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Big Bird Emerges Victorious At Red Bull Kumite, the Street Fighter 6 Invitational

Big Bird Emerges Victorious At Red Bull Kumite, the Street Fighter 6 Invitational

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Adel "Big Bird" Anouche emerged victorious, overcoming Christ "Akainu" Onema in a dominating 5-1 Final after besting fellow UAE talent AngryBird, Zhen and Last Chance Qualifier Champ Kakeru.

Adel “Big Bird” Anouche has emerged from the cage victorious at Red Bull Kumite after overcoming Christ “Akainu” Onema in a dominating 5-1 Final, making the case for himself as one of, if not the, best Street Fighter 6 player in the world. The star-studded tournament, hosted at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, showcased the talent of the continent with Algerian-born Big Bird taking home first place and South African JabhiM besting arguably the greatest Street Fighter player of all time, Tokido.

This electrifying tournament left fans in awe as the top players from across the globe descended on South Africa to battle it out to be crowned for the very first time, the world’s best Street Fighter 6 player.

The Semi-Finals were when breakout player Kakeru’s run came to an end, with Big Bird’s Marisa too much for Kakeru to handle. The young star put up a valiant fight, however, Big Bird took the lead and didn’t look back, taking the match 5-1. French player Akainu, initially a last minute replacement, was matched up against a powerful looking Oil King, however didn’t miss a beat as he progressed to the Final with a 5-1 victory.

Entering the final matchup, it seemed that either player could take home first place. However, Big Bird again used Marisa to dominate his opponent, delivering heavy hits and perfectly dealt combos that Akainu was unable to counter. Big Bird took lead of the match early, and didn’t look back, capping off a dominant run with a 5-1 result that allowed him to earn the title of Red Bull Kumite Champion. Of Algerian descent, Big Bird is the first African Red Bull Kumite Champion.

Following an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, Big Bird commented: “I still can’t believe it, it feels surreal, and amazing. It feels so good winning the tournament here, in my continent. I’m very happy to be the first ever African Champion of Red Bull Kumite.” This year’s tournament was the biggest Red Bull Kumite ever, with more than 160,000 concurrent viewers at its peak.

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