After a much too long and drawn out summer break the second half of the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series season kicked off tonight in Nashville, Tennessee. Tonight the top 35 bull riders in the world climbed aboard as the fourth and final major, the Music City Knockout, began with increased championship points and prize monies. It was safe to day after tonight there was no easy way to come back into the second part of the season as we all watch the march to Las Vegas for the 2016 PBR World Finals!
Last year the current world number one, Kaique Pacheco, would leave the music city with the event championship title on his way to a record setting rookie season in the PBR. The Brazilian is trying to take it up a notch this year and is making a run at the world championship title. He came into tonight’s event sitting atop the world standings by just over a mere 115 points over 2014 PBR World Champion and crowd favorite J.B. Mauney. That being said, this weekend’s event could make or break the second half of the season for these two and many other cowboys that are trying to make it to the 2016 PBR World Finals.
Cody Nance Takes The Win Over Chase Outlaw Friday Night
Photo Credit: Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media
Tonight’s first two rounds of action kicked off the fourth and final major of the 2016 PBR Built Ford Tough Series season. In this event labelled “The Music City Knockout” the top 35 bull riders in the world would match up one-on-one in a bracket style format that will knock out those that fail to win each bracket pairing. Quite simply put you either need to ride to go through to the next round or ride the longer than your opponent. That was easier said than done in most cases tonight as the bull power was, once again, at a peak performance level.
That being said, the cowboys of the Professional Bull Riders organization came to play as well and put on quite the display of talent as the first night of the second half of the season got underway. Like I said earlier the name of the game was win or go home. Tonight Cody Nance would be one of those that would be able to continue on to tomorrow night as he topped the efforts of his opponent Chase Outlaw to earn a qualified ride score to the tune of 86 points aboard Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger ‘s Tequila Sunrise.
J.B. Mauney Gains The Highest Marked Ride In The First Round
Photo Credit: Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media
Although tonight was about doing just enough to make it back to tomorrow night’s final rounds inside of the Bridgestone Arena there was still the need for some to start off the last part of the season on a high note. Many of the top 35 bull riders are coming off of a summer nursing injuries and regaining their composure and confidence. Tonight would test the will and try of many as the need for huge scores and enthusiastic rides needed to happen to catapult those on the bubble up into the middle of the standings to ensure a trip back to the 2016 PBR World Finals.
After everything was said and done and the excitement in the atmosphere subsided there would be a buzz around Nashville the would ring throughout the night. The fans in attendance tonight witnessed some of the best bull riding action we have seen so far this season. After an intense two rounds it would be non other than J.B. Mauney who would head into tomorrow’s final rounds riding high after gaining the first round’s high marked ride with a 90.25 point ride aboard J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls / Gene Owen’s bull Texicali. Although scores do not matter at this event his performance last night will prove to give him what he needs to make another bid and trip to Las Vegas this November!
Complete Heads Up Bracket Match-Up Results From Round One:
After things were all said and done tonight it was apparent that the cowboys and the bovine athletes alike are well rested and ready to get the second half of the season started. If tonight’s first round of the Music City Knockout was any indication as to how tomorrow night’s final rounds will be there will be some major rides and huge scores tallied up by the time the lights go dim inside of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Stay tuned to the Rodeo Round Up for complete coverage from tomorrow night’s festivities!
It is quite easy to follow all the breaking news and excitement with the Rodeo Round Up simply by copying this website into your favorites in your web browser for easy one-click access to event statistics. You can also like and follow us on Facebook here, or by liking and following us on Instagram and/or Twitter at @therodeoroundup. Jason has also made it easy for you to be a part of his interviews by opening up a listener comment line. If you have a question for a certain rodeo star simply call in and leave your name, where you are from, who the question is for and what your question is and he will do his best to get it answered for you during his interviews!