'Punk is technically the Eleague champion, but in my eyes, the winner has not been decided' - Phenom speaks emotionally about his narrow loss

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 11, 2017 at 8:11 a.m. PDT

Traditionally speaking, when Arman "BX3|Phenom" Hanjani talks about Street Fighter 5, he does so with a fairly apathetic tone. During his EVO interview with Capcom Fighters' Matt Edwards, he had some very clear emotion behind his words.

The Norwegian Necalli player is known the world over as one of the most consistent competitors in all of SF5, and wound up making it all the way to the finals at TBS' Eleague to face off against PG|Punk back in March.

Unlike traditional Street Fighter tournament format, the finals were played in a best of seven format with the player in the winners bracket (Phenom) beginning the set with a 1-0 game advantage.

Hanjani had originally sent Punk to losers with a score of 3-1. When they played again in grand finals, Punk wound up taking it 4-2 after a heartbreaking combo drop by Hanjani.

"I sent him to losers, he gets another chance to come back. He sends me to losers, I don't get another chance... honestly, all things said, he got very, very, very lucky. This is not salt, this is just facts. He knows it. Everyone knows it," Phenom told Edwards.

"He is technically the Eleague champion, but in my eyes, the winner has not been decided."

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