PBR - Professional Bull Riders

Valdiron de Oliveira will enjoy the World Finals as long as he can ~ Justin Felisko

Valdiron de Oliveira has always been one of the most fun personalities on the BFTS. Though his World Championship chances have faded over the years, he is still enjoying riding in the World Finals and rode his 400th and 401st bulls here earlier this week.    Oliveira is eyeing retirement soon, but he won't let thoughts of the future get in the way of what is a pretty good present.

Mauney getting closer to third world title ~ Justin Felisko

J.B. Mauney pulled a bull ahead of the Top 3 when he rode Margy Time for 87 points to place fifth in Round 2. Despite the advantage, Mauney acknowledged that the race is far from over and Friday's Round 3 will be huge. Meanwhile, Ty Pozzobon turned in a career-high ride as he continues his stellar World Finals despite his broken hand.

SweetPro's Long John fires first salvo in World Champion Bull race ~ Slade Long

SweetPro's Long John's 45.75-point effort against Kasey Hayes was enough to take the early lead in the World Champion Bull race. Cochise and Crossfire essentially took themselves out of the race, Crossfire with a 41.74-point performance and Cochise receiving a DQ for chute procedure. Air Time did not get off to the start he wanted to Thursday, but he still has an outside shot at making up ground.

Marchi and Pozzobon win Round 2 of the World Finals ~ Heather Croze

Guilherme Marchi and Ty Pozzobon both had big showings to split the win in Round 2 of the World Finals. The pair each turned in matching 89.5-point rides, with Marchi becoming the first to ride Smooth Operator this season while Pozzobon covered Big Cat. Meanwhile, J.B. Mauney finished in fifth in Round 2 and shaved down Kaique Pacheco's lead over him to 525.33 points.

The Morning Line: World Finals - Day 2 ~ Slade Long

Cooper Davis won last year's World Finals after going 4-for-6 and David's Dream was one of the two that bested him. Davis is a better rider now, but he will need to get his revenge to continue his run at the World Championship. Kaique Pacheco will face down World Champion Bull contender Pearl Harbor. Pacheco is the top-ranked rider in the world for a reason, but Pearl Harbor is a tough test for anyone and doubly so for righties like Pacheco. Jared Allen's Air Time has the advantage over Zane Cook, but Cook will need to hold on as long as he can for Air Time to really turn in his best out.

Pacheco will face Pearl Harbor in first marquee matchup of the World Finals ~ Justin Felisko

Thursday's matchup between World Championship contenders Kaique Pacheco and Pearl Harbor will be the first of many marquee matchups this weekend. Pearl Harbor has only been ridden once in nine outs this season. The only ride being J.B. Mauney's season high 94.25-point trip in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Despite Pearl Harbor's fearsome pedigree a handful of riders have the talent to ride him, and Pacheco is one of them.

World Title Race tightens; Oliveira makes history ~ Justin Felisko

All three riders in the Top 3 of the world standings covered their bulls Wednesday night, with Cooper Davis gaining the most ground. Davis' Round 2 win brought him within 60.33 points of current world leader, Kaique Pacheco. Meanwhile, BFTS veteran Valdiron de Oliveira made his own history by recording his 400th career qualified ride in Round 1 of the Finals.

Chase Outlaw wins Round 1 of World Finals ~ Heather Croze

Chase Outlaw rode Air Marshall for 89.5 points to win the first round of the World Finals and the first at T-Mobile Arena. Outlaw, who won last weekend's BlueDEF Finals and the BlueDEF Championship, has continued to look unstoppable since arriving in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Cooper Davis finished in second place, moving within 60.33 points of current world leader Kaique Pacheco. Pacheco and J.B. Mauney also turned in qualified rides in Round 1.

The Morning Line: World Finals - Day 1 ~ Slade Long

Kaique Pacheco will meet Organized Crime, the leading ABBI Classic bull, in Round 1 in a meeting of current leaders. Joao Ricardo Vieira will need a good score here to start a run at the World Championshio and Rocco will be tough to get by. J.B. Mauney is just on a different level when it comes to the World Finals, he's fought injuries, but he's shown those don't slow him down. Valedictorian is very tough, but that shouldn't matter to a motivated Mauney.

Mauney: "There's never been anybody with four" ~ Justin Felisko

J.B. Mauney has always performed under pressure. His World Finals resume alone is praise worthy as he arrives in Las Vegas as the leader in 90-point rides and round wins among this weekend's competitors. He considers himself far from done, though, as he hopes to write his own chapter in PBR history and win his record-tying third World Championship and another after that.
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