FABIANO VIEIRA EEKS OUT VICTORY IN PBR’S EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS INVITATIONAL

Fabiano Vieira walks away as the event winner after riding Red Moon for 89.25. Photo By: Andy Watson/BullStockMedia.com

By: Heather Croze - PBR.com

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In the last ride of the weekend, Fabiano Vieira put up 89.25 points on Red Moon (Holmes/Jackson/Flying S) in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Championship Round to edge Mason Lowe for the victory in the Express Employment Professionals Invitational presented locally by Sonic.
  • Lowe put together a monster 91-point ride aboard Sweet Pro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck) and then had to watch Vieira’s ride to see if he would score his first career Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) victory. 
  • Vieira and Lowe both went 4-for-4 on the weekend as the two battled for the title. With the victory, Vieira earned 595 points toward the PBR world standings after racking up 10 points in Round 1, 35 points in Round 2, 50 points in the championship round, and 500 points as the leader in the aggregate of this three-day event. He took home $34,400.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In the last ride of the weekend, Fabiano Vieira put up 89.25 points on Red Moon (Holmes/Jackson/Flying S) in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Championship Round to edge Mason Lowe for the victory in the Express Employment Professionals Invitational presented locally by Sonic. Lowe put together a monster 91-point ride aboard Sweet Pro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck) and then had to watch Vieira’s ride to see if he would score his first career Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) victory. 

Vieira and Lowe both went 4-for-4 on the weekend as the two battled for the title. With the victory, Vieira earned 595 points toward the PBR world standings after racking up 10 points in Round 1, 35 points in Round 2, 50 points in the championship round, and 500 points as the leader in the aggregate of this three-day event. He took home $34,400. To see Vieira’s ride on Red Moon click here.

Lowe finished in second place and earned 340 world standings points, taking home $17,600. Lowe’s ride on Bruiser marked the first 90-point ride of his PBR career.

“I felt really good and I thought I had it,” Lowe said. “That ride on Bruiser went great and I did everything I could to win, but I have to give credit to Fabiano.”

Former Rookie of the Year (2013) Joao Ricardo Vieira also went 4-for-4 on the weekend as he tied for third place with reigning PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney, each earning 265 world standings points on the weekend.Mauney used a 90.25-point ride aboard 2015 PBR World Champion Bull Sweet Pro’s Long John (D&H Cattle Co.) to catapult himself from eighth place into the Top 5 of the event.

Gage Gay recorded his best finish of the 2016 season to date, as he took fifth place, earning 112.5 world standings points for the finish. Robson Palermo, who had been on pace to challenge for the event title in Oklahoma City had to sit out the championship round after aggravating his lower back during Round 3. Despite missing his final ride, Palermo still finished in sixth place, tied with Mike Lee. Each rider and collected 105 world standings points.

In his first appearance of the season, 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi finished in a respectable eighth place, going 3-for-4 for the event and earning 95 points. At the end of 2015, Marchi reported that he would sit out the 2016 season to have surgery on his right knee. He used the time between the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals and this event to strengthen his knee and decided to test it this weekend.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen’s Lane’s Magic Train and Brutus (Boyd/Floyd) were the Salem Nationalease High-Marked bulls in Oklahoma City with scores of 45 out of 50 points each. Lane’s Magic Trane dispatched Brady Sims in 1.22 seconds while Brutus took care of Gay in 1.94 seconds, both in the championship round.

The next stop on the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series schedule will be the Anaheim Invitational at the Honda Center on Jan. 29-31. This three-day event will include a 15/15 Bucking Battle, featuring the Top 15 PBR bull riders going head-to-head with the Top 15 bulls in a special round of competition.  All of the 15/15 Bucking Battle action will air on CBS on Sunday, Jan.31 at noon ET.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 of the Anaheim Invitational live on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10 p.m. ET. Round 3 and the championship round will air on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all of the action live via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes, or online at www.pbr.com/live.

The Express Employment Professionals Invitational was the third event on the 2016 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season consists of 26 stops, with the Top 35 bull riders in the world traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, California, Dallas, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and more. 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. For complete schedule information, fans can visit www.PBR.com

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. 

Professional Bull Riders
Express Employment Professionals Invitational

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2- Round 3-Championship Round-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Fabiano Vieira, 85.5-85.75-83.75-89.25-344.25-595 Points.
2. Mason Lowe, 82-84-83.5-91-340.50-340 Points.
3. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 68.75-84.5-85.75-87-326.00-265 Points.
(tie). J.B. Mauney, 0-87.75-82.5-90.25-260.50-265 Points.
5. Gage Gay, 0-84.25-86.25-0-170.50-112.5 Points.
6. Robson Palermo, 83.75-87.5-0-0-171.25-105 Points.
(tie). Mike Lee, 86.5-0-0-0-86.50-105 Points.
8. Guilherme Marchi, 0-83.25-74.5-80.75-238.50-95 Points.
9. Aaron Roy, 86-0-84.75-0-170.75-75 Points.
10. Cooper Davis, 84.5-0-86-0-170.50-67.5 Points.
11. Kaique Pacheco, 86.25-77.5-0-0-163.75-65 Points.
12. Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-86-0-86.00-55 Points.
13. Derek Kolbaba, 0-86-0-0-86.00-50 Points.
14. Stetson Lawrence, 86-0-0-0-86.00-45 Points.
15. Douglas Duncan, 0-85.75-0-0-85.75-35 Points.
16. Shane Proctor, 0-0-85.25-0-85.25-30 Points.
(tie). Cody Nance, 85.75-0-0-0-85.75-30 Points.
18. Valdiron de Oliveira, 84.75-0-84.75-0-169.50-20 Points.
19. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-85-0-0-85.00-15 Points.
20. Markus Mariluch, 85.5-0-0-0-85.50-10 Points.
21. Ben Jones, 83.25-0-80.5-0-163.75-5 Points.
(tie). Brady Sims, 85-84.25-0-0-169.25-5 Points.
(tie). Claudio Crisostomo, 0-83-83.75-0-166.75-5 Points.
24. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-84.25-0-84.25
25. Emilio Resende, 83.25-0-0-0-83.25
26. Silvano Alves, 78.25-0-0-0-78.25
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Justin Paton, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 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. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 13, 4, 7, 1,005.00, $152,474.40
2. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 4, 0, 3, 975.00, $33,900.00
3. Fabiano Vieira, 5, 1, 2, 666.66, $44,485.39
4. Robson Palermo, 9, 0, 2, 650.00, $19,127.95
5. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 14, 2, 2, 625.00, $43,675.68
6. J.B. Mauney, 5, 0, 3, 540.00, $27,284.63
7. Mason Lowe, 7, 1, 3, 450.00, $25,744.66
8. Valdiron de Oliveira, 9, 0, 3, 432.50, $24,147.52
9. Mike Lee, 11, 1, 4, 390.00, $26,194.54
10. Derek Kolbaba, 11, 4, 5, 360.00, $43,256.85
11. Gage Gay, 7, 1, 2, 317.50, $20,425.00
12. Aaron Roy, 4, 0, 1, 290.00, $10,691.67
13. Kasey Hayes, 3, 0, 1, 280.00, $17,300.00
14. J.W. Harris, 3, 1, 1, 250.00, $16,300.00
15. Cody Heffernan, 11, 4, 6, 221.66, $18,191.61
16. Kaique Pacheco, 7, 1, 3, 207.50, $16,694.38
17. Ryan Dirteater, 3, 0, 1, 200.00, $10,778.33
18. Lindomar Lino, 10, 1, 5, 170.00, $15,427.38
19. Chris Lowe, 4, 2, 4, 155.00, $13,426.55
20. Silvano Alves, 9, 0, 1, 152.50, $11,005.06
21. Douglas Duncan, 4, 0, 0, 150.00, $8,105.00
22. Tyler Harr, 9, 0, 4, 147.50, $12,102.72
23. Justin Paton, 9, 0, 4, 137.50, $12,972.69
24. Shane Proctor, 4, 0, 1, 126.66, $17,418.80
25. Lachlan Richardson, 8, 1, 1, 110.00, $6,637.30
26. Nathan Schaper, 5, 0, 0, 105.00, $3,425.00
27. Bonner Bolton, 1, 0, 0, 102.50, $4,950.00
28. Jorge Valdiviezo, 5, 1, 5, 100.00, $9,161.70
29. Cristiano Cunha, 4, 1, 2, 95.00, $7,559.14
29. Guilherme Marchi, 1, 0, 1, 95.00, $1,900.00
31. Cody Ford, 10, 1, 2, 92.50, $8,782.71
31. Ben Jones, 3, 0, 0, 92.50, $4,475.00
33. Nevada Newman, 9, 0, 3, 90.00, $9,755.48
33. Fraser Babbington, 6, 1, 2, 90.00, $6,678.07
33. Tanner Byrne, 6, 0, 1, 90.00, $12,211.48
33. Chad VanAmburg, 1, 1, 2, 90.00, $8,784.88
37. Kurt Shephard, 13, 1, 4, 80.00, $6,554.04
37. Brady Oleson, 10, 0, 0, 80.00, $10,640.00
39. Scottie Knapp, 8, 1, 2, 77.50, $7,706.48
40. Roscoe Jarboe, 9, 0, 2, 70.00, $9,175.41
41. Cooper Davis, 1, 0, 0, 67.50, $3,275.00
42. Tristan Mize, 13, 0, 3, 65.00, $7,666.88
42. Roy Dunn, 6, 0, 4, 65.00, $6,745.65
44. Gustavo Pedrero, 2, 1, 2, 62.50, $4,023.86
45. Robson Aragao, 6, 0, 1, 60.00, $6,240.14
45. Josh Faircloth, 9, 0, 3, 60.00, $5,882.57
45. Beau Willis, 13, 0, 4, 60.00, $5,091.25
45. Marcio Roberto dos Santos, 1, 1, 1, 60.00, $3,520.00
45. Eddie Carlon, 4, 2, 2, 60.00, $3,596.72
45. Parker Breding, 2, 1, 1, 60.00, $3,319.12
45. Cody Martin, 1, 1, 1, 60.00, $3,902.92
45. Brant Atwood, 4, 1, 1, 60.00, $4,417.56
45. Nestor Valtierra, 1, 1, 1, 60.00, $24,948.00

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LOWE, MAUNEY END OKLAHOMA CITY WITH SLAM DUNKS

By: Justin Felisko January 24, 2016@ 09:00:00 PM

Mason Lowe and J.B. Mauney closed action strong in Oklahoma City

HIGHLIGHTS

  • J.B. Mauney surpassed the 90-point threshold first by bettering 2015 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Long John for 90.25 points.
  • Reese Cates had actually selected the bull for Mauney while Mauney was being attended to by sports medicine following his 82.5-point ride on Darth Vader to end Round 3.
  • No. 11 bull rider in the world standings Gage Gay won his second BFTS round of the season by riding Redbone for 86.25 points in Round 3.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Here are three things we learned from this weekend’s Express Employment Professionals Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Lowe, Mauney end Oklahoma City with slam dunks

In an arena where Oklahoma City Thunder and NBA superstar Kevin Durant has made some monstrous slam dunks, second-year pro Mason Lowe and two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney brought the thunder themselves on Sunday afternoon. 

Mauney surpassed the 90-point threshold first by bettering 2015 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Long John for 90.25 points.

“I don’t know if it was easy or not,” Mauney said. “I like that bull. Big bulls like that have a lot of up and down and I usually get along with them as long as I do my job. I knew it was going to be a good matchup. I had to do my job and luckily it worked out.”

Reese Cates had actually selected the bull for Mauney while Mauney was being attended to by sports medicine following his 82.5-point ride on Darth Vader to end Round 3.

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Mauney twisted his left ankle during his dismount.

“When he asked me which bull to pick for me, I said, ‘I don’t care. Just pick the rankest one left in there,’” Mauney said. “He come back and told me he picked Long John for me. Somebody then said, ‘Why didn’t you pick Air Time?’ But he said, ‘Well, he already has a bad ankle.’”

It is the second consecutive successful ride for Mauney against the defending World Champion Bull. Mauney rode Long John last season for 92.25 points in Thackerville, Oklahoma, as he took over the No. 1 ranking in the world standings.

Mauney was then bested by Lowe, who won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round with a career-high 91-point ride on SweetPro’s Bruiser.

“I heard everyone on the back of the chutes hollering and right at the end he got me on the end of my arm and kind of blew up,” Lowe said. “He tried to whoop me down and I let loose for a second and got back on top of my rope.”

Mauney (3-for-4) finished tied for third overall in the event with Joao Ricardo Vieira (4-for-4) with 265 points. He rode his last three bulls of the weekend, including Hou’s Back for 87.75 points to win Round 2, and earned 105 of his points for finishing fourth in the event average.

Vieira – the No. 2 bull rider in the world standings – finished fourth in the championship round with an 87-point ride on Cooper Tires Semper Fi. He trails world leader Paulo Lima by 30 points heading into next weekend’s Anaheim Invitational.

Lowe confidently selected Bruiser with the second pick of the draft despite the fact that Bruiser had never been ridden by a right-handed bull rider on the BFTS. Kaique Pacheco (94 points in Guymon, Oklahoma,) is the only right-handed rider to cover Bruiser at any PBR event.

“I woke up this morning wanting to pick that bull and I knew he fit my style,” Lowe said “He kind of had me off for a second and I just let loose and everything and let it go.”

The ride capped a career-best 4-for-4 performance for the 22-year-old. It also was Lowe’s first career ride in the championship round.

Lowe began the weekend with an 82-point ride on Cartwright. He then rode Rickey for 84 points in Round 2 and No Diggity for 83.5 points in Round 3.

The Exeter, Missouri, bull rider finished second overall in the event with 340 points, and is now the seventh-ranked bull rider in the world standings after beginning the season 1-for-5.

“This is what I should have been doing the entire time,” Lowe said. “I don’t know what I was doing those first couple of events. I kept falling off.”

Guilherme Marchi, the 2008 World Champion, finished fifth in the championship round with an 80.75-point ride on Jeremiah. Marchi turned down his re-ride option after becoming the first rider in 16 BFTS outs to convert aboard Jeremiah.

“I am so happy to cover him today,” Marchi said. “No one has ever ridden that bull and I am the first guy. It helps build my confidence a little bit. I know he is one of the best bulls right there. He is hard to ride.”

Marchi finished the event eighth overall with 95 points – 30 from his fifth-place finish in the championship round and 65 for placing fifth in the event average.

Gage Gay wins Round 3; bucks off high-marked bull in championship round      

No. 11 bull rider in the world standings Gage Gay won his second BFTS round of the season by riding Redbone for 86.25 points in Round 3.

“I have been on that bull before and I knew he was going to rear a lot and throw them horns up in my face,” Gay said. “I knew that is right where I needed to be – right between them. So that is just where I tried to stay.”

Gay had previously been bucked off by Redbone (2.16 seconds) at the 2014 Touring Pro Division event in Big Sky, Montana.

The round win earned him 100 of his 112.5 world points that placed him fifth in the event. Gay is 11th in the world standings.

Cooper Davis and Ryan Dirteater tied for second in Round 3 with 86-point rides on Black Jack and Hard Times. Joao Ricardo Vieira (85.75 points on Set ‘em up Joe) placed fourth and Shane Proctor (85.25 points on Spin Machine) was fifth. Aaron Roy (84.75 points on Green Back) and Valdiron de Oliveira (84.75 points on Closing Time) split sixth and seventh.

Gay was later bucked off by Brutus in 1.94 seconds. Brutus was marked 45 points to tie with Lane’s Magic Train (1.22-second buckoff against Brady Sims) for the weekend’s high-marked bull honors.

Fabiano Vieira escapes chute clock to win 11th career BFTS event

Fabiano Vieira didn’t need to surpass the 90-point mark to win on Sunday afternoon, but he did have to survive the chute clock.

Vieira was put on the clock during the championship round as he was preparing to nod his head on Red Moon and was able to hone in his focus and get out of the chute just before the clock hit zero.

The rest was easy money for the 33-year-old from Perola, Brazil, and Vieira rode Red Moon for 89.25 points to seal the 11th BFTS victory of his career.

“I thought the bull didn’t look good in the bucking chute,” Vieira said. “He was standing on the side of the gate and I was scared for him to come over. I think the judge sees the bull standing in the middle. It is OK. I know the guys need us to ride fast for TV and everything. I just the needed the bull to move a little bit, and I was like, ‘Let’s go.’”

The ride placed him third in the round for 50 world points, but more importantly, helped him win the event average and 500 world points.

Vieira went 4-for-4 for the first time since January 2014 (New York) and won the event with 595 total points.

He had earned 10 points in Round 1 with an 85.5-point ride on KA264 that tied him for sixth-place in the round. He then earned 35 points for riding Shilo for 85.75 points in Round 2, which placed him tied for fourth in the round.

Vieira rode Fire & Smoke for 83.75 points in Round 3 to enter the championship round with the No. 1 pick in the bull draft.

He heads into the Anaheim Invitational as the No. 3 bull rider in the world standings and trails Lima by -338.34 points.

INJURY UPDATES

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Dickies Bullfighter Frank Newsom sustained a concussion and facial lacerations when he was hit on the chin byJW Hughes’s Excavation in Round 3 while stepping in to save 21-year-old Kaique Pacheco.

Newsom had to be boarded out of the arena and into sports medicine, where Freeman sutured the lacerations in the training room. Newsom was in good spirits following the event, but is listed as questionable for Anaheim.

Newsom’s injury opened an unexpected door for Bullfighter’s Only Director Aaron Ferguson to step into the action as an alternate third bullfighter alongside Shorty Gorham and Jesse Byrne.

Ferguson fought bulls at the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and is a bullfighter for roughly 130 rodeos a year.

Sunday was his debut at the BFTS level.

“I was down here cleaning out the Bullfighters Only office and Jerome Robinson called and said Frank unfortunately got knocked out,” Ferguson said. “Frank is a really tough guy and they typically work a three-man system here. For Shorty and Jesse, that is their wheelhouse and I was lucky enough to get the call and step in.

“The Built Ford Tough Series for bullfighters is as good as you can get. To get to step onto this stage is a dream come true. This is what I have been watching since I was a little kid.”

Newsom was not the only person who sustained an injury Sunday.

Douglas Duncan dislocated his right big toe and sustained a possible ankle fracture when Gangster Roll stepped on him in Round 3.

Derek Kolbaba did not compete in the championship round because of a concussion when he collided heads with Victory Dance in the third round. 

Robson Palermo opted out of the championship round after aggravating a lower back injury during his 4.38-second buckoff against Papa Pook.

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PALERMO EXTENDS CONSECUTIVE RIDES STREAK TO 7 (1-24-16)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Here are three things we learned from Round 2 of the Express Employment Professionals Invitational, presented locally by Sonic, on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Robson Palermo extends consecutive ride streak to seven

Robson Palermo says he feels like he can be a Top-5 bull rider in the world this season and his current consecutive riding streak may be serving as proof.

Palermo rode Uncle Tink for 87.5 points – giving him seven consecutive rides since riding Lil Gremlin for 79.5 points in Chicago – to finish Round 2 in second place and earn 60 points toward the world standings.

“I watched that bull a couple of times on video,” Palermo said. “J.B. (Mauney) and Joao Ricardo (Vieira) were a couple of the guys that got on him. I knew he would fit me pretty good and he did the same thing. He kicked there and turned back left. He looks easy, but he kind of moves his shoulder a lot.”

The three-time World Finals event winner last rode seven in a row when he ended the 2011 season with five straight and began 2012 with two more rides.

Coincidentally, 2011 was Palermo’s highest finish in the world standings when he concluded the season ranked third in the world standings. In 2012, Palermo finished the year seventh after claiming his PBR-record third World Finals event victory.

“I am off to a pretty good start this year,” Palermo said. “I am starting to feel good. I am getting on those good bulls like I have been doing and I hope to continue. PBR brings good bulls here. I am happy now and I am riding good.”

Palermo rode eight consecutive bulls in 2008-09.

Palermo is 2-for-2 in Oklahoma City and is tied for the event average lead with Fabiano Vieira.

There are four more riders with two qualified rides: Brady SimsMason LoweKaique Pacheco and Joao Ricardo Vieira.

Sims and Lowe each head into Sunday in search of their first BFTS victories.

“I just have to ride,” Sims said after riding Red Cloud for 84.25 points. “I have been trying my guts out, and I just wasn’t always getting it through. This week I came home and I was kind of mad. I built a drop barrel to practice on and I have been on it since I got back from New York.”

Lowe, who rode Rickey for 84 points in Round 2, has been fighting a head cold all week and slept for about five hours on Saturday afternoon following an autograph signing.

“As soon as I got back I slept until about 6,” Lowe said. “I had a fever and I woke up soaking wet.”

And about going for that first career victory?

“I just need to stay on,” he replied. “That is about it.”

Palermo has begun the season 7-for-8 and is ranked fourth in the PBR world standings. Palermo trails world leader Paulo Lima (0-for-2) by 400 points in the world standings.

It wasn’t all rosy for Palermo on Saturday as Uncle Tink did step on his left ankle — the same ankle in which he tore ligaments during the 2014 World Finals when Smooth Operator stepped on him.

Palermo spent the majority of Saturday night icing his ankle in the sports medicine room.

“I got stepped on today, but not bad,” Palermo said. “I just got cut and I will be a little bruised, but I will be OK for tomorrow.”

Mauney wins Round 2 despite hyperextended left elbow

It appeared as if Palermo was going to walk away with his second Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) round win of 2016, but that was until defending World Champion J.B. Mauney stole the victory with an 87.75-point effort on Hou’s Back despite hyperextending his left elbow Friday.

Mauney was able to stay forward on Hou’s Back, instead of getting reared back and locking his elbow into a painful position like he did on Friday night attempting to ride Jailbreaker.

“My elbow has been jacked up for a long time and so has my hand,” Mauney said while holding his elbow after the round. “As long as I do like I did tonight and stay out over bulls, and don’t let them get me back there where you are not supposed to be, it doesn’t hurt, but it will lock up and won’t turn loose.”

The elbow may not turn loose, but Mauney sure did for his second round win of the season. He is the first rider to win multiple BFTS rounds in 2016 and the 100 points he earned for the victory moves him to seventh in the world standings.

Sports medicine taped the elbow for Mauney before the ride and asked the two-time World Champion when he last had any X-rays or an MRI taken of his elbow.

He just shrugged.

“They have it taped to try and prevent it from going completely straight,” Mauney said. “That is when it does (hurt) the worst. It locks up and I don’t have any motion in it. It pretty much locks up to 90 degrees. There is no telling what is all wrong with it. I am pretty sure I never had X-rays on it. There is some crap going on in there, but that is all a part of it.”

Mauney previously covered Hou’s Back for 90.25 points at the 2014 World Finals. Last year he was awarded a re-ride on the bull during the Finals.

Derek Kolbaba placed third in the round with an 86-point ride on Little Z for 50 world points.

Fabiano Vieira (85.75 points on Shilo) and Douglas Duncan split fourth and fifth in the round for 35 points toward the world standings.

Wallace de Oliveira (85 points on Big Benny) placed sixth and Joao Ricardo Vieira (84.5 points on Walter Pepper) was seventh. Oliveira picks up 15 points toward the world standings, while Vieira earns five.

Marchi gets first qualified ride of 2016 despite multitude of injuries

Guilherme Marchi is relying on heart, determination and effort as he tries to ride with torn ligaments in both of his knees and a torn bicep muscle in his riding arm.

All three of those characteristics were on full display as the 2008 World Champion used pure upper body strength to hang on to Here’s Your Chance for 83.25 points.

It is his first qualified ride since tearing his bicep at the 2015 Calgary Stampede last July.

“My body is not prepared yet, but today my heart is good for me,” Marchi said. “Today, I feel like my knee is more strong. It popped a little bit after 6 seconds, but I kept trying. I am so happy. I feel like I am 90 points. I know it is going to be hard to keep this going all year long, but the more bulls I get on the more confidence I am going to have. Let’s see what God has prepared for me. If I need to have surgery so I will do it. For now, I am still going to train hard at MJP (Michael Johnson Performance).

“I am just so happy to be back at the PBR.”

Before nodding for the gate, Marchi had Kaique Pacheco pulling his rope, while Paulo Crimber and Joao Ricardo Vieira offered words of encouragement.

“It means a lot to me,” Marchi said. “Those guys know how hard these past couple of years have been. Those guys are my brothers. I support them when they need me and they support me when I need them. I am so happy to have them as buddies.”

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MARCHI BUCKS OFF IN RETURN (1-23-16)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Here are three things we learned from Round 1 of the Express Employment Professionals Invitational, presented locally by Sonic, at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday night.

MARCHI BUCKS OFF IN RETURN TO ACTION

Guilherme Marchi looked as rusty as can be and was bucked off by Sketchy Bob in 3.32 seconds in his first action since tearing his right MCL at the 2015 Built Ford Tough Finals.

“I am feeling great,” the 2008 World Champion said. “I am not happy I fell off the bull, but no pain. That was very important for me. The bull bucked kind of nasty with me, but it was my first bull after the Finals. Tomorrow is another day.”

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Marchi will face Here’s Your Chance (0-0, BFTS) in Round 2 on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old agreed he needs to improve his timing and get his comfort level back if he hopes to find success on the BFTS.

“Yeah. It has been three months since I have gotten on a bull,” Marchi said. “I had no confidence with my knees and stuff. I thought that bull was going to turn right there and he kind of opened up and hopped and skipped.

“I am happy to be ready for tomorrow.”

LAWRENCE SITTING TIED FOR THIRD FOLLOWING 19-HOUR DRIVE

Stetson Lawrence had plenty of time in the past two days to think about bull riding, but he didn’t have much time to relax before the event Friday.

Lawrence arrived in Oklahoma City at 6 p.m. – two hours before the start of the bull riding – after making a 1,200 mile drive from Wolf Point, Montana, this week.

The drive didn’t seem to slow Lawrence by any means and the North Dakota native split third in the round with roommate Aaron Roy by riding Dirt Road— which of course is even more fitting – for 86 points.

“It was just a good bull into my hand,” Lawrence said. “It was pretty good. I sucked back around the third or fourth round and I relaxed, opened up and had fun.”

Roy extended his consecutive ride streak to four by covering First Instinct for 86 points. Both riders earned 45 points toward the world standings.

Roy last rode four in a row on the BFTS level four years ago.

Lawrence entered the event in a 1-for-6 slump with no world standings points.

The 27-year-old split his 19-hour drive into two segments. He drove 10 hours to Lima, Colorado, on Thursday and the final nine hours to Oklahoma City on Friday.

Lawrence made the trip because he and his wife, T.K., whose family is from Wolf Point, are moving back to Texas for February as she begins her barrel racing season.

“I had a long drive down here,” Lawrence said. “Me and the wife are going to stay down in Texas for the month of February. We brought my car down this week and after this event I will fly back and help her drive down with her horses.

“It was a good time to get my mind right and focus on having fun and doing what I love instead of forcing it like I was the first two events.”

Lawrence has drawn Wired Child (7-2, BFTS) for Round 2.

LEE WINS FIRST ROUND SINCE 2015 NAMPA, IDAHO, 15/15 BUCKING BATTLE

Mike Lee’s riding style is one not fitting to win many rounds on the BFTS at this point in his career.

However, the 2004 World Champion has made a successful career off gritting his way to the 8-second mark 487 times on the PBR’s marque circuit.

Regardless, Lee was able to walk out of Chesapeake Energy Arena with his first round win since winning the 2015 15/15 Bucking Battle in Nampa, Idaho, with an 86.5-point ride on Swamp Wreck.

“Any time I make a check, it is a good deal,” Lee said. “That was a real good little bull. He is pretty fast and had a lot of action. I liked it. I got in time and God blessed me tonight. It was great.”

Lee earns 100 points toward the world standings and moves up one spot to sixth overall.

The 15-year veteran has nodded his head more than 1,000 times on the BFTS, but he also has attempted hundreds of additional bulls in the practice pen throughout his lifetime. He never shies away from a bull and has broken in a lot of younger bulls for stock contractors, which certainly helps on nights like Friday when it is an ABBI Classic Round with new 3- and 4-year-old bucking bulls.

“These young bulls, you just have to feel and make them comfortable before you nod because if you are too aggressive you will make them nervous and they will do something you don’t want them to do,” Lee said.”

Lee has drawn Mister Mean (0-0, BFTS) for Round 2.

There were a total of 16 qualified rides in Round 1.

Kaique Pacheco placed second in the round for 60 world points with an 86.25-point ride on Roll of the Dice.

Cody Nance, who bought a Dick Carr bull rope for $200 from Kasey Hayeslast weekend, finished fifth with an 85.75-point ride aboard Roll Royce. Nance earned 30 points toward the world standings.

“I won three events two years ago pretty close together with a Dick Carr rope,” Nance said. “I don’t know. Shoot, I was riding with a Brazilian rope and it wasn’t working out for me. I have rode for 14 years with an American rope. I have tried to ride with a Brazilian rope here and there and different types. It works if you know how to ride with it, but my natural instincts keep going back to pushing and driving over the front end.”

Nance attempted four bulls this week under the nighttime sky at home in Tennessee.

“The guys that were going to pop latches and pull my rope for me didn’t get off until later,” Nance said about practicing with a pair of car headlights shining on his practice pen.”

Markus Mariluch (85.5 points on Lost Soul) and Fabiano Vieira (85.5 points on KA264) split sixth and seventh place for 10 world standings points.

This weekend is Mariluch’s final injury exemption before being subject to the BFTS cutline.

 “Well, I am just trying to stay on every bull this weekend – that is my goal – and let it play out,” Mariluch said. “I got one rode and left New York on a good note and got this one rode.”

Mariluch currently trails Justin Paton, the holder of the last alternate spot in the draw, by 665 world points. The winner of the event average at a three-day BFTS event earns 500 world points.

“Every point matters here,” Mariluch said. “This is super important. Hopefully I stay on tour and keep getting a bunch of points.”

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DAVIS AND MARCHI RETURNING IN OKLAHOMA CITY (1-21-16)

PUEBLO, Colo. – 2015 World Finals event winner Cooper Davis is set to return to action this weekend at the Express Employment Professionals Invitational in Oklahoma City.

Davis has missed the first two events of the 2016 season following surgery to repair tendon and nerve lacerations in his riding hand.

The 21-year-old sustained the injury in November working on his parents’ house in Jasper, Texas, when a piece of tin slid off a barn he was working on and slit his right wrist.

Davis heads into his second season on tour following a sixth-place finish in the 2016 world standings.

He has drawn Bad Beagle (0-0, BFTS) in Round 1 on Friday night.

VIDEODavis prepares for return to BFTS.

Round 1 is the first American Bucking Bull Industry Classic Round of the season. Some of the best 3- and 4-year-old bulls in the world will be competing at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in hopes of becoming full-time BFTS bucking stars in the future.

2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi has also informed the PBR’s competition department that he will return to the BFTS on Friday.

Marchi flip-flopped on a decision to return in New York last week after attempting a practice bull to no avail.

He is attempting to ride this season with multiple knee injuries sustained during 2015. Marchi previously announced in October that he was going to undergo surgery and would likely sit out the 2016 season.

The 13-year BFTS veteran tore his right MCL attempting to ride Oscar Pduring the third round of the 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals. That injury occurred close to two months after tearing his left PCL/MCL in Thackerville, Oklahoma, trying to make 8 seconds aboard Cut the Cord.

Marchi has drawn Sketchy Bob (0-0, BFTS) in Round 1.

Claudio Crisostomo is also making his 2016 season debut. Crisostomo hasn’t competed on the BFTS since last year’s Des Moines Invitational in April because of a shoulder injury and is in the draw with an injury exemption.

The 30-year-old takes on Blackjack (0-0, BFTS) in the first round.

Four-time PRCA champion and No. 10 bull rider in the PBR world standings J.W. Harris will not compete in Oklahoma City after sustaining multiple injuries, including a right elbow and forearm strain, chest contusion and upper back rib sprains, he sustained attempting to ride Mishap in Round 2 on Saturday night.

Markus Mariluch and Emilio Resende will also compete in Oklahoma City as alternates. Neither rider has been able to take advantage of their injury exemptions thus far this season.

Mariluch is using his last exemption in Oklahoma City and has yet to earn any points on the BFTS, going 1-for-5. 

Resende (one more remaining injury exemption after Oklahoma City) has only earned 12.5 points in two BFTS events. However, Resende is coming off a 2-for-4 performance in New York that netted him those 12.5 points. Overall, he has 25 world standings points and is sitting 58th in the standings.

Mariluch faces Lost Soul (0-0, BFTS) in Round 1 and Resende squares off with Hustle Man (1-1, BFTS).

Kasey Hayes rode Hustle Man for 87 points last season in Springfield, Missouri. 

Derek Kolbaba is in the draw after the PBR competition department extended five BFTS exemptions to Kolbaba following the 19-year-old’s BlueDEF Tour win in Denver.

Kolbaba was absolutely on fire last week. He not only won Denver, but he went on to win the Pueblo, Colorado, Touring Pro Division event and Reno, Nevada, BlueDEF Tour event.

The No. 6 rider in the world standings has ridden seven bulls in a row, including Mr. Bull for 89.5 points in Reno, and is scheduled to meet Udder Lover (0-0, BFTS) in Round 1.

World leader Paulo Lima was originally in the draw because of his BlueDEF Tour victory in Ontario, California, but is officially in the draw as the top alternate following his win in New York.

Lima will be officially seeded on tour starting with the sixth BFTS event of the season (St. Louis) when five spots in the draw will be based on the 2016 world standings.

The 28-year-old has drawn Losing My Religion (2-0, BFTS). Both of Losing My Religions buckoffs came against Dave Mason last year.

The final four alternates competing in Oklahoma City are Wallace de Oliveira and Australians Cody HeffernanLachlan Richardson and Justin Paton.

Oliveira – currently ranked third in the world standings – has drawn Glory Days (3-1, BFTS).

Heffernan is coming off a career-best 2-for-4 performance in New York and faces Cut the Cord (2-0, BFTS).

Richardson will face Acting Crazy (0-0, BFTS) and Paton will see Comeback Wacked (0-0, BFTS).

They are replacing the following riders in the draw: Harris, Matt Triplett(elbow surgery), Renato Nunes (retirement), Bonner Bolton (neck) Chase Outlaw (shoulder surgery), L.J. Jenkins (retirement) and Alexandre Cardozo (neck).

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