GUYMON, Okla. – Emilio Resende returned to action for the first time on American soil on Saturday night since undergoing multi-ligament right knee surgery following the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Resende was bucked off by Smiling Bob during the long round of the Kasey Hayes / Stormy Wing BlueDEF Velocity Tour event after nearly putting together a strong ride on H.D. Page’s bull.
The three-time World Finals qualifier had been out for almost nine months since electing to undergo surgery on October 29, 2014.
“I felt OK tonight,” Resende said. “It wasn’t good, but not bad.”
Most of all, Resende added that he does not feel any pain in his knee since returning to bull riding at Silvano Alves’ PBR Brazil event in early July.
It was the first of three Brazilian events for Resende, who says he rode 17-of-20 bulls in Brazil.
“It was good. I feel no pain and I feel better now,” he said. “Yeah, it is a little different (in Brazil) because we have quick, fast bulls here in the (U.S.). (In the) bucking chute, I am a little nervous. Every bull bucks good and spins.”
The 28-year-old was in the United States for 10 days in April for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Tandy Freeman before returning to Santa Helena Do Goias, Brazil, where he continued his recovery. He spent a combined total of six months of his recovery in Brazil.
The big question that remains for Resende is if he will use his eight exemptions for finishing 21st in the world standings last year and finish out the 2015 Built Ford Tough Series. There are exactly eight remaining regular-season events, including the Jack Daniel’s Music City Knockout – the final PBR Major of the season with a potential 890 points awaiting the event winner.
Resende is currently 395 points behind Neil Holmes, who is 36th in the world standings, for the final guaranteed spot for the World Finals.
He says that he will likely go to next weekend’s Koben Puckett Invitational Touring Pro Division event in Amarillo, Texas, and the Western Plains Chute-Out TPD event in Goodland, Kansas, on Aug. 5 before making a decision on if he will ride in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Aug. 7 when the BFTS resumes.
Resende also plans on reaching out to Alves, who is expected to return from Brazil this week to get a follow-up on his recovery from hip surgery.
“I don’t know,” Resende said. “I try. I ride more bulls to see if I will come back for Biloxi. I will wait until Silvano comes back from Brazil, and he is an excellent buddy I have. He thought maybe I go if I feel better. I don’t know. I may try.”
Resende has been a consistent Top 35 bull rider on the BFTS since making his debut in 2012 at the Glendale, Arizona, BFTS event. His best finish came in 2012 when he placed 12th in the world, and he has recorded 27, 26 and 24 qualified rides in the past three seasons. Resende has a career 39.29 (77-for-196) percent BFTS riding average.
Whether or not he returns to the BFTS this season, one guarantee is Resende is excited to be back around his buddies.
“I am very happy to be back,” he concluded. “I am happy to see my friends again.”
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