This ain’t no bull. 

The AFB Marquis Metal Works Tour American Freestyle Bullfighting is charging into the Swiftel Center Feb. 22-23 with 7 p.m. back-to-back bullfighting shows.

Freestyle bullfighting is 40 seconds of nonstop, electrifying intensity, with the spotlight tightly focused on the bullfighter and bull performing in the center of the arena.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and are available at the Swiftel Center ticket office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

General admission adult tickets are $18.50 in advance and $20 day-of-show. General admission child tickets (ages 3-12) are $10.50 in advance and $12 day-of-show. General admission college student tickets (with valid ID) are $12.50 in advance and $14 day-of-show. Ringside seat tickets, with maximum access to up-close bullfighting action, are $48.50.

Shorty Gorham’s American Freestyle Bullfighting, AFB, was formed with the sole purpose of reviving the forgotten sport of American style bullfighting and creating a new generation of stars.

As much as American freestyle bullfighting is a premiere western sport, AFB is an extreme sport pitting one freestyle bullfighter against a Spanish fighting bull, in a matchup best described as the “most dangerous dance on dirt.” AFB is the ultimate competition between one man and one animal alone in an arena in a matchup of skill, finesse and athleticism versus power, size and ferocity.

Unlike cowboy protection, in which bullfighters work to keep bull riders and other cowboys safe and out of harm’s way, freestyle bullfighting calls for the bullfighter to engage 1,000-pound fighting bulls that are born meaner, faster and more agile than their much larger counterparts.

Like bull riding, individual scores for both cowboys and bulls, each represent half of their total score.

Judges score bulls based on how hot they are – in other words, their willingness to engage its opponent for the entire 40 seconds – while freestyle bullfighters are assessed points for their own willingness to face off, one on one, with Spanish and Mexican fighting bulls without seeking a reprieve by scaling the arena walls. They also earn points by performing crowd-rousing tricks like a head-on Super Man jump over the length of a bull that is running straight at them at full speed.

For more information, visit www.shortygorhamafb.com or www.swiftelcenter.com, call 692-7539 and follow the Swiftel Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COURTESY OF: The Swiftel Center

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