While he has had a rough start in 2017 for the second season of Street Fighter V–going 0-6 at the 6th Topanga League, tying for 33rd at Final Round 20–Twitch.Hx.CYG BST|Daigo “The Beast” Umehara is still arguably the most successful and recognizable persona in not only the Street Fighter series, but in all of fighting game history. With his recent switch to Guile due to his longtime main Ryu getting questionably nerfed, and therefore possibly hindering his tournament performances (but Ryu will be getting adjusted in the next patch), Umehara is showing how serious he is about winning as he advances to the quarter finals of the ELEAGUE SFV Invitational.
In this short ELEAGUE player profile interview, Umehara briefly discusses key aspects of his life that lead to him becoming a professional fighting game player. He mentions the public stigma that came with playing arcade games in Japan, his relationship with his martial arts-trained father, his time working at at a hospital–to make a living outside of competitions–helping people with dementia, and his rise to the top in the Street Fighter IV era. You can watch the full video below.