“Apex Predator”: Bull Riding Enthusiasts Unite With UFC Fans As Texas Pays Tribute to Twisted Steel

Published 01/15/2024, 12:30 PM EST

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The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) event at Madison Square Garden on a Friday night is akin to a wild celebration mixed with an athletic show. There was tension in the air as the bull, owned by none other than UFC President Dana White, stormed towards its holding pen. Bull riding athlete Cowboy Cerrone openly announced a challenge to the UFC boss’s bull. And the gigantic bull, Twisted Steel, was betted a prize value that went up to $100,000.

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The fight is scheduled for the PBR World Finals in Arlington, Texas, and promises to be a unique fusion of bull riding and the UFC at the biggest event in the sport. In similar spirits, Texans have painted their street vibrant in excitement which was further hyped by the fans online.

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The best of two communities, UFC and bull riding is eyeing the upcoming fight where the Colorado-born ‘Cowboy’ will mount Twisted Steel. In an Instagram post shared by @danawhitestwistedsteel, the first mural revealed further details of the show. On the sides, “IT’S BULL TIME!” with “Jan 26-27” was also painted. The video was captioned, #TwistedSteel’s very first mural in Houston, TX! I’ll see you soon for @pbr at @toyotacenter.”

The five-year-old has so far eliminated 93% of riders who attempted to beat him. Caden Bunch rode Twisted Steel and ended up riding for a mere 2.46 seconds. Suddenly, Cerrone offered a challenge to ride Twisted Steel, and the audience roared in favor. After holding onto the offer for 5 days, White finally agreed in an Instagram update leading to the insane show. The UFC president also bet $50,000 for the trial and $100k if Cowboy lasted 8 seconds on Twisted Steel.

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Fans react to UFC vs. Bullriding fight

This is a unique spectacle where Twisted Steel shows off its potential. The stadium may vary, from Madison Square Garden to the heart of Texas, but the excitement, daring, and passion are now doubled. One fan excitedly shared a scenario, “@danawhite is type of guy who visit a Safari and then get inspired to book an African lion vs Honey badger. Would highlight the match as an apex predator takes on P4P King of the wild.”

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Someone said, “Dana no oil we going raw tonight” Another one wrote, “Twisted steel gonna save ufc 300” The line-up hyping the UFC boss was long, as many added, “Tone deaf Dana better oil up.” An over-enthusiastic one said,  “I’m gonna lather u with oil my glamours Dana pink”. With three serious protagonists, the biggest faceoff update excites everyone and we hope to see they compete.

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Divya Purohit

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Hi there! I am Divya Purohit, and I am a Olympics sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an avid sports junkie I delved in the world of sports journalism and started crafting content around my favorite athletes. By means of my distinct storytelling approach, I provide perceptive viewpoints on diverse sports stories.
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