Country:Brazil (Bálsamo, Sao Paulo)
Career highlights:Frost/Thurman Award (2010), 11-time PBR finalist
Total rides (career):527
Bottom line: Valdiron de Oliveira was raised in the small town of Tres Rios, Brazil, some 90 miles into the mountains outside of Rio de Janeiro.
He worked on ranches for what he estimates was one dollar per week until he was 16 years old. Then, he began to ride bulls in competitions.
Oliveira also crafted a respectable career in mixed martial arts and fought in UFC for several years, a sport for which he’s much more well known in his native country.