Cassio Dias Clinches First-Ever Unleash The Beast Event Victory in Bull Riding Circuit

Published 12/04/2023, 10:00 AM EST

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Unleash The Beast is easily the premier series in PBR’s schedule every year. Until 2018, it was known as the Built Ford Tough Series. That year, a change in sponsorship led to the series being rebranded in its current form. It features the best in bull riding squaring off with the highest-rated bovine athletes.

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It is now the premier organization for bull-riding athletes and events. Presently, the Professional Bull Riders are offered prize money exceeding $3 million to its victors. The winner of the last UTB event is Cassio Dias.

Cassio Dias emerges victorious in St. Louis

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Brazilian Cassio Dias added his first trophy to a dedicated cabinet. He won the UTB event in St. Louis, Missouri. Dias finished ahead of Alan de Souza and Eduardo Aparecido. Moreover, that victory catapulted him to the top of the standings in UTB events. He now has 185.50 points, at least 60.5 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Caden Bunch. PBR shared an image of Dias with his trophy.

 

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The only other bull rider to cross 100 points after two events is Sage Steele Kimzey. Two-time World champion Jose Vitor Leme is fourth with 91 points to his name. Aparecido, coincidentally, has 82 points from just the one event. Though he has a lower points tally, de Souza has a much greater ride percentage, which saw him pip Aparecido to second place at St. Louis.

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Specialty of UTB events in bull riding circles

Unleash The Beast events pit the best riders against the most challenging bulls. They feature up to four rounds of bull riding, including the championship round. Each round with a score greater than 70 points is added to the rider’s world points. Additionally, their aggregate score and overall event finish contribute to that tally.

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The next UTB event will take place in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. That will be the third event of its kind in the 2024 season. Set to be held between December 8 and 10, the 1st Summit Arena is the chosen venue. With the season having just begun, it is too soon to tell if Cassio Dias will end it as Champion. His lead is sizeable, but the season is long. Only time will tell how the season unfolds for Dias.

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Anirudh Haridas

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I am Anirudh Haridas and I am a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. As a stalwart ice hockey fan, I delved into the US Sports arena, driven by the phenomenal pace of the sport. From creating insights on various Olympic avenues like surfing and swimming to covering stories around equestrian and rodeo sports, I bring versatility to my writing.
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