“I’m just going to keep on keeping on,” said Outlaw, who is looking to keep the momentum in his favor this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, and then a home-state event in Little Rock the following week.
On the heels of a couple seasons that were troubled by injuries, the 24-year-old Monster Energy bull rider has been healthy and relatively injury-free in 2017.
More importantly, he’s been consistent.
And all he’s talked about since opening the season in New York City is the fact that he’s enjoying himself again.
As Outlaw and others have said, bull riding is not complicated.
Then again, Outlaw has never been one to let anything get complicated, much less bull riding.
Like his mentor and fellow Monster Energy teammate J.B. Mauney, Outlaw said his job each time he climbs in the bucking chute is simple. “Stay on,” he said. “Just make the whistle.”
Seems easy enough.
“Outlaw doesn’t worry about what he doesn’t know,” said two-time World Champion Justin McBride, during a PBR telecast on CBS Sports Network. “He just goes at it each and every time.”
And, yes, it’s working for him.
He’s finished in the Top 10 of the average in four of the past five elite PBR events and three of those events he’s been in the Top 5.
Outlaw was fifth in Arlington, Texas, at the Iron Cowboy.
Before that he was sixth in Anaheim, California, and a week earlier he had traveled north up Interstate 5 to Sacramento, where he finished second.
“It all starts with a good bull,” Outlaw said, in a televised interview this past weekend. “I mean that’s half the match up right there, but mainly it’s just confidence.
“No matter if you get bucked off the night before, you still have to have 100 percent confidence. Even if you won the day before … it’s a new day. Heck, it’s another go-round.”
Going back to Sacramento, he’s ridden nine of his last 14 bulls at elite televised PBR events.
In fact, only once has he scored less than 87 points and that was in Round 3 this past weekend when he was 85.25 points on Mr. Big Stuff. Even then he was fourth in a tough round of bulls.
He’s won the round in three of the nine times he’s made the whistle and never finished lower the fourth in any of the nine rounds.
“Outlaw looks great on the back of this bull,” said McBride, as he watched him in Round 3 this past weekend.
McBride also noted that Outlaw was working hard to make Mr. Big Stuff look easy.
Outlaw recorded two of the top four scores in St. Louis. He was 88 on American Sniper and 87.25 points on Gypsy Joe.
In addition to Outlaw finishing second, fellow Monster Energy rider and former World Champion Guilherme Marchi was seventh in the average, while Derek Kolbaba is ranked 10th in the world standings.
Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney is 18th, while Gage Gay and Reese Cates are ranked 21st and 22nd respectively. Marchi is ranked 25th.
The Monster Energy riders and the rest of the Top 35 bull riders in the world will be in Jacksonville this weekend for a two-day event, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, at the Veterans Memorial Arena.