Liu Kang didn't really die in MK9 because the winner of Mortal Kombat is immortal until the next official Mortal Kombat tournament, or am I missing something...
hmmm you're right, there was no 3rd tournament.... it was just an invasion so that part doesn't really count and...
" The Grand Champion him/herself is granted stunted ageing and immortality until the next tournament."
The possibility of a rogue liu kang final boss (in story mode) is pretty high.... then again he could be an unlockable secret saviour/rogue liu kang who is the character who saves the day at the very end. (much higher possibility)
So just out of curiosity does anyone think that there might only be 1 tournament in MKX... Considering this will mostly be about outworld and not earthrealm..... 25 years build up for 1 tournament seems hyped enough!
It was created by the Elder Gods as a way for other realms to defend themselves against Outworld after it grew too powerful.