seconds in 15 outs. He bucked off Marchi last season, and this season has bucked off Nunes twice and Alves once. Quiet Riot has not been ridden for more than 3 seconds in five BFTS outs.
Meier, who is ranked seventh, has been matched up with Buckey, and eighth-ranked Fabiano Vieira has been paired with Mulligan Man. Meier won the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle three weeks ago at Uncasville, and finished first in the BFTS event at Billings two weeks ago. Buckey has been the high-marked bull at BFTS events two times this year, and bucked off Nunes in PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles at Billings and Albuquerque. Vieira has seven Top 10 finishes in his past 10 events, including first place at Indianapolis and second place at Kansas City, Mo. Mulligan Man bucked off Vieira in 2.00 at Detroit in March, and is 6-0 in BFTS events.
Nunes, who is ranked ninth, has drawn High Octane Hurricane, and 10th-ranked Ryan Dirteater will be on Train Wreck. Nunes and Wing tied for first place with 92 points in last week's PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Idaho. Nunes rode Bucking Machine while Wing became only the second rider in 13 outs to reach 8 seconds on Train Wreck. Alves is the only rider in eight BFTS outs to successfully ride High Octane Hurricane, scoring 89.75 points to finish second in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle at Albuquerque. Last week in Idaho, Dirteater tied for third with Oliveira in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle, and finished fifth in the BFTS event.
Renato Nunes notches 92 points on Bucking Machine in the
15/15 Bucking Battle in Nampa, Idaho.
Twelfth-ranked Wing is paired with Rango, and 13th-ranked Justin Koon will be on Meat Hook. In addition to his PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle win a week ago, Wing has posted three Top 5 finishes in his past five events. Rango has bucked off the last three riders to improve to 20-2 in BFTS events. Meat Hook bucked off Koon, who is returning after sitting out last week with an injured hand, in 2.85 seconds at Arlington in March.
Harve Stewart, who is ranked 15th, will be matched up against Buck Off, and 16th-ranked Robson Palermo will be on Perfect Poison. In his past two outs, Buck Off dispatched Nunes and two-time PBR World Champion Chris Shivers to improve to 4-2 in BFTS events. Palermo won the BFTS event four weeks ago at Des Moines, Iowa, and has moved into the Top 20 despite missing the first nine events of the season while recovering from offseason surgery. Perfect Poison has only been ridden twice in his past 20 outs, by Vieira for 91.75 points to finish second in Round 5 at the 2011 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, and by 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee for 91 points in Round 6 at the World Finals in 2010. In his last out, Perfect Poison bucked off Marchi in 3.91 seconds in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Albuquerque.
The final matchup will be 17th-ranked Ty Pozzobon against David's Dream. In his last out, David's Dream improved to 6-0 in BFTS events by bucking off Palermo in 1.77 seconds in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle two weeks ago in Billings.
Palermo and Pozzobon gained entry into the draw because fifth-ranked J.B. Mauney and 11th-ranked Douglas Duncan are both unable to compete due to injury.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and YouTube. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle
Saturday, May 19
Southwest Motors Event Center in Pueblo, Colo.
No. 17 Ty Pozzobon vs. David's Dream
No. 16 Robson Palermo vs. Perfect Poison
No. 15 Harve Stewart vs. Buck Off
No. 13 Justin Koon vs. Meat Hook
No. 12 Stormy Wing vs. Rango
No. 11 Luke Snyder vs. Asteroid
No. 10 Ryan Dirteater vs. Train Wreck
No. 9 Renato Nunes vs. High Octane Hurricane
No. 8 Fabiano Vieira vs. Mulligan Man
No. 7 Austin Meier vs. Buckey
No. 6 Marco Eguche vs. Quiet Riot
No. 4 Guilherme Marchi vs. Rock & Roll
No. 3 L.J. Jenkins vs. Palm Springs
No. 2 Silvano Alves vs. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
No. 1 Valdiron de Oliveira vs. Smackdown
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