The Best Bull Riders in the World Invade Nashville, Aug. 17-18, Tickets on Sale Now

By: Heather Croze
May 15, 2018

The best bull riders in the world will converge Music City for the fourth Major of the season. Photo: Andy Watson/

PUEBLO, Colo. – The best bull riders in the world will invade Nashville as the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires comes to Bridgestone Arena, on Aug. 17-18. This event is the last of four PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Majors taking place on PBR’s elite tour this year, and will be a one-of-a-kind event that features two days of head-to-head, bracket-style action.

PBR Majors offer increased prize money and points, which can easily catapult a bull rider up the PBR world standings.

The 2017 Music City Knockout winner, Fabiano Vieira, will be back to defend his title in Nashville and he will ride alongside five world champions, including reigning world champion Jess Lockwood, Cooper Davis (2017), two-time champion J.B. Mauney (2013, 2016), three-time champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014) and Guilherme Marchi (2008). Tennessee native Cody Nance will represent the home state during the weekend.

Winners in Nashville include Fabiano Vieira (2017), Cooper Davis (2016), Kaique Pacheco (2015), Chase Outlaw (2014), Guilherme Marchi (2013), Robson Palermo (2012, 2007), Ben Jones (2010), Cody Ford (2009), Justin McBride (2008, 2002), Owen Washburn (2004), Billy Robinson (2003),  Dusty LaBeth (2001), Adriano Moraes (2000), Terry Don West (1999, 1998), Jerome Davis (1997), Michael Gaffney (1996).

The Music City Knockout presented by Cooper Tires will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, August 17, and at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 18.

Tickets start at $10 (additional fees and taxes may apply) and are on sale now at the Bridgestone Arena box office, online at or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast both days of the Music City Knockout – 9:00 p.m. ET on both Friday and Saturday. CBS Sports will feature the final rides of the event on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Fans will be able to watch all the action from Nashville in its entirety on

The PBR Elite Seats are available for avid bull riding fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s premier bull riding circuit. These tickets offer premium seats and the VIP experience of a lifetime, including early entry; a catered reception; 60-minute tour by a PBR Host, featuring a PBR 101 presentation and a visit with the sport’s fiercest bulls; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from top PBR stars.

The PBR Elite Seats are available for $400 and can be purchased by contacting the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727 or through

The Music City Knockout will be the 20th event on the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast. The season will consist of 27 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, Calif., and Dallas. It will climax with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 7-11 when the 2018 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

The PBR’s premier series is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. Premier telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

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