Street fights don’t always go as planned when you are dealing with an MMA Fighter!
I bet these guys felt stupid as all hell after they got their teeth kicked in by this guy!
Why are MMA Fighters Good at Street Fights?
In general, although an MMA fighter brings real skills and valuable conditioning to a fight, some of that is negated by the fact that he trains for very specific circumstances that are not in place outside of the octagon or the ring:
1) He trains to focus on one, and only one opponent. And his strategies and tactics are developed with one and only one opponent in mind.
2) He trains to compete with rules developed to enhance safety and competition. Thus he trains to face opponents who are prohibited from, and will generally refrain from, downward elbows; strikes to the spine, neck, back of the head, kidneys, throat, groin; small-joint manipulation; piledrivers and similar moves; headbutting; no kicks, knees, or stomps to a fighter on the ground, etc.
3) He trains with the idea that a ref will save him if the shit hits the fan. This means a fighter more willing to take risks in attacks and counters that he might not if he knows nobody will save him. But if he reflexively uses such moves in a real fight? That could spell trouble.
Do I think MMA fighters intellectually know this, and know how to adjust their games to compensate? In general, I’d say the majority do. But they don’t train that way, and so that’s not how they fight, reflexively.