Following the departure of Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez as their main Street Fighter player, Panda Global have jumped right back into the fight by signing Victor “Punk” Woodley to the organization. Making a splash at last year’s Red Bull Battlegrounds–where he gained third after defeating heavy hitters like Echo Fox|Justin Wong and the aforementioned FChamp–Punk has gone from strength to strength with first place finishes at both NEC ’17 and Winter Brawl 11.
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At only 18-years-old and a master of multiple characters, Punk represents the growing number of younger players who are really starting to shake up the old order of Street Fighter. In a statement to ESPN Esports, Panda Global CEO Alan Bunney M.D. said that “Punk is going to be one of the dark horses of 2017” and that Panda Global is “excited to support the new blood in the scene.”
The signing is ahead of the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V invitational, where Punk has to fight powerhouses like Echo Fox|Momochi, RZR|Infiltration, Echo Fox|Julio Fuentes, and Smug, to name but a few. Punk certainly has no shortage of chutzpah, so let’s see if the young buck from Philadelphia can make it through to the next round of the competition.