Cooper Davis rocketed up to third in the world standings following his win in Nashville. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


By: Heather Croze August 20, 2016@ 10:25:00 PM



  • Cooper Davis outlasted Kaqiue Pacheco to win the Frontier Communications Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires.
  • Davis lasted 4.21 seconds on Pearl Harbor, just enough to beat out Pacheco's 2.54 seconds on Jared Allen's Air Time.
  • The win propelled Davis to third in the world standings, while Pacheco maintains his hold on No. 1.



NASHVILLE – It came down to two young guns in Nashville as Cooper Davis and current PBR (Professional Bull Riders) world standings leader Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) battled head-to-head in front of over 14,000 fans during the Frontier Communications Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires, and brought to fans locally by Sonic. Davis reached 4.21 seconds on Pearl Harbor (Dakota Rodeo/Berger-Struve), which was enough to outlast Pacheco and win the final PBR Major of the season Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena

Davis picked up 905 world points and jumped from eighth to third in the world standings. Davis’ win is his first Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event win of the season and his biggest since winning last season’s PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals event title.

“You know what, I’ve had heck all day, I got by some really good ones today,” Davis said. “When I came down on Who Dey (K-C Bucking Bulls), I thought I was done, but it worked out.”

The 22-year-old from Jasper, Texas, now trails Pacheco by 390.33 points in the world standings.

“It’s all about points and you have to take it one event at a time,” Davis said. “We got a chance at a world title.” 

Pacheco managed to reach 2.54 seconds on Jared Allen’s Air Time in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, but he ultimately came up just short, finishing second in the head-to-head style event. Pacheco picked up 500 points towards the world standings and maintains his hold on the No. 1 world ranking.

J.B. Mauney’s (Mooresville, North Carolina) 3-for-4 performance earned him the Ride Score Championship and 300 points toward the world standings. Mauney’s 90.25-point ride on Texicali (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls/Gene Owens) in Round 2 was the highest score of the tournament and helped him secure the ride score title. Mauney, who is still second in the world standings, now trails Pacheco by 160.33 points after earning 455 total world points in Nashville.

The PBR’s best now move on to Tulsa, Oklahoma’s, BOK Center for the Tulsa Express Employment Professional Classic, presented by Osage Casino on August 27-28.

The Music City Knockout was be the 17th event on the 2016 PBR BFTS schedule. The season consists of 26 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, California, and Dallas. It will climax with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report. 

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Frontier Communications Music City Knockout, presented By Cooper Tires
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Round 6-Round 7-Round 8-Round 9-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Cooper Davis, 0-82.5-83.75-87.75-0-0-0-3.19-4.21-254.00-905 Points.
2. J.B. Mauney, 0-90.25-87.5-87.5-4.34-0-0-0-0-265.25-300 Points.
3. Kaique Pacheco, 0-85-7.6-3.45-0-0-0-86.25-2.54-171.25-500 Points.
4. Fabiano Vieira, 0-85.75-4.5-86.5-0-0-0-4.06-0-172.25-280 Points.
5. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-85.5-87.5-1.54-2.77-4.08-2.13-0-0-173.00-215 Points.
6. Rubens Barbosa, 84.25-0-0-0-5.23-7.83-7.11-2.14-0-84.25-185 Points.
7. J.B. Mauney, 0-90.25-87.5-87.5-4.34-0-0-0-0-265.25-155 Points.
8. Eduardo Aparecido, 0-84.25-84.5-3.02-1.24-0-0-0-0-168.75-155 Points.
9. Jess Lockwood, 86.25-87.5-5.85-0-90-3.44-0-0-0-263.75-50 Points.
10. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-86.5-3.25-0-2.29-0-0-0-0-86.50-50 Points.
11. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-83.75-4.41-0-0-0-0-0-0-83.75-50 Points.
12. Nathan Schaper, 0-0-82.75-0-0-0-0-0-0-82.75-50 Points.
13. Tanner Byrne, 0-82.25-3.02-0-0-0-0-0-0-82.25-50 Points.
14. Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-1.68-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00-50 Points.
15. Nevada Newman, 87-0-0-0-3.24-1.8-0-0-0-87.00
16. Cody Nance, 86-0-0-0-2.17-0-0-0-0-86.00
17. Jorge Valdiviezo, 84.25-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-84.25
18. Silvano Alves, 0-83.75-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-83.75
19. Stetson Lawrence, 83.5-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-83.50
Shane Proctor, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Robson Palermo, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Mason Lowe, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Chase Outlaw, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Aaron Roy, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Justin Paton, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Fraser Babbington, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00

2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Kaique Pacheco, 36, 4, 13, 3,005.33, $236,406.02
2. J.B. Mauney, 24, 4, 14, 2,845.00, $161,817.93
3. Cooper Davis, 31, 3, 11, 2,615.00, $179,304.90
4. Fabiano Vieira, 29, 5, 11, 2,504.49, $177,198.42
5. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 34, 2, 12, 2,335.00, $198,360.06
6. Eduardo Aparecido, 27, 1, 5, 1,974.16, $104,030.33
7. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 39, 4, 12, 1,925.00, $198,092.61
8. Shane Proctor, 22, 2, 3, 1,811.66, $182,948.80
9. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 54, 3, 10, 1,707.50, $110,356.97
10. Mike Lee, 51, 2, 14, 1,626.66, $104,904.63
11. Ryan Dirteater, 23, 2, 6, 1,595.00, $128,255.45
11. Derek Kolbaba, 31, 6, 8, 1,595.00, $116,680.18
13. Tanner Byrne, 26, 2, 4, 1,557.50, $104,438.25
14. Robson Palermo, 33, 0, 8, 1,447.50, $71,656.79
15. Jess Lockwood, 33, 4, 11, 1,415.83, $92,110.34
16. Lachlan Richardson, 44, 4, 12, 1,253.33, $64,743.21
17. Mason Lowe, 27, 3, 6, 1,210.00, $74,081.32
18. Gage Gay, 36, 1, 6, 1,050.33, $64,315.58
19. Rubens Barbosa, 31, 1, 8, 968.33, $44,019.50
20. Guilherme Marchi, 20, 0, 7, 817.50, $40,586.68
21. Stetson Lawrence, 32, 0, 5, 813.66, $45,530.46
22. Ben Jones, 13, 1, 3, 787.50, $39,629.52
23. Valdiron de Oliveira, 42, 1, 8, 752.50, $53,665.80
24. Cody Nance, 33, 4, 12, 667.50, $54,482.14
25. Nevada Newman, 31, 1, 6, 585.00, $46,208.47
26. Silvano Alves, 30, 0, 3, 579.16, $43,400.47
27. Tyler Harr, 41, 4, 11, 545.00, $46,457.21
28. Kasey Hayes, 28, 1, 3, 520.33, $38,181.45
29. Chase Outlaw, 20, 7, 11, 512.50, $51,738.35
30. Nathan Schaper, 36, 2, 7, 497.50, $60,665.25
31. Cody Heffernan, 30, 6, 13, 486.66, $37,453.71
32. Jorge Valdiviezo, 24, 3, 10, 472.50, $35,597.94
33. Aaron Roy, 38, 0, 4, 457.50, $30,285.38
34. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 43, 3, 10, 435.00, $43,122.59
35. Kurt Shephard, 57, 1, 12, 420.00, $32,983.17
36. Stormy Wing, 32, 0, 5, 415.00, $33,884.04
37. Luis Blanco, 33, 5, 14, 407.50, $38,132.62
38. Brant Atwood, 39, 3, 12, 382.50, $43,610.22
39. Justin Paton, 36, 0, 9, 380.00, $35,233.29
40. Fraser Babbington, 29, 3, 8, 377.50, $32,458.71
41. Dakota Buttar, 21, 1, 10, 339.16, $32,926.54
42. Ty Pozzobon, 20, 3, 11, 335.00, $18,798.84
43. Alex Aparecido Marcilio, 13, 3, 6, 295.00, $8,660.02
44. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 32, 3, 6, 290.00, $22,596.22
45. Josh Birks, 21, 3, 8, 279.16, $32,826.19


By: Justin Felisko August 21, 2016@ 12:17:00 AM

J.B. Mauney's 3-for-4 performance helped secure the Ride Score Championship. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


  • J.B. Mauney went 3-for-4 in Nashville to take the Ride Score Championship and crucial points to keep pace in the World Championship race. 
  • Cooper Davis had an interesting ride on his way to the Music City Knockout title, but the stroke of luck went a long way to making his World Championship case.
  • Jared Allen's Air Time once again showed why he's leading the way in the World Champion Bull race as he earned top bull marks on the weekend. 



NASHVILLE – Here are three things we learned following this weekend’s Frontier Communications Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires, this weekend at Bridgestone Arena.

Mauney wins Ride Score Championship to keep pace in world title race (8-20-16)

Reigning two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney failed to advance to the Final 4 of the 36-rider tournament when eventual winner Cooper Davisedged him by .25 points in the final round of Bracket B, but Mauney’s 87.5-point ride on Gentleman Jim wound up being influential to the 2016 world title race.

Mauney was eventually upset by Rubens Barbosa in the Second Chance Bracket when he was bucked off by Crossfire in 4.34 seconds and Barbosa remained on Cochise for 5.23 seconds.

However, Mauney wound up winning the Ride Score Championship, which consists of $27,000 and 300 world points, by going 3-for-4 for a total aggregate score of 265.25 points.

“What does that mean?” Mauney asked when informed he won the Ride Score Championship. “Well, hell yeah. Perfect. You told me something I didn’t know. To come here, I knew it was going to be rough getting on this many bulls. Cooper, he bumped me out earlier with a quarter of a point more than me, so I knew it was going to get a whole lot tougher going through the Second Chance Bracket. I didn’t do my job, that bull got me reared up and threw me off. At least if Cooper was going to beat me out, he won the event.”

Mauney left Nashville with 455 total world points. He earned 155 for advancing to the fourth round.

The Mooresville, North Carolina, cowboy sent Jess Lockwood to the Second Chance Bracket earlier in the evening during Round 3 when he rode Alligator Arms for 87.5 points and Lockwood bucked off I’m A Gangster Too in 5.85 seconds.

Alligator Arms actually left the bucking chutes backwards with Mauney, but the 29-year-old wasn’t to be fooled.

“He turned out a little backwards, but it really don’t bother me,” Mauney said. “You still have to ride them straight or backwards. It is all the same. Jess is a really good bull rider. He is going to be around for a long time. He had his feet whipped behind him on that bull. I have been on that bull once before and he is bad about whipping a man down. I guess I was just a little luckier than him today.”

Mauney rode Texicali for 90.25 points in Round 2 on Friday night for the highest scored ride of the weekend.

Lockwood (3-for-5) and Davis (3-for-5) were the only other two riders to record three qualified rides.

Thanks to his Ride Score Championship, Mauney was able to keep pace with current world leader Kaique Pacheco, who earned 500 world points in Nashville.

Mauney heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Express Employment Professionals Classic, presented by Osage Casino, second in the world standings and still just 160.33 points behind Pacheco. Davis is only 390.33 points behind Pacheco courtesy of his PBR Major victory.

“They will be hard to beat,” Mauney concluded. “Cooper is riding really good and so is Kaique. They will be in the running. That is for sure.”

Cooper Davis wins Music City Knockout

The Music City Knockout turned into a wild event with a series of unexpected twist and turns for Davis.

Davis appeared to be on his way to low-scored qualified ride on Big Sky in Round 4 before the bovine athlete fell to the ground just shy of 8 seconds, giving Davis a re-ride option.

Less than five minutes later, Davis went to town on Fast Talker for 87.75 points to eliminate Mauney.

“It just happened to be a drawing contest,” Davis said. “If I could do my part, I knew he was going to do his. To knock out one of your heroes, it is kind of bittersweet I guess. That was just a really good bull. I knew nothing about when I got in there. He faked left and went right and kind of had me bowed down. I figured I had to get a few more points myself with the spurs or else I knew I wouldn’t have passed (Mauney).

It then appeared as if Davis had been eliminated by Fabiano Vieira during the Final 4 when Vieira lasted 4.06 seconds on Hammer It Again and Davis was bucked off by Who Dey in 3.19 seconds.

Davis was defeated and exhausted as he crouched down following the buckoff and began to head to the locker room. However, a dislocated left shoulder prevented Vieira, who had dislocated the same shoulder at the Calgary Stampede, from competing in the final round and gave Davis another opportunity.

Therefore, Davis had to regroup and compose himself for his fifth bull of the night and sixth in 24 hours.

Somehow, Davis was able to hang on to win the 36-rider tournament event by lasting 4.21 seconds on World Champion Bull contender Pearl Harbor in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, while world leader Pacheco was no match for Jared Allen’s Air Time (2.54 seconds).

“This is great,” Davis said. “I came in here. I never won a (PBR) Major or a regular event title, and this was next on my bucket list.”

Davis began the weekend with an 82.5-point ride on Bad Finger to advance to Round 3. He then rode Red Moon on a crazy and wild trip for 83.75 points in Round 4 to defeat Paulo Lima.

The 22-year-old earned 625 points for his first PBR Major victory and a total of 905 world points. He rockets all the way from eighth to third in the world standings and is right on the cusp of usurping Mauney and Pacheco for the world lead.

“I guess Tulsa is going to be the next thing I am looking forward to,” Davis said. “I am going to keep taking it one event at a time and hopefully I will have $1 million in the pocket.”

Air Time earns top bull honors

Cooper Davis may want to give a portion of his winnings to Air Time after the great white spot once again made quick work of an opponent – this time the current world No. 1.

Within 2.54 seconds, Air Time had Pacheco crashing over his front end.

“He is a hard bull,” Pacheco said. “He pulled me to the front. He is the No. 1 bull.”  

Air Time was marked 46.5 points to edge out Hammer It Again for the high-marked bull award in Nashville. It was the third-highest bull score for Air Time this season and the sixth time in seven outs he disposed an opponent in less than 3 seconds.

“Air Time was being kind of a (jerk) with keeping his horn in the slab so we had to adjust that and mess with him more than I would like to, but it worked out. He got a little bit balled up in the start and he followed it up with a kick where he is Air Time.”

Hammer It Again was marked 46 points for his buckoff of Vieira and Pearl Harbor was next in line with 45.75 points.

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NASHVILLE – The stretch run to the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals is officially underway with the Frontier Communications Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires, Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. Here are three things we learned following the first two rounds of the 36-rider tournament.

If there was any doubt that Kaique Pacheco doesn’t have the merit to handle the big moment, then he once again proved that is numb to the pressure-filled situations leading up to the gate cracking open on the PBR’s biggest stage.

Pacheco capped off the first night of competition of the Music City Knockout with an 85-point ride on Legal Tender to eliminate his mentor and three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (83.75 points on Mojo Bone) from the tournament on the final ride of the evening.

“It was a fight against my bull,” Pacheco said with the help of Valdiron de Oliveira translating. “You don’t fight with the other guys. Alves is a good friend. I came here for one result. One job. This is a test. This is what I want to do.”

What made the ride that much more impressive was that not only was the current world leader matched up against his idol, but that J.B. MauneyFabiano VieiraJoao Ricardo VieiraPaulo Lima and Eduardo Aparecido– the five riders behind Pacheco in the world standings – had already punched their tickets to Saturday’s third round.

“I just wanted to ride my bull,” Pacheco said. “All of those guys ride good too. I have respect for those guys. I just kept working for the result to ride my bull.”

Alves (7.01 seconds on Yo Yo) had defeated Tyler Harr (4.96 seconds on Milky Jones) in Round 1.

RELATED: Click HERE for the complete Saturday bracket.

Pacheco is now 2-0 against Legal Tender. He previously rode Legal Tender for 88.25 points in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Friday night was the first BFTS event in which Pacheco was the world leader.

So there he was with everyone in attendance staring at him on the final ride of the night and just like that Pacheco made sure he left another lasting impression.

“The pressure? I just stay relaxed,” Pacheco concluded with a tiny bead of sweat running down his left cheek. “I feel normal. I don’t feel pressure.”

Two-time World Champion and CBS Sports Network commentator Justin McBride said Pacheco did exactly what champions are supposed to do in that moment.

“Yeah and it is a big thing for him to not even think about that,” McBride said. “That is for us to do. For him, that was a really nice bull. That is what you do. You don’t mess up. That is what separates good bull riders from champions. The champions don’t mess up with the ones they are supposed to ride.”


Fabiano Vieira and Joao Ricardo Vieira began the stretch run to the Built Ford Tough World Finals with question marks over their health following summer injuries.

On Friday, the No. 3 and No. 4 bull riders in the world standings quickly made a point to show no injury was going to slow them down during Bracket A competition.

Joao Ricardo Vieira, who was competing with a partially torn left bicep that happened at the end of May, advanced to Round 3 with an 85.5-point ride on Ante Up after Cody Heffernan lasted 2.33 seconds on Time Bomb.

“Good. No pain. Nothing,” he said. “This was a good bull for practice today. I was very focused on the bull. At 4, 5 seconds I thought maybe he was turning right. I stay focused.”

Fabiano Vieira had dislocated his left shoulder at the Calgary Stampede, but that didn’t stop him from advancing to Round 3. Vieira eliminated Cody Nance (2.58 seconds on Like A Boss) with his 85.75-point ride on The Colonel.

“It was nice,” Fabiano Vieira said. “I feel very, very good. No. Nothing. I just did physical therapy and it feels good. I feel 150 percent.”

He has ridden Machinery Auctioneer’s Colonel two times. Every other rider that has attempted Colonel has failed to reach 8 seconds. Vieira first rode Colonel in New York this season for 82.75 points.

“He has bucked off every bull rider,” Vieira said. “I have rode him two times. The first time I was 82 points. I come back and ride him now. It is nice. It is good.”

Fabiano Vieira – the 2015 Ride Score Champion in Nashville – will take on No. 34 Marco Eguchi Saturday night. Vieira has drawn Moto Moto (11-3, BFTS) for Round 3.

“I am just focused on ride, ride, ride,” he said. “It would be very nice to win tomorrow.”

Joao Ricardo Vieira has a Round 3 matchup against Lachlan Richardson. The 32-year-old takes on Sheep Creek (6-3, BFTS).

“I feel strong,” he added. “I feel strong mentally. I like this format. I like this event. The show starts tomorrow.”


The major storylines from night one in Nashville will revolve atop the world standings and much of Saturday will be focused around the upcoming J.B. Mauney vs. Jess Lockwood Round 3 matchup, but there are still a pair of Cinderella stories potentially in the making.

Marco Eguchi, the 34th seeded rider in the 36-man tourney, used an 86.5-point ride on Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe to upset No. 10 Mike Leein Round 2 of Bracket A. Lee was bucked off by Slinger Jr. in 5.9 seconds.

“I can’t think about how big of an event it is,” Eguchi said. “I need to keep doing my job. When they opened the gate, the bull’s horn hit my face. I just tried to get to the front again and get in right position and make 8 seconds.”

RELATED: Eguchi uses strong summer to return to BFTS

Eguchi is competing in his first BFTS event since May 2015 after being cut from the top PBR tour in March 2015.

The 26-year-old was once a rising young gun star, posting three consecutive Top-15 finishes in the world standings, including a sixth-place finish in 2013, in his first three BFTS seasons. However, he spent the majority of 2015 trying to overcome a right elbow injury that he sustained in Nampa, Idaho, during the 2014 season attempting to ride Pound The Alarm.

“I know this,” Eguchi said. “I know the Built Ford Tough. I am not younger here. I just concentrate to do my job and that’s it. (Being here with my friends) is the best part of coming here. I have a lot of friends on the Touring Pro too, but to stay here is important to me. I have special friends here. I started here.”

Eguchi, and the other 12 riders that advanced to Round 3, all picked up 50 world points. Eguchi moves from 37th to 34th in the world standings.

When asked if he understood what a Cinderella story or what being called an underdog meant, Eguchi at first said he never heard the term before.

Once explained what a Cinderella story is, Eguchi smiled.

“Well I don’t trust in a Cinderella story,” Eguchi said. “I trust in God. I know he can do everything. No matter how worse you are. If he wants, he can make you a champion in life or an event. I am putting my life in his hand and try to do my job. That is it.”

Eguchi advanced out of Round 1 when his 7.76-second buckoff on Hot n Ready was enough to advance on time compared to Mason Lowe’s 5.6-second buckoff against Springer Mountain.

No. 31-seed Nathan Schaper is also trying to craft his own Cinderella story. Schaper advanced to Round 3 with 4.54 seconds of work on What’s Under Your Hood. He eliminated Shane Proctor (3.91 seconds on Wipeout). Earlier in the evening, Schaper (5.56 seconds on Tom Horn) edged out 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi (5.52 seconds on Hillbilly Music) in Round 1.

Schaper was cut from the BFTS earlier this season, but his 50 world points pushes him to 30th in the world.

He will square off against Aparecido in Round 3. Schaper has drawn Bad Apple (0-0, BFTS).


Chase Outlaw returned to the BFTS with high expectations on Friday night and the first rider to nod his head in Bridgestone Arena is heading home with extreme disappointment.

Outlaw was bucked off by Cooper Tires Semper Fi in 2.2 seconds and sustained two injuries. According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Outlaw sustained a concussion and a left shoulder sprain and separation. Freeman said the injury was not related to his last surgery, but Outlaw said later in the evening that he was informed he would likely be out for the next six weeks.

Robson Palermo did not compete in Round 2 despite making it out of Round 1 (4.18 seconds on Big Benny). Per Freeman, Palermo chose to not continue in the tournament after aggravating a pre-existing right knee sprain. He is questionable for Tulsa.

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