PDP's Inaugural Mortal Kombat 9 Gamers Tourney recently wrapped up in Las Vegas, and one of the two finalists (as well as eventual winner) is no stranger to anyone with even a passing familiarity with the pro-fighting scene. Justin Wong's Kung Lao was able to fend off Arie "Floe" Weintraub's Ermac in a best 4 out of 7 match-up, nabbing the $10,000 first prize check.

I've always wanted to enjoy games like Street Fighter but find today’s iterations to be far too complicated -- despite all the attempts at making recent entries “approachable”. That's why I've embraced the new Mortal Kombat, as it doesn’t require 10+ years of practice with similar titles to be able to stand one’s ground. So, I'm glad to see that there's already a tournament set-up for the thing. Though I hope next year’s has better commentators; Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler these two are not.

It's also worth noting that Justin appears to be in far better spirits here than the one clip that most know him from. I'm speaking of his infamous final moments against Daigo Umehara from EVO 2004. Back to MK9's place in the grand scheme of fighters; hopefully it'll find a similar reception at this year's EVO, or at least be popular enough to warrant something along the lines of this other classic clip.

[Via Destructoid]