“Street Fighter” Cosplay Contest Has A Surprisingly Beefy Winner

Everyone came dressed as Chun-Li—except for one guy.

At a Street Fighter event in Japan last month, a handful of Chun-Li cosplayers assembled for a costume contest. But the winner was a surprise—the big beefy guy who dressed up like Street Fighter tough guy Zangief.

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Model Kayo Satoh, pinup Yuka Kuramochi and actress Mai Hino couldn’t top bodybuilder Taichi Shimizu as the Red Cyclone.

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Producers actually wanted Shimizu to cosplay as Chun-Li, but he’d only agree to join the contest if he could dress up like the Soviet smasher.


Watch the contest below. (It starts around 8:18:03)

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