Gai Tendo
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A Mixed Martial Artist, Gai hails from Japan and he calls his fighting style "total combat." He is a balanced stand up fighter skilled with punch and kick combos, and is also a decent grappler. When Gai heard the news of the upcoming Buriki One tournament, he decided to enter to test his skills. During the tournament, he started a rivalry with American boxer Rob Python. His first appearance in the King of Fighters tournament was in KOF '99 as an extra striker. He later appeared in KOF 2000 as Takuma Sakazaki's extra striker. In King of Fighters XI, he finally entered the tournament himself to test his skills. He is loosely based on manga character Baki Hanma from Baki the Grappler.

Buriki One

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Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS, King of Fighters XI

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Page Updated:  May 29th, 2020

How is this kid so good looking? Damn, I wish I had abs like that. Gai Tendo looks like a fighter who has his shit together. He looks like a legit fighter. Much respect on this look. Although Gai's outfit is on the generic side, his MMA-inspired appearance was actually fairly unique in the fighting game world at the time of his debut. Gai is also the first MMA style fighter to join KOF... so that's cool also.

Thanks to the awesome art style of Buriki One, Gai also seems to have a cool personality. Check out those facial expressions... this dude fights with a passion. Watch out Kyo. Anyhow, I like Gai as a design - and I think most martial arts fans would agree. As the protagonist of a very obscure and rare SNK arcade game, Gai never got the chance to shine... all the more reason he made an awesome appearance in KOF. It was cool to see his style  finally translate to a 2D fighting game... SNK did an awesome job with his 2D sprite in King of Fighters XI

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