Yoshinori Ono explains how he got into Street Fighter, the first character he ever used and his road to becoming the franchise's Executive Producer

Many of us know Street Fighter 4 and 5's Executive Producer, Yoshinori Ono, from his regular public appearances, charging gleefully around stages and ballroom floors with his tiny Blanka figurine, laughing and taking pictures with fans.

Ono's seemingly carefree and whimsical antics are incredibly misleading, because behind the more childlike exterior is quite possibly the hardest working individual in the Street Fighter world.

In an interview with Wire, Ono goes in-depth about his career with Street Fighter and Capcom. From an onlooker, to a sound designer, all the way up to becoming the Executive Producer of one of the best-selling video game franchises in history.

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Think you know who will win Capcom Cup? Participate in UltraChen's fantasy bracket contest for your chance at some cool prizes

We're just two days away from Capcom Cup 2015, and it feels like that in every other FGC conversation you'll be sure to hear predictions for Capcom Cup matches. UltraDavid and James Chen have partnered with Mad Catz and Maxoplata to create a fantasy bracket contest.

With 32 of the the year's strongest competitors all under one roof, predicting won't be easy, but the ones with the closest predictions will win themselves some nice prizes.

There's a Chun-Li Street Fighter V TE2 Arcade Fight stick for first place, a Tritton Pro+ headset for second place, and a Tritton Kunai headset for third place. The contest is free to enter, and you can see all the details over at UltraChenTV.

You can do some recon on the players in the tournament by checking out UltraChen's individual player break downs on Capcom Fighters. Image source: SRK.

WWE superstars Xavier Woods and The Miz go at it in Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition, and the pop offs are real

Xavier Woods, a.k.a. Ausin Creed, continues his video game-based YouTube series with a special Street Fighter episode.

This episode features fellow WWE superstar The Miz in a Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition exhibition. As is always the case with anything WWE, smack talking, salt and pop offs are in no short supply when these two face off.

Woods makes a special effort to point out that they've upgraded to using Mad Catz TE 2 fight sticks, and even makes a direct shout out to Gootecks and Mike Ross just a few minutes in.

You may recall seeing the WWE star on a few episodes of Excellent Adventures back in July and August.

Hit the jump to watch the video and find out who wins the CE exhibition.

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The original Street Fighter themes have never sounded better; Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack is here

The music from Street Fighter 2 has been restored and remastered, and is now available for fans to get their hands on.

Brave Wave has compiled all of our favorite themes, along with a few sound clips, into one, big nostalgic package. They've included versions from both World Warrior and Super Turbo, so you'll get to hear a bit of the evolution of the music.

Below you'll find Ryu and, of course, Guile's themes to sample:

Unfortunately, the vinyls are all sold out, but you can still purchase the special three disc set, or download the soundtrack digitally. Head over to Brave Wave's store to see all the details, and make a purchase.

Source: Capcom Unity.

This guy got his dad to reenact the win poses from Street Fighter 2, and his Dhalsim dance is top tier

A Los Angeles comedian by the name of Nick Luciano has decided to let his dad do all the work.

In a series of videos, Nick has gotten his father to reenact win poses and/or taunts from various fighting game casts. Today he runs through most of the characters in Street Fighter 2.

Nick's dad surely wins the "trying your best" award, even if not all of his impersonations are spot on. This doesn't reign true however, for Mr. Luciano's Dhalsim dance. Perhaps the most elaborate of the poses, Nick's dad really puts his heart into this one:

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What would happen if you were Shoryukened in real life? The answer is... pretty gross

VSauce3 is back with another video combining science with fighting games, this time analyzing the effects of a Shoryuken on a human head.

Done somewhat in the spirit of Myth Busters, Sauce delves into the mathematics and physics behind one of Street Fighter's most iconic moves.

Using a human-like dummy, recall Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior, Sauce recreates a Dragon Punch in real life. The video offers all the scientific explanation and theory, but if you're just here for the action, you can see it below.

Note that there's some gore involved, so it may be a bit NSFW.

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Ronda Rousey is a total buzzkill in Street Fighter 2

Forget Akuma, Ronda Rousey is the one you have to watch out for in Street Fighter 2.

The Kicker has created a video depicting what it'd be like to have Ronda in the classic fighter. The bottom line? She's OP.

Known for her absolute dominance in the UFC Octagon, Rousey is one of the most celebrated fighters in the company's history. She currently boasts the Bantamweight championship, as well as an undefeated record.

We take a comical look at some bouts between Ronda and few poor saps on the ST roster unlucky enough to have to fight her. Hit the jump to see the video.

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Dragons, trolls, samurai and M. Bison? Classic Street Fighter characters are invading Blood Brothers 2

Three classic Street Fighters are making their way into DeNA’s mobile RPG: Blood Brothers 2.

Ryu, Chun-Li and M. Bison will be featured in the strategic battle game as they fight off tons of mythical creatures to level up their abilities. Here's a snippet from the game's story line,

"M. Bison has inadvertently opened a portal from Earth to the Blood Brothers’ world of Arnashia. Seizing the opportunity, M. Bison hatches a plan to bring the most powerful entities from Arnashia back to Earth to fight alongside him.

The Blood Brothers have another idea–they open their own portal, sucking in Street Fighter’s Ryu who awakes to find legions of unspeakable creatures."

Here are a few images of the Street Fighters re-imagined for Blood Brothers.

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'One of my first tournaments was EVO... and I won' - 'Cultivation' season 1 premieres with Snake Eyez's rise to prominence

Red Bull has debuted the first episode of a new series entitled Cultivation. These videos will tell the stories of different professional eSports players and follow their journey to success.

The first season will focus on Red Bull's own Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis, known best for his amazing Zangief in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Below is a quick summary from the official Cultivation press release.

Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis is not only the best up and coming Street Fighter player in North America, he’s also the best Zangief player in the world. The core of Cultivation’s narrative revolves around Darryl’s humble beginnings and his choice to play video games professionally as an outlet.

After a devastating loss at the hands of MCZ|Daigo Umehara at 2015’s Evolution Championship Series (EVO), Darryl realized he needed to level up his skill set if he wanted to achieve his dreams of being the best player in the World. To do that, Darryl would need to travel to Japan and train with the Japanese players who currently sit atop the Street Fighter rankings.

The first season of Cultivation tells the story of Darryl’s journey over five episodes slated to appear weekly on Red Bull TV. Episode One “The Call to Adventure” debuting today focuses on Darryl’s early life growing up in Compton, what drove him to choose a life of a professional eSports athlete, and why Zangief – an uncommon character choice in most professional competition – is Snake Eyez’s fighter of choice.

Hit the jump to check out a release schedule for the rest of the season, along with episode 1.

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What does tennis legend Serena Williams do in her spare time? She plays Street Fighter

On the lighter side of the news spectrum for today, we take a peek into the casual life of tennis superstar, Serena Williams.

The number one ranked women's singles tennis player is known the world over for her seemingly countless achievements during her professional career, but she's caught the attention of the fighting game community with a recent post on her Instagram.

Williams posted a picture of a Saturday festivity with her mother, which involves playing Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior on her handheld SupaBoy. Click the flaming tennis ball below to see her upload.

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We wish we could get some footage of Serena's play, to see if her anti airs are as good as her backhand, but the photo will have to do for now. Let us know in the comments which character you think Serena plays.

Source: Tennis World.

Photo sources: Ella Ling and Shutter Stock.

There's a giant E. Honda terrorizing Tokyo! Okay, not terrorizing... but he is an enormous mural

In Tokyo, there is a giant mural of everyone's favorite Street Fighter sumo: E. Honda.

A graffiti artist by the name of CASE -- known most for painting massive, life-like pieces on buildings -- completed another project last week in Japan. Near the Tennōzu Isle Station in Shinagawa, Tokyo, this 12-stories-high E. Honda now watches those who walk by with Hundred Hands at the ready.

Because this painting is so large, multiple photos were taken during its creation process. Below you can see the full mural, along with some progress shots.

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Via Kotaku. Photos from: pro_gress, keigofukugaki, leeannewong and b4_flight. Sent in by enkil, CaptainN2, and an anonymous reader.

Canada Cup 2015 results ft. Momochi, GamerBee, Xian, Kazunoko

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The prestigious Canada Cup is upon us again, and not only is it a huge multi-game event, but it's also a Capcom Pro Tour premier event - the last premier event, in fact, that will actually bestow CPT points upon its participants.

The event is set to hos loads of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, King of Fighters 13, Killer Instinct, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Momochi, AvM|GamerBee, RZR|Xian, Kazunoko, RB|Bonchan, RZR|Fuudo, RB|Snake Eyez, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, YOMI|Dieminion, EG|PR Balrog, EG|PPMD, PIE|Smug, FA|Ryan Hart, WFX|801 Strider, PG|Filipino Champ, /r/Kappa|Hagejin, /r/Kappa|Misse, /r/Kappa|KitasenjuDJ, Itabashi Zangief, EG|Justin Wong, MOV, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, YBK|801 Jayce the Ace, RayRay, IND|Pro Fluke, ESR|Gonzales, DR|StormKubo, LU|Alex Valle, CCG|Air, BCW|Brenttiscool, CCG|Chi-Rithy, TS|Arturo Sanchez, UA|Noel Brown, CT|The Moon, Boreal|Ally, GOL|Ranmasama, TL|CastBlanka, VGP|Chaotix, 12M.OCV|Riceata and more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup, Canada Cup 2, Canada Cup 3 and Canada Cup 4.

Hit the jump to check out the action for yourself.

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TCEG Con 2015 tournament live stream ft. Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, NYChrisG, Mew2King, and more

TCEG Con 2015 is currently being held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and over the course of this event we will be seeing a handful of fighting game tournaments take place.

Games being played at this convention include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and Project M.

Players set to compete include EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Mew2King, Ally, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule.

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Fans are raving about this Street Fighter 5 remix of an old, familiar theme

An artist by the name of Rukunetsu has taken one of the most iconic themes in Street Fighter franchise history, and given it a bit of a modern kick.

The character select theme from Street Fighter 2 is one of those tunes that'll take you right back to earlier days of the enjoyment, frustration and nostalgia of making through Arcade Mode or finally throwing your first fireball on the Player 2 side.

Rukunetsu has taken this old theme, in all of its 16-bit goodness, and remixed it to better fit the style of the upcoming Street Fighter 5. The mash up has a lot of the community commending Rukunetsu on a job well done.

Hit the jump to give the remix a listen.

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After four, long years Arizona re-hydrates its tournament scene with the brand new 'Rewired 2015'

This guy is better at Smash Bros. using his feet than I am with my hands

From 2005-2011, Devastation was the "big deal" event for the Arizona fighting game scene. After Devastation was cancelled in 2012, The Grand Canyon State become something of a ghost town where major tournaments were concerned.

After some tireless wandering in Southern California, learning from organizers such as the famed LU|Alex Valle, Nick "F99|Driftwood" Going returned to his home state with big plans. Teaming with local Smash Bros. TO, Justin "JBVH" Bruce Van Horne, Going is bringing about his first regional tournament this November 14th-15th: Rewired 2015.

"It's hard for some players to travel, and without a tournament worthy of outsiders, many in our scene can't grow," says Going, "My goal with Rewired is to establish a yearly tournament of grand scale that will attract out of towners and give our players the chance to learn, improve and shine."

Boasting an affordable entry fee of only $15, a venue that serves free breakfast and over $1,500 in pot bonuses, Rewired looks to establish Arizona a regular stop on the North American tournament circuit. Hit the jump to see the trailer.

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