The event and excitement of the American Freestyle Bull Fighting event has finally made its return to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo festivities as part of the Cowboy Christmas events at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The first three rounds of competition brought us a champion of the first ever Roughy Cup claiming a $5,000 paycheck as well as qualifying rounds for the main event set to start on Wednesday morning. The main event of the weekend will pay out over $30,000 in cash and will be featured through a live webcast courtesy of Hooey TV!
Weston Rutkowski’s Winning Bull Fight
The inaugural Bull Fighters Only Roughy Cup competition showcased the return of the freestyle bull fighting events during the Cowboy Christmas happenings with a bang this last Thursday afternoon. Twelve of the best bull fighters in the world came together to try and claim the championship title and the $5,000 payday that came along with it. After all was said and done it was whittled down to the top four contestants that would fight it out one more time in the Championship Short Round. Eventually it was bull fighter Weston Rutkowski that would beat out all other qualifiers and claim victory with a huge 90.5 point bull fight!
The next two days the freestyle bull fights took center stage once again right away at 9 A.M. each morning as the doors opened at the convention center. There were six amazing bull fights that took place both days where the top two from each round each day advanced to the semi-final round starting Wednesday morning. These four athletes will join those other twelve who automatically advanced as members of the Bull Fighters Only organization. After seeing the first three days we can not wait to watch the last four to kick off each day’s festivities!
After the two days of qualification rounds were done and over with it was four very excited bull fighters who rose above the rest of the field to earn their chance to claim victory after the next four rounds that start bright and early Wednesday Morning! Daryl Thiessen out lasted his bracket to earn a 83.5 point score while Kyle Lippincott won his bracket with a 88.5 bull fighting score. On the second day of qualifications it was Travis Gidley who came out on top with a score of 83.5 and Tanner Zarnetski with a 83.5 score to claim the last spot in the semi-finals.
The Rodeo Round Up team will be live during the last four performances of the Bull Fighters Only event held in conjunction with the Cowboy Christmas event during the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Find out who will claim the first American freestyle bull fighting title for the first time in 15 years as we bring you all the action and exclusive stories. Check out our youtube channel for fight by fight video coverage from each round of action this year!
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