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BFO Stepping it Up in Vegas

Bullfighters Only adds four-day Las Vegas Championship to its schedule

Weston Rutkowski competes during the 2015 Bullfighters Only Roughy Cup at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Rutkowski will be one of the top bullfighters in the BFO that will be part of the seven-day competition that takes place in Las Vegas on Dec. 1-3 and 7-10. The first three days will again be at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the final four days of the world-class freestyle bullfight will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Weston Rutkowski competes during the 2015 Bullfighters Only Roughy Cup at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Rutkowski will be one of the top bullfighters in the BFO that will be part of the seven-day competition that takes place in Las Vegas on Dec. 1-3 and 7-10. The first three days will again be at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the final four days of the world-class freestyle bullfight will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

LAS VEGAS – Professional freestyle bullfighting is going under the big top this December.

Bullfighters Only will present the world’s top freestyle bullfighters at two sites in Las Vegas, highlighted by the Las Vegas Championship inside a climate-controlled tent at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets go on sale at noon Central (10 a.m. Pacific) on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at HardRockHotel.com and AXS.com.

This year’s Bullfighters Only Las Vegas Championship will be the highest payout in freestyle bullfighting history with more than $50,000 up for grabs. There will be seven days of the top bullfighters in the world going head-to-head against the most aggressive fighting bulls in the country.

The festivities kick off at 2 p.m. Dec. 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center with the BFO Roughy Cup, a 12-man invitational bullfight. Then on Dec. 2-3, up-and-coming bullfighters will battle to qualify for the BFO Las Vegas Championship, which takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The top 12 men selected for the BFO Roughy Cup have earned a bye into the final weekend, where only four men will advance out of the qualifying rounds.

“The Cowboy Christmas event really blew up last year,” said Aaron Ferguson, founder and CEO of the BFO. “Las Vegas Events does an amazing job bringing the NFR Experience to life, and we’re thrilled to be involved once again in 2016.”

“We’re doing it up bigger and better than ever. Plus the new set-up at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will allow us to produce a live show that is second to none.”

Performances for the BFO Las Vegas Championship are set for Wednesday, Dec.7-Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The opening two days will feature eight head-to-head, tournament-style matches, with the winners advancing to the final rounds, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The others will advance to the Wild Card round, which takes place at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Only one bullfighter from the Wild Card round will move into the finale.

At 1:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, BFO will pilot a first of its kind live-show experience.

“Fans have really taken to our Bullfighters Only ‘Sessions’ videos, so we decided to turn it into a live show,” Ferguson said. “The Sessions are all about progression and one-upping each other. Fans will get to see the world’s top bullfighters re-invent the sport one bull at a time. It’s going to be high-energy, interactive and educational with a very different vibe then your typical rodeo or bull riding.”

Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com