Daigo Umehara Bests Justin Wong to Clinch Evo 2009 SFIV Title

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Daigo “The Beast” Umehara has once again lived up to his carnal moniker by beating his long-standing American nemesis, Justin Wong, in the Evo 2009 Street Fighter IV finals. Daigo and Wong – and their rivalry – are noted for their dramatic Evo 2004 Ken/Chun-Li comeback final, in which Daigo narrowly escaped death to show Wong his own backside.

History it seems really does repeat itself, as this year Daigo’s Ryu narrowly escaped death to show Wong’s surprise Balrog (Boxer) his own backside. Although a much less convincing victory than his utter destroyification of Wong’s Rufus at the Gamestop Street Fighter IV World Championships, Daigo proved that thanks to his ability to adapt he is without doubt the world’s greatest Street Fighter player.

Hit the jump for the nail-biting final game between these well-matched adversaries

You can catch the rest of Daigo and Wong’s match-ups here

Last Updated: July 20, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Darkling

    Crazy Asians.

  • Ninjas, the lot of ’em. :ninja:

  • Meh, Draeka would’ve taken both those clowns out no problems 😛

  • That was proper hardcore I tell you. I have been watching a lot of the EVO coverage and it was insane, something like 1300 competitors in the SFIV tournament alone.

    I wish I could have been there, it was in Vegas

  • Q121

    zero emotions from those kids….

    I would have been dancing on my seat if I won that 🙂

    :pirate:

  • Justin Wong actually got up after winning one of the match ups to pump the crowd up. Daigo just sits quitly and concentrates, and in the end, it pays off. Justin Wong can be quite an arrogant douche at times and it’s bitten him in the ass on quite a few occassions.

  • 2Bop

    it was more epic than the most dramtic world cup final. wanted to share the drama with normal people but in the end i could only really share my excitement with 2 people. and 22000 people watching the stream. Im glad daigo won as justin wong said in an interview after the gamestop finals that if it was evo he would have switched to abel or balrog and boxed the crap out of him.

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