The time is running down for the top three bull riders in the world to go round after round to contend for the world champion title and for the other 37 to earn some go round and overall event money to take home. Today we are too leaving Las Vegas after bringing you coverage of the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals. Although we are wrapping things up we could not do it without bringing you all the action from Championship Sunday’s final two rounds live from the T-Mobile Arena.
Last night was a night that the thousands of fans inside of the arena and the millions watching from their homes witnessed history being made and huge story lines that were unfolding before their very eyes. After winning round four J.B. Mauney was the first cowboy to reach the 7 million dollar milestone and Canadian Ty Pozzobon set himself up nicely coming into today to be the first ever Canadian World Finals event winner. Everything comes down to today to see who we crown with the world championships and the overall world finals event win.
Cooper Davis Earns The Top Score In Round Five
Photo Credit: Debbie Anthony
As the action began down on the arena floor for the final day of competition the sold out crowd inside of the T-Mobile Arena were full of anticipation as they all knew what would happen at the end of the day. That being said, before the crowning and celebrations could happen down on the arena dirt there was still two rounds of bull riding action to take place to determine just that. The first would be the fifth and final round that would determine who would be lucky enough to make it into the last Championship Round of the 2016 season.
Today you could feel ,along with the top 40 bull riders in the world, the pain and agony they are bringing with them into the final day here in Las Vegas. Each and every one of these cowboys have been banged and beaten but are fighting through to finish out the event here on the last day. In round five there were a total of 13 qualified rides but only one, Cooper Davis, would be able to call himself the round winner with the top score after eight seconds. Today he would match up with Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Miller’s Catfish John for a score of 91 points to head into the championship round riding on a high as the new number one man in the world!
Complete Breakdown Of Qualified Rides In Round Five Below:
Cooper Davis (91.00) Dakota Buttar (88.25)
Guilherme Marchi(88.00) Eduardo Aparecido (87.75)
Ryan Dirteater (87.25) Marco Antonio Eguchi (87.25)
Tyler Harr (86.75) Wallace Vieira de Oliveira (86.50)
Chase Outlaw (85.00) Stetson Lawrence (84.25)
Kaique Pacheco (81.00) Luis Blanco (71.75)
Joao Ricardo Vieira (70.00)
Ryan Dirteater Wins The 2016 PBR World Finals Championship Round
Photo Credit: Debbie Anthony
After a grueling and taxing five rounds of competition here at the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals the field was narrowed down to a very select few that would be invited back to the Championship Round. The top fifteen combined scores were tallied and those bull riders with their names next to them were getting ready to compete against each other, either for the World Champion title or the overall Finals event championship title. Either way the action was non-stop thrilling as the top 15 cowboys competed for the 1 million dollars prize money available following the Championship Round!
From the get go the fans inside of the T-Mobile Arena were treated to some intense action as the fifteen contestants atop the event leader board were matched up with the top fifteen bucking bulls from throughout the 2016 season. After all was said and done it would be a total of three of those fifteen that would be able to weather the storm that was brewing to be able to make a qualified ride. After all was said and done it would be the “The Cherokee Kid” Ryan Dirteater that would outlast the other two for the top score after riding D&H Cattle Co/Buck Cattle Co/Bob & Jeri Adams’s Brutus for a huge 89.75 point ride and going a perfect 6-for-6, the only man to do so this year!
Cooper Davis Celebrates His 2016 World Championship
Photo Credit: Debbie Anthony
After all was said and and done and the hundred plus bulls were bucked the sold out crowd inside of the T-Mobile Arena was about to witness history being made once again here this year. The crowning of the world championship titles, both bull rider and bucking bull, along with several other awards was going to take place atop of the shark cage in the center of the arena. Our Rodeo Round Up team was live on the dirt to bring you all of the video action which you can see in the next couple days as we will be bringing you continuing coverage and follow-up stories throughout the weeks coming up.
Once the bulls were put away and the flood gates opened, the arena floor turned into a huge party atmosphere as thousands of fans and media stormed onto the arena floor in anticipation as to what was about to happen. Although the world championship title came down to the last day, and quite figuratively, the last ride of the 2016 season a new world champion was about to be crowned. Tonight was a night that we all were able to award Cooper Davis with a 1 million dollar check, a new Montana Silversmith world championship buckle and the title of the 2016 PBR World Champion!
I was able to catch up with the newly crowned 2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Champion Cooper Davis following his in arena celebration and award presentations. To say that this young man was lost for words would be a complete understatement but I think everyone can figure out why. After winning the world title, one million dollars and a nice buckle to commemorate your year long efforts I would be over the moon and elated too! Check out what he had to say to me below as we bring you a behind the scenes interview live from the press room inside of the T-Mobile Arena.
Today’s events are something that no one will soon forget as we crowned a brand new world champion after the closet race in the 23 year history of the Professional Bull Riders organization. That being said, along with the world champion we also go to see the world finals event champion Ryan Dirteater being crowned along with 19 year-old Jess Lockwood claiming the rookie of the year title and Chad Berger earning the Stock Contractor of the Year title. All in all it was a full week of festivities that we were honored to be a part of and bring to all of you. Stay tuned for follow up stories regarding the other awards given out along with personal interviews from all those honored on the arena floor today!
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