I’ve been training since I was 16, mid 30s now. Been in a fair few fights when I was younger.
When I was 24 I got into an avoidable fight with a drunken acquaintance outside a pub – he was threatening one of my close friends, I told him to back off and he turned on me and I essentially agreed to fight him.
He was terrible, no skill what so ever. Throwing wild haymakers I would slip and counter then disengage to outside of the pocket. Then kind of rinse and repeat.
My ego got the better of me and I started to fuck around – spinning shit, backfists etc.
He was getting very frustrated that he couldn’t hit me and was being toyed with. Tackled me onto the hood of a car, and started bouncing my head between fist and bonnet. Last thing I remember is someone saying “get him off my car!”
He ended up KOing me, lifted me up when the person yelled at him, I was out on my feet, he hit me one more time and I fell backwards hitting my head on the gutter.
I woke up lying in a massive pool of blood (from head to toe, I noticed because my socks were wet with it and when I lifted my hand up my arm was completely red) with friends around me and my girlfriend holding a towel to my head, being told to not move and an ambulance was coming.
Started having a fit in the ambulance, was experiencing blood loss from the hole in my skull. Began fearing I was going to die. At the hospital I don’t remember much except lots of people rushing around me, doing things to me, being shoved into machines, crying because I thought I was going to die. Had surgery, woke up days later.
I spent a while in hospital – I fractured my skull, had a hematoma on my brain, and could’ve easily died that night all because of a stupid fight that could’ve been avoided.
Three months later the guy I fought with had a beef with me because the cops were pressing charges, he paid some guys to do a home invasion with baseball bats on my house while I was asleep. Luckily my dog helped me scare them off.
I spent years w PTSD from the two events, still trained which helped me process it all and am a much better person today because of it. Haven’t been in a fight since.
Don’t fight on the street, it’s way too easy to die even if you’re trained.
If you HAVE to fight, don’t fuck around because you’re better than your opponent.
Fights don’t always end when the fight ends.