Robert Whittaker represents Australia in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as our brightest MMA prospect. In less than five weeks, on May 10th, live at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Whittaker will be co-main eventing UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs Hunt against #15 ranked middleweight Brad Tavares. So…why wouldn’t I take him on in a fight, right? Not a real fight, don’t be silly…in Mortal Kombat X!
I was brought in specifically as Rob’s virtual training partner, an integral part of his training camp for May 10 (grand delusions). In all seriousness, Rob is a legitimate gamer, and proved it multiple times throughout the session. His Ninjutsu Scorpion is brutal – whom he claims is overpowered mister Ed Boon et al – but his main is good ol’ Sub-Zero. Claiming no one had beaten him yet when he chooses Subby, I stepped up to the task, defeating him with the Lin Kuei master’s prior mentioned arch-rival. We went on to trade victories, although he came out on top more than not, I’ll be honest. That damn teleporting, katana wielding wraith…ahem, I’m not bitter. Not at all.
You’d also think trash-talking a mixed martial artist 20kgs heavier than you is a bad idea, but I escaped unscathed. It was a fun gaming session in which we shared some laughs, some intense, nail-biting moments and, of course, fatalities galore. Thanks to Warner Bros. Games Australia for facilitating it. Rob is a genuine, Aussie-raised bloke and we wish him all the best in his upcoming fight. You best believe he will be tearing it up online once Mortal Kombat X launches for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, nationwide, on April 15. Who says fight camps have to be all work and no play? Keep an eye out for our review of MKX in the coming week or so, and check out the recently released launch trailer, edited by System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian to a new cut of “Chop Suey!”