"Si Senor. Sometimes the bull wins" โ€” or so the old joke goes. But when the bull wins three in a row, its time for the humans to pack up their capes and swords (and balls) and go home.

At least that's what they decided late Tuesday at Madrid's prestigious Las Ventas ring, which said it was the first time in 35 years a fight was stopped at the ring because of matador injuries.

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