They include Brazilian native and defending world champion Silvano Alves, ranked No. 1; and his fellow Brazilians Valdiron de Oliveira, No. 2; Fabiano Vieria, No. 7; Marco Eguchi, No. 8; and 2010 world champion Renato Nunes, No. 9.
Mike Lee, 2004 World Champion, of Decatur is also competing. He’s ranked No. 14 and is among the 39 qualifying riders.
The 2012 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals begins Wednesday, Oct. 24, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Vegas. If Alves secures the title this year, he will be the first back-to-back champion in PBR history.
Alves enters the World Finals with 10,553.75 points, leading de Oliveira by just 505 points. Vieira comes in with 7,505.50 points, Eguchi has 7,128.25 points and Nunes goes to Vegas with 6,561.25 points.
The World Champion is the rider with the most Built Ford Tough Series points accumulated during the regular season and the World Finals. With a potential 5,500 points available at the World Finals, mathematically anyone in the top 14 has the opportunity to win.
The World Finals will consist of six rounds of competition featuring the top bull riders in the world and the best bulls. The first five rounds feature all of the riders against the toughest bulls. The scores from the five rides will be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast Rounds 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. Central on Oct. 24 and 25. NBC Sports Network will broadcast Rounds 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. Central on Oct. 27. NBC will broadcast Round 5 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round at 3 p.m. Central on Oct. 28.