While lurking on the forums over at Sherdog.com, I found this one thread that intrigued me enough to click on it (much like you have been intrigued enough to click on this story). The thread led me to this trailer for a release from Midway (makers of the Mortal Kombat series) that never happened for a game called “This is Vegas.”
The game, that was supposed to be released in May 2009 before Midway went down the toilet, seems like your average day in Las Vegas, spent gambling, partying, racing and beating things up. At the 0:36 mark of the above video, you get a glimpse of some of the action and this is not your typical GTA beatdown of a pimp. No sir, you see our in-game protagonist dons shorts and the 4 oz. gloves and heads into a cage for an MMA fight.
How good of a simulation this was considering that this MMA aspect is just a mini-game, we will never know. UFC Undisputed 2009 had only just come out and GTA had not even released their expansion for “Liberty City Stories” with their MMA mini-game. Chances are it was nothing spectacular and probably just all stand-up, but hey, we can speculate for ages on a game that will never exist so for the sake of nerdom, let’s just say that this could have been the greatest MMA sim of all time but “the man” put it down! But on the plus side, we still have UFC Undisputed 2010 to look forward to and EA MMA too!