My First STREET Fight – Part II

So this is a continuation of the story about my first street fight…

If you haven’t read that one – go check it out here:

In Part II, I’m going to share with you the one story that makes me really urge you to do 2 things:

a) Do your absolute best to avoid street fights if at all possible

b) Train to be able to defend yourself if you have to

Here’s why:

So my buddy Pete (the hot-headed Italian guy and instigator of my fight) was out with some other friends (I wasn’t there that night).

Unlike last time, Pete wasn’t drinking.

At this particular bar, the upstairs is basically split into 2 different bars and separated by a small room where you can either go to the other bar or go down the stairs.

Pete was walking from one bar to get to the next and as he was passing by, he got bumped by some guy.

(Probably) because he wasn’t drinking, Pete apologized to the guy and tried to walk past him to get where he was going.

But the other guy was having none of it and stood in his way with (what Pete described later as) a menacing look in his eye.

Pete said, "Hey man I don’t want to fight" and put his hands up in a submissive type position but it seemed like this guy already knew what he wanted to do.

Without provocation he hit Pete and then another guy (an accomplice) smashed a beer bottle and slashed at Pete’s face, cutting him on the forehead just above the eye.

After this the 2 thugs ran away never to be seen again.

Pete was bleeding pretty bad but was extremely lucky that he didn’t lose his eye or get slashed on the neck.

He got quite a few stitches and still has the scar from this vicious attack.

Talking to the cops apparently these guys were going around the city attacking people randomly in bars.

Now I do have a main reason why I’ve shared this with you…

I get so many questions about the ‘mental game’ when it comes to MMA… How to deal with nerves, how to relax, etc etc.

The best advice I’ve ever heard came when I asked Claude Patrick about the mental game.

He basically told me, "When you step in the cage, you know you’re going to come out alive. Sure you might get some bumps and bruises but it’s not like fighting in the street, so there’s absolutely nothing to be nervous about. You go in, do your thing and the best man will leave the winner." 

If you know Claude you can see that he obviously didn’t say this verbatim but to try to quote him from memory is next to impossible. 🙂

MMA is a sport and like all sports is meant to be fun – it’s not about proving anything to anybody – it’s about testing yourself and seeing how far you can develop your skills and grow as a martial artist and ultimately a human being.

If your goal is to make money doing it that’s totally cool, but just like any other business, you need to leave emotion out of it and go in and do your job.

Fear and nerves will not serve you so are best left outside the cage.

And as I said above, the secondary point I wanted to make was to share this story to

a) Motivate you to avoid street fights if at all possible and if it’s not possible

b) Train and learn skills to defend yourself

Pete unfortunately had no skills in the martial arts or self-defense at all. If he had, the outcome may have been different.

MMA is a great sport to train to learn to defend yourself.

But because it is a sport, lots can go down in the street that MMA may never prepare you for.

I mentioned before the book by my friend (and ex-military) Jeff Anderson called ‘Street Fighting Uncaged‘.

I’ve read through this book and it’s full of things you’ll never learn training MMA like eye-gouges, headbutts and using pressure points.

Brutal, I know and luckily, I don’t see myself ever having to use these techniques because of the area that I live in – but I still know them ‘just in case’.

I’ll admit I have shown some of these techniques to my fiancee, because she’s got no intention of training martial arts but I still want her to know a few things ‘just in case’.

If you live in an area that’s a little sketchy where you may find yourself in a situation you can’t avoid, these techniques might prove to be very valuable on top of your MMA training.

If you have a loved one you know would benefit from some real-world self-defense techniques, share it with them.

Or if you don’t have any martial arts skills, then this book will give you a crash course in self-defense and I do recommend you check it out.

Street Fighting Uncaged by Jeff Anderson.

Be safe my friends!

– Eric



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10 years ago

MMA prohibits the exact kinds of strikes and attacks that most street fighters make their bread and butter (assuming it’s a life-or-death fight). If you want to train for self-defense instead of sport, you need to train SIMPLE movements that execute evasion and vicious attacks to the point that the movements become programmed into your subconscious. Because in a real fight there is never enough time to remember or plan, you are at the mercy of whatever you have trained yourself to do reflexively. Real fighting happens faster than you can see, and often people never see the punch or kick that knocks them out or breaks a rib or hits their nuts. Whatever you do, don’t pull guard! 😀

john d
john d
10 years ago

I live in the UK and in a small town. We have had an uncontrolled influx of immigrants and a rise in random assaults, whether the two are linked I wouldn’t like to say. But the use of knives, at one time unheard of, has now become no longer unusual. I just wonder what Jonathan calls a “good fight”. How about two baby faced kids, 16 and 18, beating up a young drunken addict, a pretty sad character, pouring vodka on him, and setting it alight? He jumped in the river, to put himself out, and not being a good swimmer, drowned. Trouble is, I’m an old guy, remember better times, these kind of people are taking over the streets. They are worthless, and deserve nothing, no human rights, no right to vote, they should be disenfranchised from citizenship, whatever. As you may have gathered, I hate the bastards!

10 years ago

i love a good fight

10 years ago

Oh and twice I have come out of situations with glass injuries, once through the side of my knee and another time my shoulder as an offender came over the top of the guy I was dealing with.

10 years ago

I have always looked for the path of least resistance when it comes to a situation that could be violent. Be polite backup, do anything to avoid the fight….and when this doesn’t work, do everything to finish it quickly.

Being in Security I avoided most major situations by shutting down the trouble maker in seconds, the rear naked choke from standing position is a very effective tool. Get to the rear corner of your offender and you have the strategic advantage.

Yael Grauer
10 years ago

My exboyfriend got killed in a bar fight.

10 years ago

Claude Patrick kicks ass, straight up from the street to the cage, never count out a good street-fighter. two different worlds. two different ways to fight. you cant use streetfighting in the cage and you dont want to go to the ground in the street, but man when you have both, you are very dangerous. “first fight with your head, then fight with your heart”


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