REESE CATES, 27, began training with UFC fighters and the work paid off with a pair of PBR event wins to set up the 2015 season. He opened the season with a win in Baltimore, Maryland, and again four weeks later in Sacramento, California. He later won a 15/15 Bucking Battle, in Billings, Montana, in front of a national television audience on CBS. In 2015, he accumulated six Top 10 finishes and four Top 5’s to go with two wins, which were all career highs, en route to qualifying for the World Finals for the fourth time in his career. Cates, who was the 2008 PBR Rookie of the Year, is a third generation bull rider.