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World's top bullfighters are in Nebraska to compete at the NE State Fair

Posted at 10:51 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 11:51:59-04

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KMTV) — Not many people will voluntarily get inside the ring with a bull, but men from all over the county are in town to do just that for the Ultimate Bull Fighter Competition. It is speed and brains against tons of brawn.

Considered the top freestyle bullfighters in the world, they are set to put their skills to the test Friday night.

"The bulls watch the bullfighter's feet, so they have to be one step ahead. When the bullfighter throws a fake they have to guess where the bull is going and to do that they lead the with their lead foot, said Luke Kaufman, Ultimate Bull Fighter.

Sixteen men and 32 bulls are set to take to the arena. The men have to be fast, agile, athletic and brave. They have to be in the ring with the bull for 60 seconds. The more stunts they can do, the higher their score.

"You are dealing with an animal that is unscripted and uncensored. These bulls want to get the men down on the ground and smash them," said Kaufman. "It is a dangerous sport, we have seen busted legs, ribs and lots of contusions. It is to be expected as you are dealing with the most fierce animal on the planet."

There is a cash prize for these guys but bragging rights are just as important.

The shows are Friday and Saturday night, August 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. They take place at the Thompson Food Open Air Arena at the State Fair in Grand Island. Kids 10 and younger get in free. For more information visit