An exhilarating and thrilling physical contest between man and beast, bullfighting is an extraordinary show and unforgettable experience. While many people automatically associate bullfighting with Spain, there are many variations of bullfighting around the world including dancing with the bull or attempting to grab an object from the bull.
Bullfighting has a strong tradition in many countries such as Spain, Portugal, and across Latin America with the bullfighters revered as heroes or even Gods among men.
Many bullfighters receive celebrity status and put on incredible shows for huge audiences in historic fighting venues. Don't miss your opportunity to experience a legendary show with bullfighters tickets on StubHub!
Bullfighting has a long history steeped in tradition and culture. While bullfighting appears in numerous mythological stories from Greece and Mesopotamia, the origins of man versus beast in a contest are often linked with Rome when gladiators would face animals in a contest. These original bullfighters would be revered as heroes should they tame whatever beast they took on in the colosseums and that tradition continues today with modern bullfighters enjoying celebrity status in their hometowns. Fighting animals is present throughout history, with bullfighting on horseback practiced in Medieval Spain and fighting bulls on foot introduced around 1726.
Modern bullfighting is credited to Juan Belmonte, who introduced a more daring and revolutionary way of fighting the bulls. Belmonte never strayed more than a few centimeters from the bull throughout the entire fight, adding a huge element of risk and excitement to the spectacle. Considered the greatest matador of all time, Belmonte's style is still emulated today with many bullfighters considering this fighting style the ultimate way of bullfighting. As bullfighting developed, many different styles popped up around the world including several variations of the Spanish style, a distinct Portuguese style in two stages, and a French style which is steeped in tradition dating back to the days of Rome and their gladiator fights.
Bullfighters Awards & Records
While bullfighters usually enjoy celebrity status and fame as their prize for taming a bull, there are also some traditions and awards which celebrate their efforts. Exceptional or perfect performances are rewarded with the crowd offering the bullfighter the ears and tail of the bull as a prize. Only a handful of bullfighters has received this trophy including El Juli, Joselito Adame, El Payo, Zotoluco, Pablo Hermoso, and Jose Tomas. Tomas is considered one of the greatest bullfighters of this generation and has received multiple awards including the Paquiro Award in 2013. Don't miss your chance to see these legends and others perform their incredible acts of bravery with Bullfighters Tickets on StubHub!