Tokido gets his Demon on, Daigo kicks his way out of Duff City and Smug amazes the world; ELEAGUE finals highlights

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 13, 2018 at 7:59 p.m. PDT

We were privileged to witness eight of the world's most amazing Street Fighter 5 players throw down against one another for over $200,000 in prize money at today's ELEAGUE finals.

Starting with 24 players, this last stretch of the race saw only CO|Dogura, FOX|Tokido, EG|Momochi, FOX|Punk, Mouz|Problem X, FD|Fujimura, Rise|Smug and BST|Daigo Umehara as the event's ultimate competitors.

The dust has settled and we've crowned ourselves a winner, but the road there was filled with exciting, top notch plays from these Street Fighter greats.

We've gone back through and grabbed clips of a handful of our favorite moments as we bring to you the highlights of the evening.

The story of the night had to be the journey of Bryant "Smug" Huggins, who was slated on almost every fantasy bracket to be eliminated first round. Not only would he best Fujimura, he'd take out a handful of other names to make it all the way to Grand Finals.

Our first highlight sees Smug outfox The Beast beautifully here for a stellar comeback and $20,000 as that was difference between third and second place:

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Tokido is a shimmy fiend here in this ending sequence to his initial set against Punk:

Not to be outdone by his fellow Japanese god, Daigo really took it to his first opponent as he picked apart Problem X's Bison. Here's the final sequence of their bout, which echoes most all of the rest of it:

We suspected we might see Momochi's Cody today, but we didn't think we'd see a 3-0 in his inaugural match against Dogura:

This one isn't the cleanest of sequences, but it is till pretty high octane:

Given Fujimura's reign of terror as of late, no one saw this coming:

Problem X's Abigail comeback here was pretty slick:

Cody may not have his Zonk Knuckle in the same way it existed in SF4, but Momochi has found the next best thing:

When was the last time you saw this kind of pressure put on an Abigail? Not to mention one as good as Problem X:

Despite a mountain of momentum against him, Daigo wakes up with a brilliant low forward to stop Smug dead in his tracks:

Smug continues his dominance in Grand Finals against Tokido:

Tokido would answer back with a Demon, which is always hype:

Despite an amazing performance by Smug, the day would ultimately be Tokido's:

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