J.B. Mauney wins Iron Cowboy III
ARLINGTON, Texas -- J.B. Mauney's wild ride on Bushwacker lasted 7.22 seconds, enough to make him the Professional Bull Riders Dickies Iron Cowboy III champion in front of 31,148 fans at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday night.
The world's best bull remains unridden in 40 straight outs, but Mauney got the last laugh with the $50,000 prize and Iron Cowboy III title.
"That's the seventh time that bull has thrown me off, and eventually, one of these days, I'm going to ride him," Mauney said. "At least we're getting closer to [eight seconds] every time I ride him."
Mauney came into the night as the overall PBR points leader. He said he loves events like this because he knows it means PBR is growing.
"You step out there in introductions and all those people are hootin' and hollerin'," Mauney said. "This is the biggest place I've ever ridden before, and with all those people, the hair stands up on your neck when you're in here."
Austin Meier started off the final matchup on the world's No. 2 bull, Asteroid. He lasted just 4.0 seconds before getting bucked.
Needing to beat that to win, fan favorite Mauney was less than a second short of riding Bushwacker, but it was enough to take the title.
The win gave Mauney the opportunity to ride the bonus bull, Buckey, for an extra $50,000, but he was bucked.
"I was worn out, but that is a rank bull," Mauney said. "Tonight he set me up big, and I knew it, too."
Mauney had a bye in the first round and rode White Velvet for a score of 86.5 to move on. In the quarterfinals, he was bucked off Perfect Poison in 6.39 seconds, but advanced easily after Guilherme Marchi lasted just 1.5 seconds.
In the semifinal round, Mauney lasted 4.73 seconds on Shepherd Hills Tested, but again advanced after Valdiron De Oliveira went for just 2.56 seconds to set up the final matchup against Meier.
Meier had the best overall ride of the night in the quarterfinal when he scored a 91.0 on Rango.
No. 1 seed Silvano Alves had a disappointing night when he was bucked off Top Proctor in 2.51 seconds during his first ride of the night.
David Stein is a reporter for ESPNDallas.com.