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Weston Rutkowski leads the pack heading into this year's Bullfighters Only Las Vegas Championship, which takes place Dec. 6-15 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. (PHOTO BY TODD BREWER)

Bullfighters Only to add seating and activities during Las Vegas Championship


LAS VEGAS – In less than a month, Bullfighters Only will once again award a $50,000 bonus to the 2018 BFO world champion upon the completion of the company’s Las Vegas Championship – scheduled for Dec. 6-15 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

“It’s all about showcasing the sport’s very best athletes,” said Aaron Ferguson, founder and CEO of Bullfighters Only. “By sticking to that model, our Vegas event has become something that fans crave all year long.”

The 10-day Las Vegas Championship alone pays out more $65,000. Of that, $25,000 goes to the event champion – a big win that could propel at least five of the BFO’s top bullfighters to a world championship.

The results of the event will also be utilized to seed competitors for the 2019 competition season.

“BFO Vegas is also important for a lot of the guys to get qualified for the 2019 BFO Tour,” Ferguson said.

The event venue will return to one of the Strip’s busiest intersections – Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. With the addition of 600 seats and a reconfiguration of the venue layout, fans can expect an explosive and innovative production.

“We have been building up to this event since last year,” Ferguson said. “The talent pool is deeper than ever. The race is tight, and I know the bullfighters are excited. The competition will definitely be heated.”

The 2018 BFO Las Vegas Championship schedule is as follows, with all performances starting at 2 p.m.:

Thursday, Dec. 6: Roughy Cup – Stand-alone competition featuring the top nine athletes in the BFO Wrangler Bullfight Tour. The event has become a staple for BFO fans.

Friday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 9: Qualifier Rounds – The sport’s rising talent take get their opportunity to prove themselves at the elite level. Nine of the 27 bullfighters competing will advance to the Preliminary Rounds.

Monday, Dec. 10-Thursday, Dec. 13: Preliminary Rounds – The top 9 athletes in the Pendleton Whisky World Standing are joined by the Qualifier Round winners and split into Pool A & Pool B. After 2 bulls, the athlete with the highest aggregate score from each flight will advance to Championship Saturday.

Friday, Dec. 14: W-W Wild Card Round – Bullfighters will get one final chance to advance to Championship Saturday.

Saturday, Dec. 15: The 2018 BFO world champion will be crowned at the completion of a 9-man semifinals, followed by the 3-man Hooey Championship Round.

The winner of the BFO Las Vegas Championship will receive a check for $25,000 and a custom Bullfighters Only title belt. The 2018 BFO world champion will earn a $50,000 bonus.

Come early to enjoy the RAM Ride ‘n’ Drive and OtterBox Tailgate Party – featuring music, food, drinks and games. Plus, hang out with the BFO bullfighters after the show during the Hooey Jam followed by the Pendleton Whisky NFR Watch Party at Robert Irvine’s inside the Tropicana.

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