A bullfighter is recovering from injuries he suffered in Friday night's 71st Annual ABC Rodeo in Lubbock.
Daryl Thiessen, 23, from Canada was rushed to the emergency room after being brutally attacked by a bull.
"Last night was not how it was supposed to go, but it was good for the crowd I guess," Thiessen said, with a partially black eye, broken nose and cut lip.
His performance sent shockwaves through the crowd as the Mexican fighting bull swiped his feet out from under him and dug his face into the ground.
"We were down in the arena and the bullfighter went down," said Grant Stovall, Director of Clinical Services at Lubbock Sports Medicine.
"So we went out to retrieve him after the bull was out of the arena. He had gotten beaten up pretty good and swallowed a mouth full of dirt and broke his nose so he was bleeding quite a bit," Stovall said.
Freestyle bull fighting is when a bull fighter, also known as a clown, and a Mexican fighting bull go one-on-one for about 30 seconds. The objective is to get as close as you can to the bull. The bull fighter gets extra points for various techniques such as jumping and step-throughs and of course, putting on a good show for the crowd.
However, the crowd was shocked when Thiessen's performance didn't go as expected.
"You can never really prepare for this sport. You just kind of have to roll with the punches and hopefully it works out," Thiessen said.
"Last thing I remember is just before the chute and then the bull hit me and then it's pretty blank for a half hour, hour after that," he said.
Thiessen was rushed to the emergency room and spent the night in the hospital.
"You can't let it discourage you. If you show weakness then there's no point in even being in this sport. It's not made for everyone. So if you're going to do it, you better make sure you're ready," Thiessen said.
Thiessen has been cleared from the hospital, but medics have not cleared to fight bulls again.
"He's had a concussion, so we'll monitor him over the next few days before we actually determine whether he's clear or not," Stovall said.
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