BFO's  Deck is Loaded for Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS – Bullfighters Only (BFO) is holding four of a kind as it prepares for the BFO World Championship, set for Dec. 2-3 and 8-10 at Resorts World in Las Vegas.

 

It’s going to be a four-man race for the BFO title belt, awarded each year to the premier Freestyle Bullfighting league’s World Champion.

 

Current Pendleton Whisky World Standings leader Tyler Mansell, Weston Rutkowski, Aaron Mercer and Alex McWilliams will push in all their chips to bet on winning the coveted title. Fourteen more of the best bullfighters in the game will try to play spoiler and take home their share of the $125,000 in prize money.

 

Idaho’s Mansell, aka the 22-year old “Caldwell Kid”, came through the BFO Development Camp system two years ago and quickly found success on the tour. He finished last season ninth in the World Standings. This season, he went on a hot streak and never let up, with major wins in Fortuna, CA, Ogden, UT and Dallas.  His 29,950 points puts the target on his back as the man to beat going into Resorts World.

 

The legendary 33-year-old veteran Rutkowski, BFO’s four-time world champion, is nipping at Mansell’s heels with 25,175 points.  Because of his history in this game, he might just have the Las Vegas odds in his favor to win a fifth title belt. If that were to occur, he would tie the iconic Rob Smets with the most world championships in freestyle bullfighting.

 

Aaron “Mercy” Mercer, 27, put a pause on the Rutkowski dynasty in 2019 and 2020, winning the BFO World Championship both years.  A serious knee injury in 2021 sidelined the Canadian the entire season.  He returned in 2022 with a vengeance to prove he still belongs on top.

 

The 23-year old McWilliams is a rising star of the BFO.  Many fans of the sport believe he’s destined for a World Title.  Big victories this year in Salinas, CA and Las Vegas (where he pocketed $30,000) have the Californian poised to make history this December.

 

These athletes will be matched up against formidable bullpower.  Fighting bull icon Dennis Borba, along with Trever Hamsher and 2021 BFO Contractor of the Year Troy Bradshaw plan to bring the heat to the Vegas Strip!

 

Each man will compete either Dec. 2nd and 8th or Dec. 3rd and 9th.  The fighters with the best two-bout cumulative score will advance to Championship Saturday on Dec. 10th.  All performances begin at 1:30PM.

 

BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League.  BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the most treacherous fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport.  BFO is committed to the humane treatment of our extraordinary animal athletes.

 

Battle Rages at Red River Rumble

 

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BFO bullfighters will be part of their own border war at State Fair of Texas

 

DALLAS – Inside Fair Park Coliseum on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas, history holds its breath and awaits the future. From roller derbies to professional hockey and basketball games, it was the epicenter of Dallas sports more than a half century ago. For many, its place in rodeo lore is well-established, the first home of the National Finals Rodeo from 1959-1961. 

 

In just days, it will be the home of the Bullfighters Only Red River Rumble, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and will feature the top freestyle bullfighters in the sport battling head-to-head just like the Longhorns and Sooners will that Saturday morning. It’s Oklahoma vs. Texas, but the bovines involved in this battle are real. 

 

“I think it’s just cool to be part of the history of that coliseum,” said Weston Rutkowski, a four-time BFO world champion from Haskell, Texas. “With the NFR starting there in 1959, I grew up knowing all the rodeo greats that went to that coliseum and competed. “There’s so much history in that one building. It’s not only being from Texas, but knowing we’re part of an event that just adds to the history.” 

 

Team Texas and Team Oklahoma will feature five-man squads, and they will battle head-to-head in the opening round. Held in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas, this BFO event is as big as Big Tex standing guard over the fairgrounds. There will be five winners out of the opening round of competition, with the four bullfighters that posted the highest scores advancing to the championship round. Those four will then battle with the top animals from Penthouse Fighting Bulls to see which one will come out the victor and walk away from Dallas with the lion’s share of the prize money and the edge rolling into the BFO World Finals. 

 

“It’s pretty special to get to compete in this event,” said Austin Ashley of Purcell, Oklahoma, who will represent his home state in the bullfight.  "It's such a cool event to have in that old coliseum where they had the NFR back in the day. The crowd really gets into it, and the atmosphere is electric.” 

 

Expect that and more for this year’s showcase, which will feature established veterans mixed with some of bullfighting’s rising stars. Rutkowski is the winningest man in the field, but he will be joined by Alex McWilliams and Aaron Mercer, a two-time world titlist. 

 

The format helps highlight the symphony of a freestyle bullfight, where men utilize their athletic skills and bull savvy while facing agile Mexican fighting bulls that were bred for this type of fight. Based on a 100-point scale, the bulls will score up to 50 points for their aggressiveness, athleticism and ability to stay in the fight, while the bullfighters will score up to 50 points for their performance to remain close to the animal while performing maneuvers around and sometimes over the bull. 

 

The Red River Rumble is also a chance to highlight the college rivalry that has been ongoing for more than 120 years. The event’s champion will be able to carry that title and all the bragging rights with them to their respective side of the Red River, which divides Oklahoma and Texas. 

 

“When you’re raised in Texas, you grow up hearing about the game,” Rutkowski said. “That weekend is well-known for being about OU vs. Texas. It goes with the demographic in this part of the world. I have to hold my ground and represent Texas well.” 

 

Ashley knows it all too well. His hometown is just 19 miles from the University of Oklahoma, so he knows what the OU-Texas rivalry means. Transitioning it to the bullfighting ring is just his way of extending it in his favor. “It’s a pretty big honor to get to represent the state where I was born and where I grew up,” Ashley said. “It’s hard to describe all the emotions that go into it. This is my home state. There’s a lot on the line for it.” 

 

This is also the last bastion of hope for title contenders and others hoping to make the December trip to Las Vegas to battle for the 2022 BFO world championship. 

 

“This is the last big-money event there is,” Ashley said. “It gives some of the guys that are a little lower in the standings one last shot to get a jump on the guys that are in the top five. We’re going to fight a good set of bulls, and the talent is great on both sides. That just adds to the intrigue of the Red River Rumble.” 

 

“This is the last stop before the BFO World Championship at Resorts World in Vegas,” Rutkowski said. There’s a lot riding on this event. If I’m going to win my fifth world title, or if someone else is going to win the world title, then it puts that person in a great position to do that. “A lot comes down to this event, but I expect noting less than for all those guys to show up and lay it all on the line.” 

 

Date: Oct. 8, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: State Fair of Texas, Dallas

record setting event comes to vegas

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Four freestyle bullfighters, one bull each, $50,000 in prize money!

 

On Saturday, August 20th at South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, four BFO athletes will compete for the largest single go-round purse in freestyle bullfighting history.  In partnership with the richest event in the history of Reining, The Run for a Million presented by Teton Ridge, BFO's "Fight for Fifty" will be broadcast LIVE on Cowboy Channel and streamed around the world.

 

"From BFO's inception, the goal has been to build the biggest platform in the history of the sport.  From stadium shows to our World Championship in Las Vegas, that journey has been full of milestones" explains Joey Austin, Bullfighters Only CEO.  "But four fighters competing on one-head for their share of fifty grand?  That's definitely a high-water mark. I'm extremely thankful Run for a Million believes in our ability to deliver a thrilling competition for their global audience."

 

Scheduled to compete:

 

Weston Rutkoswki - Haskell, TX

The 4-time, defending BFO World Champion is the all-time winningest freestyle bullfighter.

 

Aaron "Mercy" Mercer - Calgary, AB

The Canadian sensation Mercer is the one bullfighter to beat Rutkowski for a BFO World Title.  The 2x World Champion is looking to prove he's back in elite form after a serious injury sidelined him in 2021.

 

Tyler Mansell - Caldwell, ID

The "Caldwell Kid" comes into Vegas on a hot streak with big wins in Fortuna, CA and Ogden, UT.  Only a few years removed from being a student in the BFO D-Camp system, Mansell has proven he now belongs at the sport's highest level.

 

Alex McWilliams - Paso Robles, CA

Fan favorite McWilliams won two BFO events this summer, including the prestigious Salinas title in his home state of California.  Combining elite athleticism and an evolving bull-savvy, the 23-year old is looking to claim his first World Championship.

 

Penthouse and Hamsher will team up to bring the best fighting bulls in the game.  "We have to ensure the bullpower matches this historic moment and that's what Trever and I plan to do," explains Troy Bradshaw of Penthouse Fighting Bulls.

 

BFO play-by-play voice Andy "The Wolverine" Burelle will be joined by ProRodeo Hall of Fame announcer Bob Tallman for in-house commentary.

 

The Cowboy Channel and livestream scheduled broadcast team will consist of Steve Ross, Taylor Sheridan, Cole Hauser and Freestyle Bullfighting legend Mike Matt.

 

BFO will institute a 4-judge scoring system to determine the "Fight for Fifty" Champion. Payout will be: 1st - $30,000; 2nd - $10,000; 3rd - $7,000 and 4th - $3,000.

 

Date:  August 20, 2022

Location: South Point Arena, Las Vegas NV

Time: 4PM PST/6PM CST

Tickets: CLICK HERE

 

BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League.  BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the most treacherous fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport.  BFO is committed to the humane treatment of our extraordinary animal athletes.

 

Ogden getting ready for BFO

Top bullfighters in the game are preparing for the Utah Championship

 

OGDEN, Utah – There is one thing in common about the men who will be part of the Bullfighters Only Utah Championship presented by Browning, set for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Weber County Fairgrounds in Ogden. They all want to win this freestyle bullfight. 

“We always pack the heat at those events and get the best guys possible,” said Aaron Mercer, a two-time BFO world champion from Calgary. “We damn sure have a good lineup.” That’s true, with four of the 12 men in the mix that are in the top 10 in the BFO Tour Standings. Mercer, who sits third in the world, leads the pack, but the event will also feature Alex McWilliams, who is fresh off his win at California Rodeo Salinas; he moved up to fourth in the standings. They will be matched with some athletic animals from Troy Bradshaw’s Penthouse Fighting Bulls, which were specifically bred for this type of fight. Based on a 100-point scale, the bulls will be judged up to 50 points each for their agility, aggressiveness and ability to stay involved in the fight, while the men will also be judged on the same scale for their athleticism, ability maneuver around, and sometimes over, the bulls. “I’m not sure what bulls Troy is bringing, but I’m hoping they’re fresh and new,” Mercer said. “That way we can really show off against those bulls. It’s going to be a good event.” Mercer has seen the BFO’s mountain top and knows there is some stiff competition when he arrives at any event on the slate. He wants to continue to build as the season progresses and be in top form when he arrives the BFO World Championship in December at Resorts World in Las Vegas. “I’ve been working my way up,” said Mercer, who won BFO gold in 2019 and 2020. “I came back a little late this year. I’m feeling good, training again and getting back into the gym. I’ve been letting the body heal a little bit and getting ready to fight at my top level.” He’ll likely need it. All athletes excel when they’re feeling their best, and freestyle bullfighting is as physical of an event as there is in sports. The goal for each man who plays this particular game is to be at the top when the season comes to a close in four months.

 

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In Ogden, there will be four bouts featuring three men. The top scores in each bout advance to

the championship round. The four men in the finale will face off against some of Penthouse’s top bulls, and the bullfighter with the top score will be crowned the champion. “It’s been pretty interesting this year,” Mercer said. “The level of competitors we’ve had this year is the best I’ve seen in a long time. I’m sitting in the top five right now, but Ogden could give me a big jump on getting closer to leading the world in the Bullfighters Only standings. “My goal is to go in there and win that and put me right up there toward the top.”

Alex Mcwilliams is the 2022 BFO Salinas Champion

SALINAS, Calif.- Since he first strapped on a pair of cleats and decided that bullfighting was his career of choice, Alex Mcwilliams has wanted to win California Rodeo Salinas. 

He accomplished that goal over the past few nights of Bullfighters Only competition, winning the championship with a four-fight cumulative total of 341 points. The first round he tied with Aaron Mercer for fourth and fifth place. On Friday night McWilliams tied with Chance Moorman for the round win. Saturday afternoon Mcwilliams fought off a tough bull to stay in the hunt moving into Championship Sunday where McWilliams finished off the week with a second place finish in the round. 

Weston Rutkowski of Haskell, Texas finished second overall with 338.5 points, followed by Aaron Mercer of Calgary, Alberta with 333 points in third place. Fourth and fifth place came in as a tie with Ely Sharkey of Ainsworth, Nebraska and Austin Ashley of Purcell, Oklahoma. Sixth place was Chance Moorman of Lytle, Texas. Moorman lit up Salinas winning round one and splitting first in round two as well. He ultimately ended up last due to a bad outing in the last round where he was caught by the bull and received a no score. 

 

Results:

Alex Mcwilliams- 341 Points

Weston Rutkowski- 338.5 Points

Aaron Mercer- 333 Points

Ely Sharkey- 329.5 Points

Austin Ashley- 329.5 Points

Chance Moorman- 256.5 Points

Bullfighting is going Ski Hi

BFO Colorado Championship will feature top competitors Saturday night

 

MONTE VISTA, Colo. – At almost a mile-and-a-half of elevation, the Bullfighters Only Colorado

Championship will be the jump-start event for the 100th annual Ski Hi Stampede. It’s the perfect beginning to a celebration that has such a strong legacy, and it will provide intense, high-energy action for which freestyle bullfighting is known. This is man vs. beast, and it’s a dangerous game that nine men will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ski Hi Park in Monte Vista.

 

“The bulls we’re going to see are big, fast and mean,” said Colton Orcutt, a 20-year-old bullfighter from Kersey, Colorado. “When they’re that big and strong and fast, it gives you more of an uplifting feeling when you can break them down and get around them. You’re getting around the monsters of the group.”

 

The bulls will come from Troy Bradshaw’s Penthouse Fighting Bulls, which have been featured

at the BFO’s world finale. The BFO Colorado Championship is one of the tour events that push

bullfighters toward the Road to Resorts World, where they will battle for the 2022 world title in

December. “I like those kinds of bulls,” said Orcutt, a second-generation freestyle bullfighter and the only man in the field from Colorado. “Those are the bulls that will slim down the list and help decide who really wants it. It’s going to be a cattle battle, a knock-down, drag-out fight.”

 

The competition features each man going toe-to-toe with Spanish fighting bulls that were bred

for this kind of contest. With scores based on a 100-point scale, half the total comes from how

aggressive the bull is and its willingness to stay in the fight; the other half comes from the bullfighter in how he maneuvers around and sometimes over the bull while remaining close to the action and staying out of harm’s way.

 

“I’m really looking forward to this one,” said Austin Ashley, the reigning BFO reserve world

champion from Purcell, Oklahoma. “Back in the ’90s, the Wrangler Bullfights held an event in Monte Vista. It’s neat to see it going back there, and I’m just excited to be part of it. “With Troy and Penthouse, there’s going to be a high caliber of bull power. They’ll be the ones we can be a lot of points on. It’s going to be an action-packed show. There’s going to be a lot going on, a lot of hookings. It always happens when Troy brings the heat to town. It’s going to be a good bullfight, that’s for sure.”

 

The BFO Colorado Championship will feature three of the top four men in the world standings.

Four-time world champion Weston Rutkowski leads the pack and is in second place on the points list. He is followed closely by Chance Moorman and Aaron Mercer, a two-time world titlist.

 

They will be in the mix with other top performers and up-and-coming stars in the game: Besides

Ashley and Orcutt, the event will also showcase the talents of Alex McWilliams, Cauy Kraut, Tyler

Mansell and Dylan Idleman. There will be three 3-man bullfights, and the men who withstand that pressure and come out with the top score will advance to the championship round. That’s where the winner will be crowned, and the titlist will walk away with the lion’s share of the prize money and be a step closer to the end goal in Las Vegas.

 

“I’m coming in here feeling pretty good,” Orcutt said. “This is pretty much the top guys coming

into this event. It’s the best of the best going down the road. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.” With that level of competition mixed with the bull power, there is great anticipation for what is going to happen when the bell rings. “The level of competition of the bullfighters that are going today is really high up there,” Ashley said. “It’s going to be a stacked bullfight. There’s not going to be a weak round. I think you’re going to have to be in the 90s just to make the short-go. The level of bullfighting has gotten so good. It definitely won’t be easy. When you have challenges like that, it makes it fun to be a part of.”

 

BFO BEGINS HUGE SUMMER TOUR IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY!

 

Bullfighters Only (BFO) is proud to announce a unique a standalone event coming to beautiful New Braunfels TX on Memorial Day weekend!  The BFO “Diaz de los Toros” presented by Tree Haus Tavern will take place on Saturday May 28th at Diaz Ranch, home of legendary Charro Jerry Diaz.

 

This event will kick off an epic BFO schedule throughout the United States, ultimately culminating in crowning the BFO World Champion in Las Vegas this December. 

 

Nine of the best freestyle bullfighters in the world will fight inside a traditional ring against Penthouse Fighting Bulls hottest animal athletes.  Seating is limited and close to the action!

 

Come early and enjoy live music, drinks and food trucks.  Then witness the majestic horses made famous by the Diaz Family.

 

It will be a fun day for the entire family...and it won't end when the last bull is fought!  Come dance on the dirt when San Antonio's own Isaac Jacob Band will play immediately after the show.

 

Gates open at 4:30PM.  Bullfights begin at 7:00PM.  Isaac Jacobs Band immediately after.

 

Seating is limited and tickets will go fast! 

 

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BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League. BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport. BFO is committed to the humane treatment of our extraordinary animal athletes.

 

BFO KICKS OFF THE 2022 SEASON IN SAN ANTONIO!

 

For the first time, in partnership with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Bullfighters Only (BFO) will bring a standalone event to San Antonio TX! The BFO “Freestyle Fiesta” will take place on Sunday Feb. 27th at 2PM inside Freeman Coliseum.

 

While many BFO fans may recall some exciting bullfights during the San Antonio rodeo in previous years, there has never before been a full-scale BFO competition in San Antonio. This year, nine (9) of the best bullfighters in the world will compete in three 3-man rounds, working to earn their way to the 3-man Championship Round. Ultimately, one bullfighter will emerge as the inaugural BFO Freestyle Fiesta Champion!

 

The day at Freeman Coliseum will be filled with fun for the entire family. At 11AM, before the BFO competition, fans will experience a Mexican Charreada. Originating in the 16th Century, Charreria became Mexico's Official Sport, popularized by the charros of Jalisco and the nation of Mexico.

 

Admission to the event is FREE with a ticket to the Fairgounds.

 

BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League. BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport. BFO is committed to the humane treatment of our extraordinary animal athletes.

 

BFO KICKS OFF THE 2022 SEASON IN SAN ANTONIO!

 

For the first time, in partnership with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Bullfighters Only (BFO) will bring a standalone event to San Antonio TX! The BFO “Freestyle Fiesta” will take place on Sunday Feb. 27th at 2PM inside Freeman Coliseum.

 

While many BFO fans may recall some exciting bullfights during the San Antonio rodeo in previous years, there has never before been a full-scale BFO competition in San Antonio. This year, nine (9) of the best bullfighters in the world will compete in three 3-man rounds, working to earn their way to the 3-man Championship Round. Ultimately, one bullfighter will emerge as the inaugural BFO Freestyle Fiesta Champion!

 

The day at Freeman Coliseum will be filled with fun for the entire family. At 11AM, before the BFO competition, fans will experience a Mexican Charreada. Originating in the 16th Century, Charreria became Mexico's Official Sport, popularized by the charros of Jalisco and the nation of Mexico.

 

Admission to the event is FREE with a ticket to the Fairgounds.

 

BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League. BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport. BFO is committed to the humane treatment of our extraordinary animal athletes.

 

CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED!

 

2021 BFO World Champion- Weston Rutkowski

2021 BFO World Championships Event Winner- Austin Ashley

2021 Skipper Voss Rookie of the Year- Reynaldo Aguilar

2021 BFO Contractor of the Year- Penthouse Fighting Bulls

2021 Bull of the Year- Hugh Hefner of Penthouse Fighting Bulls

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY

 

After a long 10 days, these 9 athletes moved on to compete in Championship Saturday:

 

Weston Rutkowski | Ely Sharkey | Toby Inman | Tyler Mansell | Dylan Idleman | Seth Wilson

Austin Ashley | Alex McWilliams | Reynaldo Aguilar

 

The theme of Saturday was BULL POWER. The best fighting bulls in the world, brought by Penthouse Fighting Bulls and Manuel Costa Fighting Bulls, were put on display.

 

Round 1 featured McWilliams, Sharkey, and Inman. Inman and Sharkey were overmatched but the California kid, Alex McWilliams, was up to the challenge and punched his ticket to the Championship Short Round.

 

Round 2 featured Ashley, Mansell, and Aguilar. All eyes were on the Cinderella story of Reynaldo Aguilar. The underdog from the International Wild Card Qualifier had made his way onto the Championship stage and would now compete in the fight of his life. Unfortunately for Aguilar, the bull power proved to be too much on this day. Mansell showed up and showed out, but it wasn't enough to oust Ashley. Ashley went punch to punch with Fire Ant of Penthouse Fighting Bulls, moving him into the Championship Short Round.

 

Round 3 featured Idleman, Wilson, and Rutkowski. Wilson was knocked out of competition and sent to the hospital by Peekaboo of Penthouse Fighting Bulls. Idleman pulled off the impossible and defeated the World Champion contender, Weston Rutkowski.

 

The Championship Short Round was left to McWilliams, Ashley, and Idleman.

McWilliams faced Big Nasty of Manuel Costa Fighting Bulls in a true demonstration of man versus beast, earning a score of 83.25. Idleman faced Hookem of Penthouse Fighting Bulls. Fighting to survive after a hard hit in the long round before, Idleman once again rose to the occasion and scored an 85. Ashley faced Secret Weapon of Penthouse Fighting Bulls and walked out on top with a score of 86.75.

 

Austin Ashley was crowned the winner of the 2021 BFO World Championship and proved that he is a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming years.

 

After a long 2021 season, Weston Rutkowski proved you don't have to win the battle to win the war. Rutkowski's regular season earnings edged out Ashley by a mere 1,335 points crowning him the 2021 BFO World Champion and his fourth world title.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

LONG ROUNDS

 

The worlds top 18 bullfighters returned to Las Vegas for the first time in two years to a new home, Resorts World Las Vegas. The 18 athletes would battle it out over 10 days, competing in two long rounds that would determine who went on to compete Saturday, December 11th, based on accumulated points.

 

Round 1 | December 3rd

The first round had a tough roster filled with talent that included three World Championship contenders. Ely Sharkey won his round in style while earning the highest marked fight of the day. Weston Rutkowski found himself in a match up with the same bull that knocked him out of the 2020 World Championship race, Gator, of Penthouse Fighting Bulls. Rutkowski took his revenge and won his round. The story of the day though was Tyler Mansell, who defeated a World Champion contender, Beau Schueth. Mansell did the infamous " Mercy Roll" to take home his first BFO World Championship round win.

 

Round 2 | December 4th

The second round highlighted several upcoming BFO standouts and the resurgence of a veteran. Austin Ashley took a commanding lead in his first Vegas bullfight picking up right where he left off this fall. Seth Wilson faced some tough luck in his round earning himself a refight, but that bad luck didn't last long. Wilson took full advantage of his second opportunity and made the highest marked fight of the weekend, winning his round. The third round win went to none other than the Demo Man, Toby Inman. After a long season of bumps and bruises, Inman made his comeback in Vegas. Between his signature back fake and a jump at the end, Inman won his round and left the statement that the best is yet to come.

 

Round 3 | December 9th

After a week off, the 18 athletes returned to action picking up right where they left off. The first half of athletes took to the stage battling Manuel Costa Fighting Bulls. Sharkey returned to the second long round with the same goal in mind, and again left with the round win. Rutkowski came to the second round and reminded everyone why he is a three-time world champion. With a score of 88.5 points, Rutkowski left his second round with the win. Dylan Idleman came hungry after a second place finish in his previous round. Idleman put on a show and topped it off with a jump at the end, leaving him as the round winner.

 

Round 4 | December 10th

Toby Inman took home another round win proving that he has made his comeback. Even with a round win, no bullfighter is ever promised a safe escape. During Inman's fight he was clipped and stepped on, leaving his arm severely cut. Even with the injury, Inman still chose to compete and looked forward to fighting in the Championship Round on December 11th. Ryder Rich, a rookie to the BFO, pulled off the impossible by beating out Austin Ashley by a half-point and earning himself the round win. Alex McWilliams, a fighter who has consistently held a top 5 spot in the World Standings, exemplified why he has been a front runner all year, and he left with a score of 88 and the round win.

 

 

 

BFO HAS NEW VEGAS HOME!

 

Bullfighters Only (BFO) is pleased to officially announce its new partnership with Resorts World Las Vegas. Since 2015, Vegas crowds have been thrilled with the unmatched adrenaline-pumping action of Bullfighters Only, plus the fun party that accompanies the event. On Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 9-11 at 1:30PM, the bravest athletes in the world take on the most feared fighting bulls for over $75,000 in cash and the ultimate prize, the title of BFO World Champion.

 

Eighteen (18) athletes will compete in a tournament–style format trying to earn their way to the Hooey Championship Round.

 

In an unprecedented commitment to stimulate growth of the sport, BFO is allowing one International Wild Card Qualifier. Earlier in 2021, BFO held a Development Camp (D-Camp) in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The top 3 students from that camp will travel to Las Vegas to battle each other on Wednesday, Dec. 1st at the LV Convention Center (Cowboy Christmas) for one coveted spot in the BFO World Championship at Resorts World.

 

“Vegas has always been a great fit for BFO. We’ve had some unforgettable moments,” explained CEO Joey Austin. “This year’s move to Resorts World will allow us to present our show at an incredible new top-of-the-line resort property. The World Championship is more up-for-grabs than ever been so the drama will be thick. Plus, we can now provide so many more on-site entertainment options for our fans.”

 

Along with Bullfighters Only, Resorts World transforms into “Rodeo World” by hosting a number of events, including the daily Hooey Music Jam and nightly NFR Viewing Party hosted by Anthony Lucia. The Resorts World Breakaway Championship will feature the best female ropers in the world competing for a huge cash prize. Hall of Fame Breakaway Roper Lari. D. Guy will host her “Rope Like a Girl” morning teaching clinics, plus the Cowboy Select Horse Sale takes place on the final Friday of the NFR.

 

For BFO World Championship tickets and special BFO Resorts World room rates, CLICK HERE.

 

For more information on all the “Rodeo World” activities at Resorts World, CLICK HERE.

 

BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League. BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport. BFO is committed to the humane treatment of our extraordinary animal athletes.

 

BFO MAKES HISTORY IN MEXICO

 

BFO pioneers Beau Schueth and Weston Rutkowski put on the very first BFO Development Camp in Aguascalientes Mexico. BFO partnered with Bullfighters Mexico (BFM) to produce this ground breaking school in Mexico.The two legends of the sport instructed 16 students, teaching them the fundamentals of freestyle bullfighting over the course of 3 days.

 

As the school went on it was very clear Mexico had some real talent. One student in particular, Julian Rodriguez, stood out amongst the rest earning him the title of MVP at the camp which then earned him a spot in the BFO World Championship this December in Las Vegas, NV. 

 

When they were not instructing, Beau and Weston were chauffeured around Aguascalientes throughout the week  and learned about the rich bullfighting culture the city held.

 

BFO and BFM have made history in Mexico and will be planning multiple schools in the future thus expanding the opportunities of freestyle bullfighting on an international level. 

 

 

SCHUETH STRIKES AGAIN

 

Beau Schueth stunned a record crowd in Fortuna, California on Friday, July 16th, taking home the coveted Sequoia Cup trophy. 

 

Schueth topped a talented field of 12 BFO invitees and dominated the event from start to finish. Schueth went 82 in the long round to then beat out Alex McWilliams, Weston Rutkowski, and Bryce Redo in the Championship Round. 

 

Schueths victory wasn’t the only thing to celebrate in Fortuna. The rodeo celebrated it's Centennial year with a record-attendance almost doubling its past record. 

 

THE ROOKIES TAKE OVER RENO RODEO

 

In his Reno Rodeo Rookie debut, Austin Ashley bests many BFO legends to take home the Reno Rodeo title.

 

Round 1 of the bullfights was survival of the fittest. Beau Schueth proved he was up to the challenge beating Ely Sharkey by one point and moving on to the Championship Round.

Round 2 was filled with injuries and triumphs. Aaron Mercer and Alex McWilliams were both injured and ended their fights with a No Score. Austin Ashley however had an incredible 85 point fight and took home the round win!

 

Round 3 was “Rookie vs. BFO Legends,” where the underdog took down two Goliaths. Conner Larrivee, the BFO D-Camp recruit, put up the highest marked bullfight of the week with an 87 point fight while his opponents, Weston Rutkowski and Toby Inman, failed to rise to the occasion.

 

The Short Round roster was left with two rookies and BFO sensation, Beau Schueth. Larrivee started off the Short Round with a 80.5 point fight but was injured at the very end of the fight, leaving him with a shattered knee cap. Austin Ashley followed Larrivee’s fight with a flawless 88.5 point fight. Schueth was the last guy of the night and was unable to match Ashley’s fight. Schueth scored an 86 and took home 2nd.

 

Round 1:

Dillon Idleman- 75 pts

Ely Sharkey- 80 pts

Beau Schueth- 81 pts

 

Round 2:

Austin Ashley- 85 pts

Alex McWilliams-NS

Aaron Mercer- NS

 

Round 3:

Weston Rutkowski-73pts

Conner Larrivee-87pts

Toby Inman- 72pts

 

Championship Round:

Conner Larrivee- 80.5pts

Austin Ashley-88.5pts

Beau Schueth- 86pts

BULLFIGHTERS HONOR BFO PIONEER ROSS HILL

 

You may not have recognized your favorite bullfighter at the recent BFO in Athens, TX.  Beau Schueth, Toby Inman, Ely Sharkey, Weston Rutkowski and Aaron Mercer (Pictured L-R) ditched their own trademark styles to honor a BFO Pioneer recently lost to an ATV accident, the "Alabama Slamma" Ross Hill.  For one night, these BFO stars donned white shirts and red bandanas as a tribute to one of the most captivating personalities the sport has ever known.

 

3x BFO World Champion and the rest of the rodeo world poured out their condolences and memories of Ross.  Weston lamented, "I learned what it took to be at the top of my game [from Ross].  He was an innovator of the sport, motivator to anyone and everyone that would listen, counselor to the younger generation, and role model to everyone who was afraid to be themselves.  I love you and will miss you.  You will never be forgotten."

 

As the BFO hits our next tour stop in Reno, NV June 22-25, rest assured Ross Hill's memory will continue to be a source of inspiration for these athletes.

 

Athens, TX Results:

 

Friday Night:

 

1. Aaron Mercer - 89 pts

1. Weston Rutkoswki - 89 pts

3. Beau Schueth - 84 pts

4. Ely Sharkey - 80 pts

5. Toby Inman - 73 pts

 

Saturday Night:

 

1. Aaron Mercer - 88 pts

1. Beau Schueth - 88 pts

3. Weston Rutkowski - 83 pts

4. Ely Sharkey - 82 pts

5. Toby Inman - 73 pts

 

Average Payout:

 

1. Aaron Mercer - $2,500

2/3. Weston Rutkowski - $1,375

2/3. Beau Schueth - $1,375

4. Ely Sharkey - $500

5. Toby Inman - $250

 

 

 

About Bullfighters Only: BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League. BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport.

 

BFO Partners: Cavender’s, Pendleton Whisky, Hooey Brands, Flexfit, Rock and Roll Denim, W-W and Gold Buckle Beer.

 

CAVENDER'S COWTOWN SHOWDOWN AIRS FEB. 28TH

 

The Cowboy Channel will broadcast BFO's first major event of 2021 on Sunday, February 28th at 7:30PM CST.  To find the Cowboy Channel in your area, check HERE.  You can also watch all the action on the Cowboy Channel Plus app.

 

The Cowboy Channel will continue to broadcast BFO Tour events throughout 2021.  Stay tuned for our updated schedule!

 

  

About Bullfighters Only: BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League. BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport.

 

BFO Partners: Cavender’s, Pendleton Whisky, Hooey Brands, Flexfit, Rock and Roll Denim, W-W and Gold Buckle Beer.

 

BFO HEADS BACK TO COWTOWN!

 

 

FORT WORTH, TX - After hosting the wildly successful BFO World Championship in December, the gladiators of BFO are set to return to the Fort Worth Stockyards for an electric night on Saturday February 20th.

 

 

Scheduled to compete: Reigning 2-time BFO World Champion Aaron Mercer, 3-time BFO World Champion Weston Rutkowski, “Silent Assassin” Beau Schueth, Toby “Demo Man’ Inman, Alex McWilliams, Dylan Idleman, Dekevis “Air” Jordan, Ely Sharkey, Austin Ashley, Seth Wilson, Ben Walton and Justin Ward.

To make the night even more special, BFO is adding music!  The incomparable Red Shahan hits the stage at approximately 9:30PM to keep the party going until 1AM.

 

Tickets start at $25.  VIP Options include pre-show tour and meet-n-greet.  Buy your tickets HERE.

 

  

About Bullfighters Only: BFO was founded by bullfighters and is Freestyle Bullfighting's Premier Professional League. BFO features an international roster of elite athletes competing against the meanest fighting bulls for the largest purses in the history of the sport.

 

BFO Partners: Cavender’s, Pendleton Whisky, Hooey Brands, Flexfit, Rock and Roll Denim, W-W and Gold Buckle Beer.