After falling to Arman “Phenom” Hanjani in the winner’s finals, Victor “Punk” Woodley ran it back through the loser’s bracket to win the Eleague Street Fighter V Invitational 4-2.
When Punk and Phenom met in the winner’s bracket, Punk seemed to have no answer for Phenom’s air game as Necalli. Constant jumps and dive-kicks, coupled with some stellar grapples, secured Phenom the winner’s advantage and a seat at the grand finals.
Punk, meanwhile, fought through a grueling match against Keita “Fuudo” Ai’s fearsome Mika, going the distance in a tense first-to-three. Securing his rematch, the self-proclaimed “Alpha” would have to find the solution to Phenom’s Necalli, while down a set thanks to winner’s advantage.
Punk seemed to find the solution, coming out with a strong first two sets and only dropping a single overall. Punishing Phenom’s Necalli for a crucial on a decisive combo, Punk secured the win at 4-2. The Karin pro takes home $150,000 in prize earnings and defends his title as one of the best in Street Fighter V.