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Bull fights are back at the Sikeston Rodeo

The bull fighters say the 16,000 pound Mexican Fighting Bulls are aggressive by nature. The bull fighters say the 16,000 pound Mexican Fighting Bulls are aggressive by nature.
(Source: Kadee Brosseau/KFVS) (Source: Kadee Brosseau/KFVS)
(Source: Kadee Brosseau/KFVS) (Source: Kadee Brosseau/KFVS)
(Source: Kadee Brosseau/KFVS) (Source: Kadee Brosseau/KFVS)
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

Bull fights will be featured at the Sikeston Rodeo on Wednesday night for the first time in 14 years.

The bull fighters say the 1,600 pound Mexican Fighting Bulls are aggressive by nature.

They say it’s a dangerous sport, but they love it.

“I just got excited,” Weston Rutkowski said. “I mean, these are my competitors right here.”

“Once you get past the initial fear, that a bull is trying to kill you, it’s art work to me,” Evan Allard said.

But the fighters and the bulls aren’t the only artists.

“I’ve been knocked out twice this year,” Greek Ellick, a rodeo clown, said.

The rodeo clowns serve as distractions when the fights get too ugly.

“When they flip [the barrel] over, from end to end, they stand a chance of dumping me out,” Ellick said.

Whether they’re are horned, flipped, or run over, the cowboys say the show goes on.

“A bull ride lasts 8 seconds, if the rider lasts that long. But, you’re going to watch a bull fight for 70 seconds no matter what,” Allard said.

They don’t wear helmets, but they do have some padding and protection.

The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and the bull fights are the last event in the rodeo.

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