Champion bull Bushwacker to retire at season's end

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) -- Champion bull Bushwacker will retire at the end of the Professional Bull Riders season.

Bushwacker's owner, Julio Moreno, said Thursday he wants the 8-year-old bull to retire on top.

Bushwacker will face the most recent cowboy to successfully ride him - reigning world champion J.B. Mauney - Saturday in Oklahoma City. Mauney's 8-second ride in August in Tulsa ended Bushwacker's streak of 42 consecutive buckoffs dating to 2009.

Moreno, says Bushwacker is to bulls what Michael Jordan was to basketball, but he said Mauney's fearless approach always gives him a chance. As No. 1 in their respective ranks, they will meet for the 12th time.

Bushwacker will make his final appearance Oct. 22-26 in the world championships in Las Vegas.

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