By: Justin Felisko
January 11, 2017
DENVER – Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney informed PBR.com on Wednesday he will now need to undergo an MRI on his injured hip and has elected to not compete at this weekend’s Chicago Invitational.
“Have to go get MRI now, out for Chicago,” Mauney wrote in a text message. “They are going to try and set it up for today.”
Mauney initially had X-rays and a CT scan done on Tuesday to determine the extent of his hip injury following the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.
The 30-year-old has been dealing with chronic hip issues for the last few seasons, but admitted this weekend that he may have sustained further injury.
Mauney has been barely able to walk ever since he was bucked off by WSM Auctioneer’s Dew Rag Dan (4.82 seconds) in Round 1 on Friday night.
After bucking off in Round 2 (Big Tex Rocks The Chute, 3.21 seconds), Mauney had a further conversation with Dr. Tandy Freeman and decided that he would undergo X-rays this week.
Mauney landed on his backside and did a back roll when he hit the dirt hard against Dew Rag Dan and believes that might be where his latest injury occurred.
“I am real sore,” Mauney said Sunday in New York. “Usually I will get over it. It will hurt when I ride, but by the next day when I get up moving around it goes away. This here – it has been hurting ever since I got on that bull the other day.”
He bounced back on Sunday afternoon with an 87.5-point ride on Big Tex Walk Off, but later bucked off Mystical in 6.67 seconds during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
“You keep your hand shut and don’t quit until that whistle blow,” Mauney said in New York.
Mauney did not reveal what the X-rays earlier this week revealed. He is currently tied for 14th in the world standings.
Dr. Tandy Freeman said via email Wednesday that Mauney is continuing to undergo evaluation for a “left hip/pelvis injury.”
Unfortunately for fans, Mauney’s withdrawal means there won’t be a sixth showdown between Mauney and 2012 World Champion Bull Asteroid in Chicago.
Asteroid (58-4, BFTS) is making his debut this weekend and will now take on Gage Gay in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
The matchup airs on CBS national television Saturday at noon ET.
This will be Asteroid’s seventh-year on the BFTS, and he has bucked off 12 consecutive riders.
“He is 10 years old and I am excited about it,” Berger said. “I think he can have one more good year if he doesn’t get hurt. He still has a little left in the tank. He looks good. He looks like he is in fighting shape.”
Asteroid went 11-0 last year. He capped off his World Finals with a 44.75-point bull score against Lachlan Richardson.
Berger confirmed 2017 will “likely” be Asteroid’s last season.
“Yeah,” Berger said. “I am just about sure. “If he has a good year we will retire him at the Finals. If he doesn’t, we will retire him at the Finals.”
Below are the 15/15 Bucking Battle matchups
Derek Kolbaba vs. Gambini (1-0, BFTS)
Chase Outlaw vs. Smooth Operator (30-2, BFTS)
Stetson Lawrence vs. Catfish John (13-5, BFTS)
Paulo Lima vs. Who Dey (26-7, BFTS)
Shane Proctor vs. Flight Plan (9-2, BFTS)
Mike Lee vs. Handsome Jeff (12-4, BFTS)
Fabiano Vieira vs. Wicked Stick (11-2, BFTS)
Jess Lockwood vs. Beaver Creek Beau (46-5, BFTS)
Eduardo Aparecido vs. Big Cat (3-4, BFTS)
Guilherme Marchi vs. Pneu-Dart’s Southern Style (3-1, BFTS)
Joao Ricardo Vieira vs. Cooper Tires Semper Fi (28-13, BFTS)
Ryan Dirteater vs. Red Moon (8-5, BFTS)
Gage Gay vs. Asteroid (58-4, BFTS)
Kaique Pacheco vs. Slinger Jr. (29-1, BFTS)
Cooper Davis vs. Bad Touch (14-0, BFTS)
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