Mauney’s win comes after taking two weeks off to let his body recover after being stepped on.
The two-time and defending PBR champion earned 550 points to close in on Pacheco and Davis – neither of whom could hold him off in the aggregate despite their own opportunities to do so.
Pacheco, who is currently the top-ranked rider, declined a re-ride opportunity and then missed out on the final round all together.
Davis could have taken the win from Mauney with a final-round ride of his own, but failed to make the 8-second whistle. It’s the third time in the past couple months Davis, who is second in the world, could have won an event, say nothing from his lost opportunity of keeping Mauney from closing in on him in the world standings.
After bucking off his second-round bull, Mauney selected the rankest bull available. It’s a position where Mauney has proved dangerous in the past and, according to CBS Sports commentator Craig Hummer, “proves yet again he’s one of the best.”
Mauney’s selection and subsequent qualified ride closed out Stone Sober’s streak of 31 consecutive buckoffs.
With only one score on the leaderboard, Mauney, who is third in the world, knew he’d likely need the high-marked ride of the weekend to have any chance at winning, so he went with the hero or zero mentality of his younger years by taking Stone Sober.
In addition to his buckoff streak, Stone Sober is known to be a difficult bull in the chute.
The challenge didn’t phase Mauney.
“He got a little wild and western,” said Mauney, of the extra time he spent in the chute, “and that’s how I like it—wild and western.
“I knew he was going to be bad in the chutes. If he gave me half a second to nod my head, I was calling for him. It just took a while.”
His 92.5 -point effort also marks the 70th score of 90 or more points in his career. Mauney trails only two-time World Champion Chris Shivers, who topped the mark more than 100 times.
Mauney, who spent six weeks atop the standings earlier this season, is less focused on his total number of 90s and more focused on becoming only third rider in PBR history to win three world titles and the second to do so in back-to-back years.
“That sounds pretty good to me,” said Mauney, of collecting another $1 million bonus that is paid out to the World Champion.
In the meantime, he’s was not happy with himself following his second-round buckoff. In an interview on the PBR’s own live event center, Mauney admitted he didn’t feel like he tried hard enough.
As for picking a bull that hadn’t been ridden since January 2013, Mauney said, “I’ve never been a businessman in my entire life.”
Mauney and the rest of the Monster Energy team – Guilherme Marchi, Robson Palermo, Gage Gay, Derek Kolbaba and Chase Outlaw – will join the Top 35 bull riders in the world next weekend in San Jose, California, for the second-to-last regular-season event.