Remembering the time Daigo Umehara got a taste of his own medicine in an EVO top 8

Ume-medicine… umedicine…?

BST|Daigo “The Beast” Umehara is known as the best Street Fighter player of all time, and for a number of reasons. Having the vision and execution to pull off an EVO Moment 37, being so consistently on the world stage throughout virtually every major Street Fighter game, and winning EVOs in Street Fighter 4 is a good start, but having a god-like strategy like “Ume-Shoryu” to your name. Being named really speaks to your skills as a competitor.

Daigo is known for being able to get into the heads of his opponents and predict, with incredible detail, what they will do next. During the Top 8 at EVO 2011, however, Daigo received a heaping helping of his own potions and ended up looking like a helpless rag doll. Papa Lobster recalls this ridiculously high octane fight in a recent video.

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Although it’s been a while since we’ve seen him on the Grand Street Fighter stage, South Korean competitor Lee “Pungko” Chung Gon has been red hot (both in speed and rage) in the early 2010s.

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Pungko was completely primitive in his execution, but absolutely chaotic in his method. This perfect combination of order and chaos led to incredible plays during which he took huge risks and somehow consistently saw them pay off… even against a player as high-powered and strong-minded as the mighty Daigo Umehara.

As strong as Poongko proved to be at this point, a bettor would still probably put a hefty sum on Daigo, who is using the best character in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition: Yun.

Not only that, but Punko was using the character with the lowest health in the game: Seth, and everyone knew that the result would come down to Daigo’s ability to get inside his enemy’s mind…his specialty.

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The audience blinked, however, and the set ended with Punko taking Daigo apart in almost every match. As far as we can tell about this crazy set, Papa Lobster does a great job setting everything up and conveying the wonder of the moment, so check out his full video on the set below and share your thoughts in the comments afterwards.


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