tbh this all comes down to who's stronger and more skilled. Liu kang has defeated ppl who's far more experience so there is that but who's stronger exactly? Both don't have any real hax to end each other afaik
A beatened Ryu was like Baseline 7-B iirc since when he got his ass handed to him by Bison in alpha he used his body to nuke an entire city, and Liu Lang scales from Raiden who’s 12 megatons according to Schnee soooo, they might be on equal levels here?
Ryu have a Mind's Eye in order to block Liu attacks and counter with his own multi hit moves; so what about that? I think that a defensive tecnique like that can give Ryu an advantage over Liu who most of the time starts with hand to hand combat rather than projectiles
Theglassman12 wrote: @Shisui I only recall him fighting Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, and Shinnok for the main games like once or twice unless I'm missing some other characters from an extended canon.
Shang Tsung, probably the best sorcerer in the verse lost to him over 5 times.. In Mk 3 he was amped by Shao Khan and still lost.
Beat Shao Khan repeatedly as well, In the Original Timeline it was revealed in Mk Deception that him and Raiden were of the same race making him a Demi-God. In the New Timeline it is implied he gained powers from Onaga, (and yet still loses).
Then he beats Shinok, a fallen Eldergod in Mk4.
In Deadly Alliance it takes both of the strongest sorcerers in the show to ambush him while he is meditating. Both sorcerers being over hundreds of years old and feared among all realms had to ambush this man by pretending to be one of his closest friends instead of just rushing him.
That in itself shows that they were very pre-causious in even being in his presence.
If an experience stomp were actually a thing, this would be a prime example.
Also this dude was trained by Bo' Rai Cho, a master martial artist who has trained many fighters before him and even introduced several ancient fighting styles to Earthrealm. IIRC Bo collaborated with a legendary Japanese martial artist to create Jojutsu, which he is very skilled in