- 1 Introduction
- 2 History : How he became Biff...
- 3 Biff participates in the 1998 Tekken 3 Tournament in the UK
- 4 Speed Run of Lylat Wars (Starfox 64)
- 5 Rise of Biff in the Street Fighter Series
- 6 Biff and the Arcade Machine at Trocadero
- 7 Biff vs Tom Gaffikin at UK Games Tournament on 29th April 2006
- 8 Biff vs Steven Zwartjes
- 9 Biff Part 2 : The Challenge in Paris
- 10 Mario Kart DS showdown
- 11 Further Gaming Events
- 12 Street Fighter 4 and Super Mario Kart Tournament
- 13 Super Street Fighter 4 Challenges vs Tom Gaffikin
- 14 SMK Tower European Gamer's Tournament November 2013
- 15 Biff and Philosophy
- 16 Jonathan Sifleet's Multiplayer and Tournament Achievements
- 17 Biff's Other Crazy Achievements
- 18 The Future of Biff?
- 19 External Links
Jonathan Sifleet (aka Biff) is a Street Fighter Alpha 3 Fei-Long Specialist who was born in the Manor, London, United Kingdom (UK); a British gamer with all round skills in many games known to man, and even games rarely known to man. He participated in SMK and a bit of MKDS for Time Trials along with some competitions. Otherwise he built on his favorite genre of Video Gaming, beat-em-ups, namely the Street Fighter series. He was later able to meet SMK karters who were also involved in Street Fighter and assist in hosting a few kart meets in the UK alongside Sami Cetin. During this time Biff starred in his own short film in 2006 along with several SMK players which led to a feature length sequel the following year in 2007.
Biff is the founder of the famous 'Team UK' and its slogan 'Feel No Way' that the British SMK Team have used ever since in his honour and all their subsequent successes.
History : How he became Biff...
Jonathan took an interest in gaming at an early age; when he reached Secondary School he met Sami Cetin, discussing gaming and the Super Nintendo Console which they were both heavily into in 1994. It was at this time that Jonathan discovered a Glitch on Donkey Kong Country(SNES) shortly after its release in late 1994 whereby he was able to go through a wall and fall through infinite extra life balloons. To this day no known gamers have been able to replicate this Glitch.
Jonathan continued to focus his early passion for games as a method to unwind. He grew powerful, not only in strength but in mind, heart, wisdom and above all... gaming skills. He then earned the nickname 'Biff' during his later school years, and he has gone by this name since.
Biff participates in the 1998 Tekken 3 Tournament in the UK
In 1998, upon the game's Console release, there was a Tournament in London for Tekken 3 which Biff attended. This Tournament was the UK preliminaries that started with well over 1000 of the best players from all over the country. Biff made it to some of the final stages and managed to reach 15th place in the UK on final playoffs of the Nation's best. It is believed that the player who eliminated Biff at this stage and went on to win was UK's Tekken and Street Fighter Legend and Guinness World Record Holder, Ryan Hart. Ryan Hart proceeded to a Grand International Final for Tekken 3 afterwards vs the best players from Japan (Sho), Norway (Oystein) and USA (Jeff). Ryan finished 2nd after losing to Sho from Japan. Biff was unable to reach near the level of these players, however won a copy of the game for the console and a T-shirt. 1998 was the year that laid some foundations for his fighting game skills which drove to him buy Street Fighter Alpha 3 on its release and grow from there.
Speed Run of Lylat Wars (Starfox 64)
Biff took a keen interest in Speed Running a few games, and although he has never been able to reach a World Record, he came very close to the records on Lylat Wars (Starfox 64) of the N64. Although a recent attempt has never been done, he had one of the fastest completion times in the UK; eyewitness reports state that he has a fast method for defeating some of the early bosses in the game.
Rise of Biff in the Street Fighter Series
Biff's interest in the beat-em-up games during the 90s led to a strong career in the Street Fighter series. He has owned a copy of every single version of this game that was ever released on console. He has never specialised on one to reach the top ranks in the World, however presented a strong challenge to anyone within the UK. During 1999-2000 Biff was picking up skills in Street Fighter Alpha 3 which later became his favourite version, and Fei-Long as one of his favourite characters. He visited several small gaming events and even game shops in the UK where small Street Fighter Alpha 3 matches were held and won numerous challenges over the next years. On one occasion there was a top player from Scotland visiting whom Biff was able to defeat with Fei-Long; he later lost a few other rounds but also defeated the other 3 challengers present.
Some years later,, Sami presented Biff with a Street Fighter Challenger in the form of Tom Gaffikin. They instantly became rivals, both trying for years to edge each other out on different versions on Street Fighter, including Street Fighter Alpha 3.
Biff and the Arcade Machine at Trocadero
One day Biff went to the Trocadero Arcades in London and saw that there was a huge queue to play on one of the Marvel vs Capcom game machines. The people waiting were a little annoyed as there was one player in front who was dominating and would not get off the machine as he kept beating every challenger. The queue of well over 100 people asked Biff to step up to see if he could help them out. He bravely went up to the challenger and selected his characters. After a tough battle, Biff was victorius. As the crowd cheered for him in relief that they would finally be able to freely use the machine, Biff's opponent put another coin in and demanded a rematch! He lost once again, and continuously repeated putting more coins in. After 4 or 5 losses in a row the opponent responded "Nah Blud! Nah Blud!". Biff said "Yes Blud! Yes Blud! Get off the machine, thats it you lost you are off now". The crowd shook Biff's hand and cheered as he left the venue, thanking him for his assistance. This wouldn't be the last action sequence Biff would star in concerning Street Fighter games however...
Biff vs Tom Gaffikin at UK Games Tournament on 29th April 2006
A games event was organised by the British Team and Sami Cetin which included an SMK Tournament for the intermediate level players and a few advanced karters and various other games; but also the main event: A showdown between Biff as Fei-Long and Tom Gaffikin as Akuma in Street Fighter Alpha 3. A Video was created on that day of the immense battle with Biff emerging victorious after a 3-1 win on the rounds. Biff also participated this day in the SMK tournament where he advanced to the Semi-Final; losing then vs John Barber. Random retro games challenges also took place and Biff had to defeat a strong CPU player using a weaker team on Sensible Soccer (SNES). Biff made a good comeback in this event to win. The videos of that match are split into Part 1 and Part 2.
Biff vs Steven Zwartjes
In September 2006, the British SMK Team were in conversation with the Dutch SMK Team and decided to create a surprise event on an October weekend of 2006. They were able to get in touch with Steven Zwartjes who was a former Dutch, European and World Champion in several games on the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. Steven had won a Street Fighter contest back in 1993 which held 15000-20000 gamers from Holland. He had later played on other versions and was able to utilise his skills with his strongest character Ken really well. Steven was invited to London along with [Karel van Duijvenboden] for that weekend to give the opportunity for Biff to face the strongest Challenger from the Netherlands on Street Fighter Alpha 3. However there was one catch; Biff knew that he would have some matches with Tom that weekend, however he did not know that Steven was making a surprise visit!
Sami Cetin then decided to make this into a short movie with Biff as one of the Stars. However as they were not sure at the time how good it would turn out, so it was limited to a short intro detailing Biff's Street Fighter history vs Tom and then the matches vs Steven. Prior to the event, Biff had secretly been training with Sagat and was saying to Sami and John Barber that he would 'Feel no way to Bust out the Sagat'. However John and Sami knew that it was not a good idea to start training with a new character, but to stick to his best, Fei Long. Biff however, adament that he can make miracles happen stated "Nah man... seriously I'm feeling no way to just Bust out the Sagat".
Biff and Steven met on the day when Steven was brought downstairs to the games room, there was an instant uproar of fans present as they cheered the two challengers as UK vs Netherlands in a battle to the finish. The gamers would play 2 whole matches against each other, the first was set to 3 rounds (which was originally intended to be 5), so the 2nd match was set to 5 rounds. Sami put together a Trailer for the 1st Biff Movie which received excellent reception from viewers of the SMK World. Shortly after a 2nd Trailer was released.
The first Match had Biff using his strongest, Fei-Long to challenge Steven's Ken. The first round saw a match that equalled near perfectly, and Biff taking the lead towards the end nearly going for the kill. However a few slips left Biff open and Steven got a few last digs in to win the round when both were at almost 0 health. The room let out a scream of cheers as Biff's Fei-Long was shown the heat for the first time. The 2nd round, Biff put more pressure in, timing his Super attacks and pushed ahead more, Steven followed up some more attacks which did damage. But later Biff's special move took Steven out to make it 1-1. The final round had Steven doing some light combos following up with a Super, Biff made a flurry of attacks, some doing damage and some being blocked. Biff was then in trouble, he tried to attack but Steven countered taking him out with a Super attack and some more kicks. Biff fought back with everything he could but the health was too short and Steven won the match. Cheers were let out in the room as Steven got to hold the Champions belt. However it was not over...
The 2nd Match would next begin. Sami and John didn't know what to think, but then they remembered Biff mentioning his training with Sagat, but were unsure at the time if it would help. The audience decided to call out: "Biff... Bust out the Sagat"... "Yeah Biff... Bust out the Sagat!". Biff let out a small smile to that. The 2nd match (5 rounds this time) was prepared, Steven selected Ken again, and Biff went for Sagat. Biff started off strong, pummelling Steven with hard attacks and combos, winning the first two rounds and winking at his Team. Steven took a more strategic attacking approach landing more hits in following up with supers to win rounds 3 and 4. The final round would be the decider, a question of who wanted it most. Both competitors were down on health, Steven needed about one more hard kick to take the win, Biff needed perhaps two. Steven opted for a regular special move, but Biff executed a wild Super Tiger Knee/Uppercut attack with Sagat in the last moment. This cut through Steven's attack, defeating Ken and winning the 2nd match, ending in an overall draw vs Zwartjes. Biff then took the Champions belt and held it up in the air.
Biff vs Zwartjes : The Movie was created on DVD as a result and although Sami had ideas to extend this into a feature length movie, it was realised that it wasn't possible so the idea was left. Rumours and plans of a later sequel in Norway were proposed but this never happened, instead some good prospects were available elsewhere.
Biff Part 2 : The Challenge in Paris
Biff's fame in Street Fighter Alpha 3 spread across Europe as 2006 ended. At one time, on entering a restaurant for John Barber's Birthday meal, the entire restaurant applauded and cheered when Biff burst through the doors. Several people including the waiters rushed up to get autographs as they couldn't believe that the man himself just entered their venue. It was before long that a new Challenge would approach Biff, but for now the crowds and friends were enjoying the celebrations.
Each year at the SMK Fun Cup there was a gathering of the best French SMK players including their Top Street Fighter players. In March 2007 they organised another meeting in Paris, inviting gamers from around Europe to the event. The French gamers, hearing of Biff's success vs Zwartjes, announced that they would like to Challenge Biff on Street Fighter Alpha 3. Biff, Sami and the British Team discussed this Challenge, and Biff soon after accepted. Biff then formed the British SMK and gamers Team into the official 'Team UK' and constantly used his famous line "I Feel no Way" as one of his favorite quotes when he had the willpower to achieve something. He would face untold skill in Paris with around 6 or 7 top Challengers and their final strongest member, Anthony Pichard in a final showdown. Biff's retraining of his defeated Fei-Long was to begin...
Biff, Sami, Tom, John and Neil met up on several occasions to train Biff's Fei-Long, both in matches and against the CPU. His skills gradually regained and he reached a level higher than before with extreme training methods. Additionally this same evening Biff broke the Karters and Elite record on being able to eat the most food in one meal which was 4 Large Doner Kebab Meat and Chips. As he left from his last night of training before the trip to Paris, Biff was Feeling no way despite not knowing how strong his opponents would be, and that he would emerge victorius vs his opponents in Paris.
The journey begun and Biff Part 2 was well into filming, which was to become a feature length sequel to Biff vs Zwartjes. The newly formed 'Team UK - Feel No Way' followed their original founder, Biff and made their way to Paris. Biff and Tom could not stop their Street Fighter rivalry as they continued a mini challenge on the Eurostar with their GBAs. On arrival at Paris, Biff met the French challengers who were very excited about the upcoming matches; and all exchanged looks at their rivals as they realised the battles to follow the next evening would be tough.
The following day a Football Match was organised between Biff's Team UK and Netherlands on one side, and the French/Swiss team on the other. It was a very close match; Biff managed to score an amazing volley from several yards on the far sideline 5 minutes after claiming that he had some 'Next Level Football skills coming up'. Biff's Team won the football narrowly at 7-6. Biff then decided to prove himself at driving, by driving one of the French SMK players' cars in reverse at high speed near the area of the venue. Biff was named 'The Incredible Biff' by the French gamers. Shortly after, they went on a city visit to Paris and the Eiffel Tower. John Barber provided some great photography in the city including that of Biff and the French Team's Alpha 3 Champion Anthony Pichard, later used for the Biff Part 2 DVD cover. At this stage the gamers were in deep discussion with mixed predictions over who would win the Street Fighter Alpha 3 Tournament between Biff and Anthony Pichard.
When the gamers arrived back at the venue for the big battle, Biff was really in Top form, sayin how he Felt no Way... No Way! The equipment was set up and the crowd gathered, cameras everywhere. British, Dutch, French and Swiss audience... Biff started the preliminary matches vs about 6 or 7 players using various characters, including a revival of Sagat. His first match he tested out his newly trained up Fei Long in which he made easy work of the first challenger. Some fought him well, but Biff had his henchness on his side and managed to defeat them one by one.
Anthony Pichard and Biff took their final seats, the crowd eagerly waited for the characters they would use. Anthony Pichard, an avid Ryu specialist went for Evil Ryu, Biff was deciding, then kept with his well trained Fei-Long, to revive him since his defeat against Zwartjes. This would be out of 5 rounds, and Biff wanted to attack.
The first round kicked off as the crowd cheered.... Biff pulled out well timed regular attacks followed up with combos as Anthony matched him with the same. Anthony then taunted him with some medium punches to make Biff jump so Anthony could use a fierce Dragon Punch; suddenly Anthony pulled out a super fireball at semi close range in an attempt to win the round; Biff knowing he didn't have time to avoid it with a regular jump, somehow pulled out a pixel perfect rising dragon that went through Anthony's fireball as the crowd cheered. Anthony made a few further attacks but a few regular kicks from Fei-Long managed to end the close but steady round. The crowd cheered as Biff lowered his head and took a breath of relief.
The second round was set to be an extreme battle. Anthony pushed harder this time and took the lead as both competitors lost near half their energy. As Biff was catching up again he made an error and Anthony caught him mid air with a super Hurricane Kick, the French crowd cheering loudly. Biff made further attacks to catch up again but then trouble struck as he was backed into the corner, all of the audience were cheering and gasping as both Fei-Long and Evil Ryu's health were going near zero. Biff however wsnt going to give up without a fight, they resorted to kicks; Biff desperately trying to attack to end the round but failing, followed by Anthony's further sweeps and dragon punches, then Biff's last moment medium low kick to win the 2nd round; the crowd went wild and Anthony acknowledged that he must have made Biff sweat at that round.
Round 3, the decider; and Anthony went with a combo of great attacks knocking Fei-Long to the floor. These included kicks, hard punches and then a fierce dragon punch. Fei-Long collapsed and Biff started to see how the fight was turning around, it was now or never. Biff then remembering what happened to Fei-Long last time when he faced Zwartjes and in order to win, he remembered his training and to 'Feel no Way'. Biff brought his Fei-Long back on his feet again, fighting his hardest, mixing up some defence and attack, blocking Evil Ryu's attacks and catching up with his own, eventually taking the lead a little once again. Biff decided to keep Evil Ryu in the air with lighter attacks to prevent him from using the Dragon punch and ground combos. This wore down Evil Ryu's energy and Anthony was struggling as his health came to 0. Biff had repeatedly hit him with medium and light kicks in the air, and now he was down. Biff sweeped him and Anthony blocked, then Biff went for a Rekka ken Special Move which cut through Anthony's character's remaining health, ending the round, match and Challenge! The crowds watching let out an almighty cheer as Biff rose his hand up for taking the win. Biff's smile the moment after the match ended was shot on camera by John Barber (see photo at top of profile). For the rest of the evening, the crowds described the atmosphere as comparable with that of a World Cup Final.
Following the match, further carnage took place that night that was also recorded for the Biff Part 2 DVD. Sami Cetin worked on the Editing himself and also created a Bonus Disc with the making, interviews and other fun additions. The Teaser Trailer was released 6 weeks before the movie release and was loved by its fans. 2 weeks before the film's release on DVD saw an Official Release Trailer. There was some discussion of a future sequel but as all the players because busier as the years went by, this was not possible.
Mario Kart DS showdown
Biff also had the opportunity to compete in an MKDS mini tourney during the International Fun Cup in Paris, March 2007 amongst his two British Team mates Sami Cetin and Tom Gaffikin and 3 French karters. Several tracks were selected for the races and Biff came 3rd place out of 6 players in the final standings.
Further Gaming Events
Later in 2007 Biff attended a games event held by Sami Cetin that had visitors from France, Netherlands and Norway. Street Fighter 3 : 3rd Strike was a popular game amongst the gamers at this time and Biff had the opportunity to face some of the French players once again, defeating many in some good matches despite limited time to play this version. Marius Hukkelaas from Norway however was on an excellent level and defeated Biff in a series of matches on the NTSC version of Street Fighter 3 : 3rd Strike.
In 2008, Biff attended a few gaming conventions in London along with Tom Gaffikin which featured several versions of Street Fighter. He challenged a Top French player on one of the SF2 Hyper Fighting versions and marginally lost after a good battle. Players there who watched claimed that they had seen few who could use Fei-Long as well as Biff did, despite the loss. Tom also participated in a few matches and spectated several others.
Street Fighter 4 and Super Mario Kart Tournament
In October 2009 saw Biff make a mini return to Tournaments. In London a gaming Tournament for European players was set up with some strong players of Netherlands Ireland and France attending along with a number of British gamers. There were two Super Mario Kart Tournaments in place, the Foundation Tournament of which Biff entered that day and was probably by speed the 5th fastest karter present in that Tournament. However on reaching the Semi-Final he used some good weapon tactics to reach the final vs Leyla Hasso. The Final was a first to 5 and although he was being out-driven by Leyla on each race, he managed to acquire 3 lightnings which brought him up to a 5-4 win and a Gold medal. Rumours have been circulating that Biff had discovered a button combination or technique to increase the successrate of triggering Lightnings in Super Mario Kart, which he later taught to Sami prior to the Super Mario Kart World Championship 2009, however this has yet to be confirmed.
Street Fighter 4 was the other Tournament that Biff entered he was well prepared with a few characters. The initial stage was a league with 2 groups, each player having 2 matches vs each person in their group. Biff unfortunately had a 2-0 loss in the league vs French rival Harold Christensen which cost him the 1st place seed for the later bracket. On qualifying however, Biff made easy work on the Quarter Final to then meet his old rival Tom Gaffikin in the Semi-Final. Tom, having had a lot of experience on Xbox live matches vs very strong players had developed a powerful Ryu which gave Biff's M.Bison a difficult struggle. Although a few rounds Biff fought well, nerves took over and he lost his focus on the last few matches so he lost at 4-2 vs Tom. Patrick Wessels (Netherlands) avoided Biff in the bracket and defeated Harold to reach the final vs Tom, which Tom won with a comfortable 5-1 win. Biff had still the 3rd place match to do, which was a chance for Bronze medal; this was vs Harold Christensen who earlier beat him 2-0 in a close bout in the league stage. Biff struggled a little at first but then regained his focus defeating Harold 4-2 to reach a Bronze medal.
In reflection, had Biff reached the Top seed he would have been able to face his old rival Tom in the final and he believed he could have performed better on the day. He did however not use any other special characters that he had saved up, but stated that they were for "next time". The day after, as Patrick and Biff had not faced in the Tournament, but Patrick was the Silver medallist, they decided to set up an exhibition match to see what would have happened had they faced in the Tournament. They agreed on a first to 5; Patrick's timing with Ken was very good, Biff brought his M.Bison out and was in better form than the Tournament; after a few slips he brought out a comfortable win of 5-2. They also competed in some friendly matches on Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix which resulted in a 10-3 win for Biff. A future Tournament in HD remix has been discussed but there are no concrete plans as of yet. The other game at the Tournament was PES2009 which had a lot of competitiors, and a grand total points table of the 3 games was drawn up. Biff achieved a 3rd place trophy as he accumulated a lot of points on Street Fighter 4 and SMK and was also the highest scoring player who only entered 2 game Tournaments that day.
Super Street Fighter 4 Challenges vs Tom Gaffikin
In 2011 and 2012 Biff took part in some Super Street Fighter 4 challenges vs his long time rival Tom Gaffikin. He struggled in 2011 only winning one match, coming close in another but losing significantly in the rest.
An exhibition rematch was set up for 2012 and Biff entered as Ryu and Dudley initially. He managed to win a match as Dudley and also switched to Fei-Long where he won a match and lost a match. This marked the first time Biff was able to defeat Tom in a Street Fighter game with Fei-Long that wasn't in Street Fighter Alpha 3. The overall result was a 5-2 win for Tom Gaffikin, although the rounds were very clos, and Biff felt that he gained more confidence following this match.
SMK Tower European Gamer's Tournament November 2013
Biff entered competition on Street Fighter games vs rivals from the UK and Europe on Saturday 30th November 2013 in SMK Tower, South London. The Tournaments took place in 3 games; Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Street Fighter II : HD Remix and lastly Super Street Fighter IV : Arcade Edition. The ranking was an overall result on points combining the three games together. Biff placed in 1st in the Final on Street Fighter Alpha 3 vs Patrick Wessels. He also landed 1st in the Final on Street Fighter II HD Remix vs Patrick Wessels and placed 4th in Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition after a close bout between the top 4. He won the overall on points and an Oscar for his gaming skills.
Biff and Philosophy
Biff also became a Philosopher of a unique kind by coming up with his own methodologies, reasoning and problem solving strategies. This has over the years helped him to win his battles, and generally Feel no Way. Several Legendary 'Biff' Quotes have been documented and are honoured by many in the UK and abroad.
Jonathan Sifleet's Multiplayer and Tournament Achievements
Biff's Other Crazy Achievements
- Holds the Gamer's Record for eating the most food in one meal; 4 large mixed kebabs!! (Briefly seen on Biff Part II : The Challenge in Paris)
- Ate a McChicken Premiere at McDonalds in one Mouthful in 2002.
- Claims to have been able to reach near 40mph down the spiral ramp of a Multistory carpark.
- Holds the land speed record for South London to Folkestone.
- Previously attended a gym, but got so Hench that he was asked to leave.
- Discovered a rare DKC glitch
- While playing GTA3, proved that he could tip over a train in the game when no one believed it possible.
- Once managed to turn Coca Cola that had gone flat, to become fizzy again.
- Skilled in repairing PS2 consoles, regardless of the level of damage.
- Once developed a prototype of his own console, known as the "Biffcast"
- Says that when he is driving a car, he can go so fast that he goes forward in time.
- Claims that if there was an apocalypse, that he could survive it.
The Future of Biff?
In the recent days, Biff plays XBox 360 casually, testing out various games just for fun. Although he is semi-retired from competitive gaming, he does occasionally participate online on Street Fighter 2 HD Remix and the new Street Fighter 4. Biff's future gaming plans are currently unknown.
He once proposed that he would release a Hardback Copy of his Autobiography ('I Merked Crime... The Autobiography of Jonathan "Biff" Sifleet') when he reaches about 40. Biff continues to be an out and out Legend and a man of immense power. He is a credit and an iconic figure to the Gamers of the UK for his ability to rise to the occasion vs some of the best gamers around the Globe. It has always been known that if one ever has a problem, small or large, Biff will always have the answer regardless of how impossible it may seem...