MERCER SHOWS NO MERCY
Canadian wins Kent Cup, extends lead in World Standings
KENT, Wash. – A few months ago, Aaron Mercer left everything he knew at home in Calgary, Alberta, and opted to chase his dreams in the world of professional freestyle bullfighting.
“I’ve pretty much given my summer to Bullfighters Only,” said Mercer, who is making it pay off in a big way. He won his ninth event championship this past Saturday by claiming the inaugural BFO Kent Cup, adding $12,000 and pushing his season earnings to $56,350.
He is firmly planted as the No. 1 man in the Pendleton Whisky World Standings and owns a lead of $19,620 over the second-place bullfighter, three-time world champion Weston Rutkowski.
“This feels great, because I’m going into the finals sitting first,” Mercer said, referring to the 10-day, year-end finale set for Dec. 5-14 at the Tropicana Las Vegas. “The money at the finals is going to be big, so it’s going to be a dogfight in Vegas. You don’t want to take your foot off the throttle now. I’ve got a target on my back, but I’m ready to dodge bullets.” FULL STORY...
LEGEND EXCITED FOR KENT CUP
Longtime bullfighter among promoters for this weekend’s BFO event
KENT, WA – When Danny Newman witnessed his first Bullfighters Only (BFO) event last year, he knew there was something special going on.
“It was a super exciting show, and it made me want to fight bulls again,” said Newman, a legendary bullfighter from nearby Eatonville, Washington. “It made me want to get out in front of some of those fighting bulls. It brought a fire in me to do it again.
“But there’s an expiration date. I’m 48, so the closest I could get was to put on an event.”
Newman, his wife, Stephanie, and their business partner, Scott Jamison, have developed Ragdolled Promotions and are responsible for bringing the BFO Kent Cup to accesso ShoWare Center, set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“It’s so cool to have that local connection,” said Aaron Ferguson, the founder and CEO of BFO. “They are truly passionate about the sport. When the idea for this event came up, we knew it would be a success because of their involvement with the local community.”
“Dangerous” Danny Newman has stepped in front of thousands of bulls in his lifetime. He began his rodeo career nearly three decades ago and quickly jumped into the exciting world of freestyle bullfighting through the original Wrangler Bullfight Tour in the early 1990’s. Still, he holds a deep respect for what today’s athletes are bringing to the BFO. FULL STORY...