Inman tops rookies to capture prestigious Ada title
ADA, Okla. – Toby Inman is having the most fun of his career as a freestyle bullfighter and it showed in his demeanor this past Saturday.
He earned the Bullfighters Only Ada Invitational championship through two wild bouts on Saturday night and walked away from the Pontotoc County Agri-Plex with $12,000.
“I’m flabbergasted,” said Inman, a bullfighting veteran from Davis Junction, Ill. “I’m stoked, and it hasn’t completely set in yet.
“Ada’s always been a big event. It is one of the biggest events I have ever been in, and it’s just getting better. You always have good bulls, and the fans that come are fantastic. When you go to Ada, you know the stands are going to be full with people who know bullfighting.”
Inman was the lone veteran to qualify for Saturday night’s Hooey Championship Round. He was joined by rookies Colt Oder, Tucker Lane and Justin Ward, three up-and-coming athletes who made their way to Saturday’s competition through Friday’s Qualifier Rounds. READ MORE...
TUCKNESS FIGHTING ON FAMILIAR TURF
Bullfighting legend returns to battle on hallowed ground
ADA, Okla. - It is the building where legends were made and where bullfighters have fought for a name. For years, the sport of freestyle bullfighting clung to life inside the walls of the Pontotoc County Agri-plex.
Ada is a quiet college town in central Oklahoma, but the name has long been synonymous with the freestyle bullfighting community. Legendary bullfighter, Rex Dunn, produced the first bullfights there in 1999 and continued until 2012.
Much to the delight of the local bullfighting fans, Bullfighters Only brought the fights back to Ada in 2017. They’ll return for two nights this year - April 13th & April 14th at 7:30 pm nightly.
In 2006, Dunn invited a young rookie by the name of Dusty Tuckness to Ada for the first time.
“Ada was kind of the measuring stick at that time,” Tuckness said. “Dunn didn't have the sweet, nice, fun bulls. He had a lot of great bulls, but he had a lot of intimidating bulls. You’d kind of get thrown to the wolves, and see if this is something you can survive.” READ MORE...
WATCH - BFO featured on HBO's VICE News
From VICE News:
"Freestyle bullfighting is kind of like the skateboard vert ramp event at the X-games, except the ramp has two massive horns, weighs 1,500 pounds, and desperately wants to kill you."
The rules are simple - you’ve got 60 seconds to pull off as many tricks as possible. The more dangerous and stylish, the more points. You also get points for how ferocious your opponent is. Whoever gets the most points walks home with the cash.
VICE News got ringside with a young star in the bullfighting world to find out why he won’t just settle down and get a nice, safe, desk job." READ MORE...