PBR World Finals 2018 : The 2018 PBR World Finals field is led by No. 1 Kaique Pacheco who has been dominant this season, The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals 2018 come to the T-Mobile Arena. The world’s top riders and bucking bulls go head-to-head in this five day. Reigning World Champion Jess Lockwood will be out until the 2018 PBR World Finals after an MRI on Thursday morning revealed.
With only 1,535 points separating the top two riders heading into the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast World Finals, slated to takeover T-Mobile Arena from Nov. 7-11, the five days of action where the world’s best riders are pitted against the rankest bulls is sure to be intense and action-packed.
The field is led by No. 1 Kaique Pacheco who has been dominant this season, recording an elite tour best four event wins, in addition to 14 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes. Hot on Pacheco’s heels is 2017 PBR Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Leme. Since the final regular-season elite tour event of 2018 in Nampa, where the Brazilian young gun was third, Leme has closed the gap on Pacheco by 455 points.
The tour’s Top 5 are rounded out by No. 3 Claudio Montanha Jr., No. 4 Luciano De Castro and No.5 Cody Teel.
In the Rookie of the Year race, a mere 225.83 points separate the top four contenders heading into World Finals week. Standings leader Keyshawn Whitehorse will look to maintain his No. 1 ranking, while No.2 Colten Jesse, No. 3 Alex Marcilio and No.4 Nathan Burtenshaw prepare to battle it out on the dirt inside of the home of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.Francisco Garcia Torres (Sal, Mexico) earned his spot as the top finishing international invite from the RVT Finals where he tied for twelfth. Paulo Lima (Bezerros, Brazil) and Michael Lane (Tazewell, Virginia) each secured a place as the Velocity Tour’s top two ranked riders not already within the Top 35 of the world standings. Luis Blanco (Iacanga, Brazil) clenched a berth after finishing third at the RVT Finals, while Juan Carlos Contreras’ (Huichapan, Mexico) fifth place effort also earned him an invite.
The distinction of defending the best bull riders in the world at the 2018 Finals has been imparted upon three veterans Frank Newsom, Jesse Byrne and Cody Webster, and one rookie bullfighter, Lucas Teodoro. Teodoro will join the brave trio of men as the fourth bullfighter on the dirt as he fills in for legendary cowboy protector Shorty Gorham still sidelined with a dislocated foot sustained earlier in the second half.
More than $2.5 million is at stake during the 2018 PBR World Finals including a $1 million bonus awarded to the World Champion, who also receives the coveted World Champion belt buckle.
Each rider will ride one bull per night during Rounds 1-5 from Wednesday through Sunday. Scores from the five rides will then be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance to the championship round following the completion of Round 5 on Sunday, Nov. 11. The rider with the highest total score from the six rounds will earn the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast World Finals event title and $250,000.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast every round of the 25th PBR Unleash The Beast World Finals game at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday-Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and then at 4 p.m. on Sunday. B&W Hitches Inside the PBR World Finals presented by Yeti will air game from the Toshiba Plaza at T-Mobile Arena 30 minutes before the competition each night. Two Saskatchewan riders are among a field of 40 from across the globe destined for Sin City to compete in the 2018 Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
Kindersley’s Dakota Buttar will compete in Las Vegas from Nov. 7 to 11 alongside Prince Albert’s Tanner Byrne.
Buttar enters the event ranked 14th in the world, 3,734.16 points behind Brazil’s Kaique Pacheco on top. It is Buttar’s third qualification in as many years.
The 25-year-old travels to Vegas on the heels of his most successful season on the elite 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast in his career.
With five top-five efforts, led by a runner-up finish in both Columbus and Milwaukee, and nine top-10 results on the Unleash The Beast, Buttar achieved two career milestones in 2018, recording his first 90-point ride on the premier series and setting a new season best for earnings, taking home over $106,000 in 2018.
He competed at select events on Canadian soil in 2018, including the annual three days of action from Calgary’s Ranchman’s. Buttar won the second day of action, adding 60 world points to his season total.
Each rider will hop the back of one bull per night during rounds one to five from Wednesday through Sunday. Scores from the five rides will be combined and the top-15 riders will advance to the championship round. The rider with the highest total score from the six rounds will earn the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast World Finals event title and $250,000.NAMPA, Idaho – After two nights of non-stop action at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, 2012 PRCA World Champion Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) collected his second PBR (Professional Bull Riders) elite series win of the 2018 season at The 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast, DEWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational.
As the last regular season event of the 2018 season rolled to a close, Teel selected Spotted Demon (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott) in the championship round and recorded an impressive 92.25-point ride, the first 90+ ride of his PBR career. Earlier in the evening he rode Gangster Can Do (Dakota Rodeo-Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Ken Barnhard) for 85.5 points in Round 2.
For his impressive 3-for-3 effort on the weekend, the Texas cowboy earned 550 world points, moving him from the No. 8 spot in the PBR world standings to No. 5. Teel also took home a paycheck of $37,100.
As the second half of the 2018 season ends and all eyes focus on the upcoming PBR World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 7-11, only 2,380 points separate the Top 5 riders in the world standings.
Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) has been determined to punch his ticket to Las Vegas and a chance to compete in World Finals, and thanks to his impressive 3-for-3 performance in Idaho he collected some much needed world points and is now firmly in control of his World Finals destiny.
In Round 2 on Sunday night, the fearless Arkansas cowboy conquered Check It Out (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) for 88 points. He went on to record an 89.75-point ride aboard Jasper (Wentz Bucking Bulls/New West Rodeos) in the championship round to catapult himself from No. 61 in the world standings to No. 35. Outlaw earned 420 world points and $20,965 for his weekend efforts.