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This Ultra Street Fighter 4 match shows there's no room for mercy at Evo

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

At this morning's Ultra Street Fighter 4 pools matches at Evo 2015, Abel player Gustavo "801Strider" Romero took out another competitor, the young Ken player known as Skullzer, with three perfect rounds in a row. Romero's brutal beatdown might seem a bit cruel, especially when you see just how young Skullzer is, but as commentators Mike Ross and Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez point out, "This is tournament time. This is Evo. You don't go easy at Evo."

After all, remember when 8-year-old Noah Solis made it to the top 48 in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at Evo 2011? You never know.

Despite the bloodbath, Ross and Gutierrez remain positive about Skullzer's chances in the tournament, which was surely a tough way to start Evo. As for Romero, who is pegged as a top-eight favorite at Evo 2015, he made it out of pools and will play in the Ultra Street Fighter 4 quarterfinals later today.