PUEBLO, Colo. ― The Professional Bull Riders announced the matchups for the first PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle of the season, which will be held as part of the Built Ford Tough Series event at LJVM Coliseum on Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle will be broadcast in its entirety on CBS at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 20 (please check local listings).
The PBR 15/15 will be held immediately following Round 1 on Friday. Tickets for Friday include Round 1 of the Built Ford Tough Series event featuring the Top 35 bull riders in the world, as well as the PBR 15/15. Bull riding starts at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $15, and are available at www.Ticketmaster.com and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
The final matchup will feature 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi and 2012 World Champion Bull Asteroid (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo). Asteroid is the Monster Energy Money Bull for Winston-Salem, so if Marchi reaches 8 seconds, he will receive an additional $21,000.
The bulls for the PBR 15/15 are randomly drawn the week before the event, and assigned a position from 1-15. The 15 riders are then assigned their bull according to their seeding. Asteroid was assigned the second position, and Marchi finished second in the 2012 BFTS season standings.
Each of the PBR 15/15 events will include a Monster Energy Money Bull, which will earn the respective rider additional prize money if ridden. If the Monster Energy Money Bull is not ridden, the money will carry over to the next event, and an additional $6,000 will be added. When a rider records a successful ride on the Monster Energy Money Bull, the prize money will return to $6,000. The current amount is the result of $6,000 from New York, $6,000 from Winston-Salem and $9,000 from Bonus Bull attempts in New York and Chicago.
Built Ford Tough Series points are doubled in the PBR 15/15, 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 will count toward the season standings and qualification for the PBR 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 BFTS event.
In its first year, the PBR 15/15 produced seven of the season's
Top-20 ride scores, including the highest-marked ride of the
season: 94 points by Valdiron de Oliveira on
Buckey in Sacramento, Calif. The PBR 15/15 also
produced six of the Top 20 bull scores, including the two highest
scores of the year: 47.5 points by Asteroid, who bucked off World
Champion Silvano Alves in 1.81 seconds at
Sacramento, and again in Tampa, Fla., where he bucked off Oliveira
in 2.33 seconds.
Valdiron de Oliveira puts up a season-best 94 points on Buckey in Sacramento, Calif., in 2012.
The remaining PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles will be Feb. 1 in Sacramento, Feb. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., April 6 in Billings, Mont., April 20 in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 20 in Biloxi, Miss., and Oct. 4 in Fayetteville, N.C.
The first five riders in the Winston-Salem 15/15 Bucking Battle are the Top-5 finishers from 2012, while the remaining 10 are the 10 highest-ranked riders currently competing on the BFTS, not including the top five finishers from 2012. L.J. Jenkins and Oliveira, who finished third and fourth, respectively, in 2012, and Fabiano Vieira, who is currently ranked 11th are injured and unable to compete.
Two-time defending World Champion and current top-ranked rider Alves will be paired with Shepherd Hills Trapper (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo), who has bucked off 12 of the last 13 riders to improve to 38-8 overall. Austin Meier, who finished fifth in 2012, has drawn David's Dream (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo/3B Bucking Bulls). David's Dream is 12-2, including bucking off Meier in 2.44 seconds at the 2011 World Finals.
Douglas Duncan, who is currently ranked second, will be paired with Quiet Riot (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls). Quiet Riot is 18-0 in BFTS events, including bucking off Duncan twice in 2012 ― in 2.98 seconds in Uncasville, Conn., and 3.89 seconds in Greensboro, N.C. Robson Palermo, who won the BFTS season opener in front of capacity crowds in New York, and is currently ranked third, has drawn RFD-HD (Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC), who has bucked off seven riders in a row to improve to 19-2.
2010 World Champion Renato Nunes, who finished sixth a year ago, will be matched up against Jack Daniel's After Party (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo), who is 32-13 in BFTS outs. 2009 Rookie of the Year J.B. Mauney, who is currently ranked fourth, has drawn Lightmaker's Rango (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls). Rango is 30-3 in BFTS events, including bucking off Mauney in 2.06 seconds at the PBR 15/15 in Albuquerque last season.
Billy Robinson, who won last weekend in Chicago and is currently ranked sixth, will be paired with Teflon Tom (Austin Riley/Teague Bucking Bulls). Teflon Tom was the high-marked bull at the season opener in New York, scoring 45.25 points after bucking off Marchi in 2.88 seconds to improve to 5-0 in BFTS events. Chase Outlaw, who is currently ranked fifth, will be paired with Shamoun (Austin Riley/Teague Bucking Bulls), who is 23-1 in BFTS outs.
2009 World Champion Kody Lostroh, who is currently ranked seventh, has drawn Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo). Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey has bucked off eight riders in a row, and 15 of the last 16 to improve to 25-5 in BFTS outs. Marco Eguchi, who is currently ranked eighth, will be paired with Palm Springs (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo/3B Bucking Bulls). Palm Springs is 21-0 in BFTS outs, including bucking off Eguchi in 1.00 seconds at the PBR 15/15 in Tampa in 2012.
Three-time Canadian National Champion Aaron Roy, who is currently ranked ninth, will be matched up against Superfreak (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Brian Canter). North Carolina native Mauney rode Superfreak for 89 points to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and the event title at the Greensboro Invitational in 2012. The bull is owned by PBR founder and Ring of Honor member Jerome Davis and PBR rider Brian Canter, who are also both from North Carolina.
J.B. Mauney rides Superfreak for 89 points in Greensboro, N.C.
Jordan Hupp, who is currently ranked 10th, has drawn Stanley FatMax (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls), who has bucked off 22 riders in a row to improve to 24-1 in BFTS outs. Edevaldo Ferreira, who is currently ranked 12th, will be paired with Delco (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls), who is 15-9 in BFTS outs. Ben Jones, who is currently ranked 13th, will be matched up against Meat Hook (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls/Bar 3D), who is 10-3 in BFTS outs.
The 2013 Built Ford Tough Series season again opened with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York, and will make 26 stops in 18 states. The season will conclude at the World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 23-27, 2013. The PBR World Champion will receive the coveted Championship buckle, a $1 million bonus and a new pickup truck from Ford, which is also title sponsor of the Built Ford Tough Series.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. 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.
The PBR is celebrating 20 years of competition in 2013. PBR broadcasts reach more than half a billion households in 50 nations and territories around the world, and more than 2.5 million fans attend PBR events each year. PBR has awarded more than $120 million in prize money over 20 years of competition, including a $1 million bonus to the PBR World Champion each year.
PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle
Friday, Jan. 18
LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
2013 No. 13 Ben Jones vs. Meat Hook (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls/Bar 3D)
2013 No. 10 Jordan Hupp vs. Stanley FatMax (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 9 Aaron Roy vs. Superfreak (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Brian Canter)
2013 No. 8 Marco Eguchi vs. Palm Springs (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo/3B Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 7 Kody Lostroh vs. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
2013 No. 5 Chase Outlaw vs. Shamoun (Austin Riley/Teague Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 6 Billy Robinson vs. Teflon Tom (Austin Riley/Teague Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 4 J.B. Mauney vs. Lightmaker's Rango (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 3 Robson Palermo vs. RFD-HD (Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC)
2013 No. 2 Douglas Duncan vs. Quiet Riot (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2012 No. 6 Renato Nunes vs. Jack Daniel's After Party (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
2012 No. 5 Austin Meier vs. David's Dream (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo/3B Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 12 Edevaldo Ferreira vs. Delco (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls)
2013 No. 1 Silvano Alves vs. Shepherd Hills Trapper (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
2012 No. 2 Guilherme Marchi vs. Asteroid (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo)
2013 PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles
Jan. 18 at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Feb. 1 at Sacramento, Calif.
Feb. 23 at Kansas City, Mo.
April 6 at Billings, Mont.
April 20 at Des Moines, Iowa
Sept. 20 at Biloxi, Miss.
Oct. 4 at Fayetteville, N.C.
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