KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's the most heart-throbbing eight seconds in sports and it's taking center stage this weekend at the Sprint Center as 35 of the world's best professional bull riders will take on some of the meanest bucking bulls in the world.
The PBR Championship is expected to take place in front of a sold out crowd on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. on Sunday, February 23.
There's a reason they call the sport the toughest sport on dirt; it's a dangerous game. Bull rider Pistol Robinson is performing again after he broke his right femur and left tibia in 2012 during a competition. He's one of the fan favorites at this weekend's event.
The bull riders wear protective vests and spurs to help them stay safe and keep their balance, helmets are optional.
41 Action News got up close and personal with one of the retired championship bulls. Chicken on a Chain is a 1,700 pound bull who recently retired from the game. The bull is partially owned by Larry the Cable Guy.
The size of the massive bull compared to the fit bull riders is astonishing. Robinson weighs just 135 pounds. That means Chicken on a Chain is 13 times his size.
Kansas City has been host to the PBR Championship for several years, giving more than a million in cash prizes to the best bull riders in the world.