Bullfighters Only will invade Hartman Arena on October 20. The world’s top freestyle bullfighters will compete for over $25,000 in prize money at Hartman Arena.
Tickets start at just $25 and go on sale today, Friday, August 17, at 10 a.m. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.comor directly from the Hartman Arena box office.
BFO Freestyle Bullfighting is a true gladiator competition – man vs. beast in a showcase of amazing athleticism, animal aggression and acrobatic feats by the greatest bullfighters in the business.
“This will be our first time in Wichita, and it’s going to be a great event,” said Luke Kaufman, BFO’s production manager. “The top 15 bullfighters in the Pendleton Whisky World Standings are already set to compete.”
Scores are based on a 100-point scale. Half of which is rewarded based on the bullfighter’s ability stay as close to the animal as possible, while maneuvering around and oftentimes jumping over the bulls. The other half comes from the aggressiveness of the animal and its willingness to stay hooked up throughout the fight.
“I’m going to get rested and ready to compete in Wichita,” said Weston Rutkowski, the two-time reigning BFO world champion, who is in a tight race for the lead in the standings with veteran Toby Inman. “I want to be at my best when I get there.”
BFO-Wichita will be the last big stop for all the top players to make a move in the standings before heading to the Las Vegas Championship, which will take place Dec. 7-15 at Tropicana Las Vegas. The event will determine BFO’s World Champion and it features the largest prize money in the game.
Kris Furr sits No. 3 in the standings, and, like Inman and Rutkowski, is planning on having his wounds healed by Oct. 20. They’ve suffered the wrecks and consequences that come with playing one of the most dangerous games in all of action sports.
While they’re healing, a cast of rising stars are making the moves necessary to be part of that exclusive field in Wichita.
“This is the most talented group of young bullfighters we’ve ever seen,” Kaufman said. “They have taken advantage of the BFO Development Camps, and they come into these events ready to win.”
Bullfighters Only and Total Feeds will now give stock contractors and fighting bulls an opportunity to compete as well.
“We’ll unveil our new ‘BFO Cattle Battles’ at the Wichita event. It’s a first-of-its-kind fighting bull competition series where stock contractors are invited to enter a team of their meanest bulls. The winner will walk away with $10,000”
It also ensures that the bullfighters will be matched with only the best Spanish Fighting Bulls, all of which have been bred for this type of fight. Contractors like Rockin’ B & Magnifica, Frog Creek, B-K Ranch, and Crooked Horn Ranch have already confirmed their spots to compete.