More than 65,000 online viewers tuned in to witness the conclusion of a second big year of Mortal Kombat at the Las Vegas Evo Championships. For those who did it in 2011, scenes of deja vu must have set in as Perfect Legend Carl White secured a successful defense of the Evo World Championship he won in 2011, defeating CD Jr in a confident 3-1 Grand Final victory!

Perfect Legend was absent from the 2012 Evo Series tournaments that CD Jr dominated early in the year. The pair recently met in the rival Pro Circuit series, finalists at June's MLG Spring Championship -- where CD Jr suffered one of his few major defeats of the year. The Evo 2012 rematch earned Perfect Legend a majority share of the $23,000 prize purse for the MK field. He was the only 2011 finalist to return to the top eight.

CD Jr didn't walk away empty handed, and is reported to be featured in a documentary filmed at the event by Mortal Kombat parent company, Warner Brothers. Tournament winner, Perfect Legend, spoke to Gamespot shortly after the event, in his own interview spotlight:

A diverse range of characters were represented by an equally interesting gallery of tournament rogues. A US dominated field was broken by A f0xy Grampa of the UK, who finished equal 13th. Also present in the final sixteen, the other brothers of the well known Dominican trio, Crazy Dominican (13th) and Maxter (9th).

VSM REO was a shock exit early in the tournament, failing to make the final sixteen. REO played second to CD Jr throughout the Road to Evo, before charging ahead to finish top seed with 185pts. REO earned title victories at Final Round XV, Toryuken 2012, CEO 2012 and was Runner-Up at Winter Brawl VI.

Xblades (5th) made waves in the early stages, bumping CD Jr into the losers bracket in a shock result, before losing out in a relegation rematch. Pig of the Hut (3rd) put Xblades in the losers bracket in an impressive performance, delivering a zoning Kenshi able to quash a threat scare, before dominating game 2 to a fatality. Pig was shunted into a CD Jr losers bracket rempage by an exciting three-match tie with Perfect Legend. Hut demolished Legend's Kung Lao with a surprisingly deft Mileena, but the Champion was able to get a read in the final rubber, responding on the Rooftop stage with skill.

Winners Bracket Semi Final:
Pig of the Hut (Kenshi) d. EGP XBlades (Liu Kang) 2-0 2-0 2-0
EMP|KN Perfect Legend (Kung Lao) d. CoCo Forever King (Sonya, Kung Lao) 2-0 2-0 2-0

Top 8 Losers Bracket Rounds 1-3:
vVv|NOS CD Jr (Kabal) d. CoCo m2dave (Freddy) 2-0 2-1 2-1
IGL MIT (Johnny Cage) d. EGP Tyrant (Jax) 2-0 2-0 2-0
vVv|NOS CD Jr (Jax, Kabal) d. EGP XBlades (Liu Kang) 2-1 2-0 1-2 2-0
IGL MIT (Johnny Cage, Reptile) d. CoCo Forever King (Sonya, Kenshi) 2-1 2-0 0-2 2-0
vVv|NOS CD Jr (Kabal) d. IGL MIT (Scorpion, Stryker) 2-0 2-0 2-0

Winners & Losers Bracket Final:
EMP|KN Perfect Legend (Kung Lao) d. Pig of the Hut (Mileena) 2-1 0-2 2-0 2-0
vVv|NOS CD Jr (Kabal) d. Pig of the Hut (Mileena, Kenshi) 2-1 2-0 1-2 2-1

2012 Evo Championship Grand Final:
EMP|KN Perfect Legend (Kung Lao) d. vVv|NOS CD Jr (Rain, Kabal) 3-1 2-0 2-0 1-2 2-0

vVv|NOS CD Jr battles EMP|KN Perfect Legend in the Evo Championship Grand Final!

CD Jr surprised many by avoiding the perfect match of his Jax against PL's tried and true Kung Lao. Rain proved ineffective in the Living Forest, dazed and confused by fast-paced teleports that continued throughout the match.

Fighting to the finish in the appropriate arena of Kahn's Koliseum, Kabal delivers CD Jr to a promising third match win. Hard style corner pressure was able to minimize the impact of a Kung Lao that had his way with the screen. Alas; in the fourth game, the same could not be said. Perfect Legend rises to become one for the record books -- a back-to-back champion of Mortal Kombat, 2011 and 2012!

2012 Evo Championship Final Top Sixteen:
1. EPM|KN Perfect Legend (Kung Lao)
2. vVv|NOS CD Jr. (Kabal, Jax, Rain)
3. Pig of the Hut (Kenshi, Mileena)
4. IGL MIT (Johnny Cage, Reptile, Scorpion, Stryker)
5. EGP XBlades (Liu Kang)
5. CoCo FOREVER KING (Kung Lao, Sonya, Kenshi)
7. EGP Tyrant (Jax)
7. CoCo m2dave (Freddy Krueger)
9. EGP KrayzieBone (Cyrax)
9. CURBOLICOUS (Johnny Cage)
9. VSM Maxter (Cyrax, Johnny Cage)
9. KN DetroitBalln'313 (Kabal, Smoke)
13. A F0xy Grampa (Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Rain)
13. GGA Osu16bit (Kitana)
13. KN Crazy Dominican (Skarlet)
13. EGP PBoardPlayer (Kung Lao)

This concludes the 2012 Evo Championship Series!
The Mortal Kombat tournament action continues in August, as New York City plays host to the MLG Summer Fighter Arena event! Perfect Legend, CD Jr, Pig of the Hut and many more are expected to feature in the Pro Circuit Summer Season event, vying for a $3,400 prize purse.

The Major League Gaming Summer Season concludes August 24-26 in Raleigh, North Carolina with the seasonal MLG Summer Championships. Back in March, we talked to Perfect Legend about his future at Evo and the arrival of MK in the MLG eSports line-up - relive the interview! Hone your skills and discuss all the Road to Evo events in the Gameplay & Matchmaking forum!