Last night I switched my order from the Tournament Edition to Kollector's edition (360), and added the standard PS3 version to my order. Already have two dual modded MadCatz TE sticks, and one has a panel replacement with the MK layout. I'm not really sure I could play with Happ parts anymore anyway. Too used to Sanwa. This MadCatz MK panel layout looks funky as shit, but I'll probably pick one up and give it a shot.
It would need some heavy modification unless the top panel is 1/2" thick or less. Sanwa screw-ins aren't very long, unlike Happ buttons that are made for wood panels. And changing the joystick to a Sanwa JLF would require the same treatment (milling/routing out material from the bottom of the top, wooden panel). Totally possible, but not for everyone.
Nice find! I was wondering how they got around the licensing issue, but I guess not having anything Mortal Kombat related on it and spelling "Combat" with a "C" takes care of that.
So if there is no run button in the new MK, why even keep the old run button in the same place? Seems like a straight or curved 6-button layout would be fine. Of course, playing UMK3 is a different story...