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Santa Maria Michelito LaGravereLa Gloria, Texas—Santa Maria Bull Ring will present the Grand Finale bloodless bullfight on Sunday, March 11 featuring two famous matadors returning from their European tours.

Manolo Martinez, known as the Mexicano De Oro, one of the elite matadors in the Republic of Mexico, will challenge his top competitor Michelito Lagravere, son of the famous French matador Miguel Lagravere. Both performed March 4 at the City of Hidalgo’s BorderFest festival celebrating Spain. This will be the final bullfight for the Santa Maria Bull Ring's 18th season.

“The competitive spirit between these two is incredible,” said Santa Maria Bull Ring owner Fred Renk. “They are always trying to out do each other, creating this show of complete domination of their opponents, el toro bravo (the brave bull), everytime they perform together. Very seldom are they presented on the same card. It makes for one dynamic show for the fans.”

The bulls are huge, Renk said, outweighing many of the bulls faced in Mexican arenas. They are the fantastic animals of the famous breeding ranch Colminar Viejo of Cd. Victoria, Mexico.

Unlike Mexican bullfights where the bulls are weakened and slowed by the picador, these bulls are fought by the matadors full strength for the entire performance. “Truly world-class bloodless bullfights,” Renk added.

The gates open at the Santa Maria Bull Ring at 1 p.m. and there is always great food, beverages and entertainment prior to the corrida which starts at 4 p.m. sharp.

Tickets are only available by calling 1-956-481-3300 for reservations. Make your reservations and pay when you arrive.

Tickets are $30 sunny side, $35 shady side, and $40 for special ringside box seats – the best seat in the arena.

The bullfight goes on, rain or shine. Renk says he has never cancelled a corrida.

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