Well... He won that phase, anyway. Then Szayel decided to pull out that LOL I'M COMPLETELY INVINCIBLE abilities.
I mean, seriously, what the fuck was up with that anyway?
The guy's rank fucking eight, and he can turn off everyone's skills at will, clone people, use those little voodoo doll things... oh yeah, and he has self-res.
How the hell did anyone ever beat him to kick him out of the espada way back when in the first place?