Last night saw the conclusion of the expansive Street Fighter 25th Anniversary tournament series at the grand finals event in Burlingame, California. Jo “MOV” Egami, the heavy favorite to take first place in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, proved that faith in him was far from unfounded with his absolute domination of the entire field of competitors, which included top global talent the likes of Evil Geniuses’ Yusuke Momochi and Justin Wong, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi of Mad Catz, Tatsuya “Mester” Makino, and Benoit “Gunfight” Arquilla.
MOV’s only risk of falling into the losers bracket came during the winners finals, where Momochi’s Yun pushed him to the brink of defeat. This battle between Japanese competitors would see MOV eventually make his way to the grand finals with a score of 3-2 to await Tokido. In that final set, MOV moved away from Chun-Li in favor of Ken to avoid the mirror match, and made quick work of Tokido with a clean sweep, completely disallowing Mad Catz’ premier fighter from gaining any substantial leverage.
MOV’s take-away from the grand finals included $3,500, a custom Mad Catz joystick, and the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary first place trophy for Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. We would like to extend our congratulations to MOV for his impressive victory and thank everyone involved with these grand finals and the qualifiers that came before them for an amazing tournament series.
Full results for this and other events at the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary grand finals can be found in our coverage hub.