Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley set the bar pretty high for fighting game pop-offs in 2017 and it’s only March.
If by chance you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch how it all unfolded in top 64 Street Fighter V play at Final Round, the first Capcom Pro Tour 2017 Premier Event. K-Brad fought Joshua “Wolfkrone” Philpot, and the results were pretty epic:
Everything about this situation is glorious. K-Brad dismantled Wolfkrone in four straight rounds. He gave Wolfkrone a death stare in what must have been the most unbearable half minute of Wolfkrone’s fighting game career since he stood up on Ricki Ortiz in Street Fighter IV.
But it isn’t just K-Brad that seals the deal here. Run the video back and listen to the commentary. I can’t think of two better people to have been on the call of a highly-anticipated match between two feuding players than Steve “Tasty Steve” Scott and Michael “IFC Yipes” Mendoza.
“Tell him about himself!” Tasty Steve shouted.
Now watch the crowd reaction in the background. From left to right: Joe “LI Joe” Ciaramelli, Angel “Moons” Gonzalez, Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez, and Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez all deliver wonderfully meme-worthy reactions to this epic pop-off.
— SMUG (@SmugDaBeast) March 12, 2017
The pop-off has been a long time coming as the two players have quite a history. In a recent livestream (that has since been deleted,) K-Brad explained why he doesn’t like Wolfkrone. Back in Street Fighter IV, Wolfkrone couldn’t beat K-Brad, so he started training with him. Eventually, Wolfkrone allegedly got the best of K-Brad and started trash-talking him.
Wolfkrone also has history with K-Brad’s former Evil Geniuses teammate Justin Wong and his current teammate Ricki Ortiz. The animosity flared up in recent months as the two have met multiple times in tournaments. Wolfkrone beat K-Brad at Frosty Faustings IX in January and popped off by wiping his hands clean and dismissively waving K-Brad away from the stream setup.
To Wolfkrone’s credit, he did shake hands with K-Brad after the loss but he could only clap and shake his head after such a devastating loss.
There was even a possibility of a rematch happening later in the bracket as Wolfkrone advanced in losers by beating Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis, Lin “Oil King’ Li-Wei, and PR Balrog, before losing to Tatsuya Haitani. Truthfully, it’s probably best the rematch didn’t happen because I don’t believe anyone in Atlanta wanted to see Wolfkrone upstage K-Brad.