Video: Young Rodeo Sensation Shines as Kansas City Outlaws Dominate Bull Riding Series

Published 10/18/2023, 12:05 PM EDT

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The PBR has introduced a great many names in the bull-riding industry. From JB Mauney to Sage Kimzey, the rodeo fans have watched a new name overtake the sport with every series. This year, as the PBR Team Series has successfully reached the finals weekend, the season has yet another spectacular name to deliver; the 21-year-old, Cassio Dias, competing for the Kansas City Outlaws.

The Brazilian native bull-rider has accumulated quite the name for himself throughout his career. As a 20-year-old, Dias was named the 2022 PBR Brazil Champion further making his way to the majors in the United States. During his debut in Unleash the Beast -the rodeo world’s most regarded contest- Dias climbed the spot to an impressive 11th. Now maintaining his momentum at the 2023 Team Series, Dias has led the way for Kanas City Outlaws.

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The Kansas City Outlaws have treaded well through the season to claim the second spot on the table heading to the finals in Las Vegas. However, as the team sports the victory, right behind, stands Cassio Dias. The 21-year-old left no chance to earn his first MVP title during the Stampede Days as he garnered three 90-point rides over the weekend; a step towards a greater title.

On the first day at Stampede home ground, the Outlaws went against the Texas Rattlers. Though the team lost 267.50 – 348.50 to the Rattlers, Dias knew his way around the ground. For the final run of the night, Cassio went against the animal athlete, Tulsa Time to win his first 90-point ride of the week. Lasting a complete 8-second ride, Cassio earned 90.75. The youngster continued the momentum as they headed against Nashville Stampede for day 2.

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Cassio single-handedly brought a win for the team against Stampede as he rode Hunted Down for a 90.0-point ride. To end the week, Cassio took the win away from the Carolina Cowboys going 2-for-2. Though it was an 89 for round 1, the following ride got Dias his highest for the week. It was a 91. 25 against Mike’s Motive that put Dias on the pedestal to win his first of the two-season MVP titles.

The youngster following his success at the Brazil Championship and Unleash the Beast, was an eyeing choice for the coaches at Kansas City Outlaws. With his performance throughout the season, the coaches knew they had the formula right.

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The PBR website reports that the first name out of Outlaws’ assistant coach Guilherme Marchi was Cassio Dias. “We want this guy,” Marchi told head coach J. W. Hart. “I trust him, he trusts me, and he was real adamant that we take Cassio,” Hart said of Marchi. “Hart said, ‘He’s in a slump right now, nobody’s looking at him, so we should be able to get him easily in the draft.’ And he was right.”

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Through the season, Dias has a record of going 19-for-26 with a win percentage of 73. The youngster has had a total of 5 90-point rides that have earned him MVP titles twice throughout the competition. With that, he now stands second in the MVP race chasing the world champion, Jose Vitor Leme, by a single ride.

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“It’s a dream come true because this is where the best riders are,” the rider who started at the age of 13 said walking through the halls in Fort Worth. Now if the 21-year-old continues with his mastery at the finals week along with the Kansas City Outlaws -who have won the champion title thrice in the competition- he will soon join the exclusive club says PBR.

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Shivatmika Manvi

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Shivatmika Manvi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Having attained her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shivatmika aims to tread her way forward into journalism. Being an equestrian sports enthusiast, Shivatmika mainly covers animal sports including rodeo and bull riding.
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Purva Jain