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Puerto Rican player wins Street Fighter title in sweep at prestigious tourney

Ricardo Román, aka MonoPR

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico’s Ricardo Román, popularly known in the gaming world as MonoPR, won the prestigious DreamHack San Diego tournament, held over the weekend in California.

The young man, a member of the Puerto Rico-based Red Rooster Team, won the match without losing a single set by beating a series of well-known players: GilbsSkills, WeebTresh, Jazdero, Stupendous, Dreaddragon and Cory Bell. With his perfect performance, Román took the trophy and a $1,000 prize.

“I feel happy and well-motivated to continue growing in this world of gaming, representing Puerto Rico,” Román said. “I appreciate the support of my Red Rooster team. We will continue to reap successes.”

MonoPR is among 64 high-profile players who entered the tournament in the Street Fighter 5 category. Román has had a successful season in which he has achieved notable victories and merits, such as being the first player from Puerto Rico to access the Capcom Cup.

Earlier this month Román ranked in the Top 8 in the competitive Evolution Championship Series, also known as EVO, reaching number five out of 1,797 players. That tournament was held at Tokyo Big Sight, the International Exhibition Center in Japan.

With his exceptional run, MonoPR is on track to achieve a high ranking in the 6th worldwide edition of Street Fighter, which will premiere in June.

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