NAME: Matt Baldwin
PERSONAL: Height: 6í1Ē Weight: 187
HOMETOWN : Sylvania, AL
YEARS FIGHTING BULLS: 21 years, since I was 15
MENTOR: All the old school guys and they know who they are
OTHER JOB: Owner/operator of his own construction company
FAMILY: Wife Kristy, Sons Eli (Bubba) and Krease
OTHER SPORTS PLAYED: High school wrestling and some football
Phone App: I donít even have any apps on my phone but I do love to send my wife videos of the kids when she is at work
Work-out Routine: Thatís funny
TV Show: Anything non-fiction and educational
CBR Event: Del Rio
Movie: The Goonies
Food: Anything that donít eat me first ha ha. My favorite pre-show meal is steak, salad and sweet potatoes
Boots: Iím hard on boots and every time a get a new pair is something different
Road Trip: I fly almost all the time
Favorite Drink: Water
Style of Cinch Jeans: White label
What is the strangest thing in your gear bag? I got stuff that has been in my bag since I started, it just keeps making the trips.
If you werenít fighting bulls you would be: Canít imagine not fighting bulls- itís what keeps me sane.
If you could hang out with anyone who would that be? I wish my both my grandpas were around and I would hang out with them.
Before I go out into the arena I always: stretch and say a prayer- but I pray for othersÖ.
Hobbies: I like working on my race car- I like to dirt track race.
CBR Evan Williams Bull Fighter Profile
2011 CBR Bull Fighter of the Year Matt Baldwin
Matt Baldwin is not your ordinary man. During the week he operates his own construction business and on the weekends he jumps in front of bulls. ďBrushes with deathĒ are something he counts on a weekly basis, with a smile. He has a taste for the extreme but chatting with him within the normal setting of a hotel lobby, itís hard to see that side of him through the slow southern drawl, boyish smile and easy personality. But that indeed is Matt Baldwin- Professional Bull Fighter.
Matt has been fighting bulls for the CBR since the beginning of the organization in fact he fought bulls at the very first CBR event in Jackson, MS ten years ago. He has been facing off against bulls for nearly 21 years and is one of the most respected and highly regarded bull fighters in the business.
One of the most talked about characteristics of Matt Baldwin is his is absolute love for bulls, as an athlete, not just an animal. He has a lot of respect for the beasts and often talks about them as if they were fellow co-workers. The other characteristic people often mention is he sheer lack of fear. Matt is one of the only bull fighters in the world that wears absolutely no protective gear or padding. Not something that is recommended by anyone especially when you are up against a 2000 pound beast with a mind of its own. But it is just part of who Matt is. With too many injuries and broken bones to count, Matt is known to have stepped into the arena to work with broken ankles, toes, fingers and ribs.
Matt Baldwin has one of the most interesting perspectives on life and the danger he faces day to day. He makes it a point to pray before he gets in the arena but not for himself, he says, ďThat would be silly. Thatís like saying youíre gonna jump off a house and then pray for protection. I canít be a hypocrite,Ē he says with a laugh.
The other half to Mattís side is his wife Kristy, who just goes along with whatever he brings her way. Kristy is a paramedic, which sometimes comes in handy. Recently Matt fell from a rooftop he was working on and knocked himself unconscious for a time and cut his head. When he returned home Kristy took one look and calmly grabbed her purse for yet another trip to the emergency room.
Matts other unique quality, his love for his children. A fierce dare devil in the arena and a teddy bear at home. Kristy and Matt have two sons, Eli, nicknamed Bubba and Krease. Matt spends a great deal of time with his sons sharing with them the many things his late grandfathers shared with him. It is important to him to teach his children how to be good people who work hard and take care of each other.
All these many things combined lend to a one-of-a-kind type of cowboy. A soul from a generation long forgotten but we are happy to have with us now.