Given that you run the risk of sustaining serious injury or being charged with assault, picking a fight with somebody on the street is generally a bad idea. This has always been true.
Today, when MMA is such a popular sport, it’s truer than ever. Thanks to the popularity of MMA, more and more people are training in the martial arts, and at a glance, you really have no way of knowing who does and who doesn’t. By picking a fight with a stranger in the year 2016, you’re effectively playing a game of Russian roulette. Though its far from a certainty, there’s a good chance you’re picking a fight with a trained fighter. Doing that, of course, is not likely to go well for you.
For evidence of what happens when somebody without any training takes on an trained fighter, watch the video at the top of this post. The video shows a shirtless man – who appears to be drunk – starting a fight with a much larger man. This larger man happens to be John Hernholm, a security guard by day, and a fighter with aa 5-0 amateur record by night. Unsurprisingly, Hernholm dispatches of his drunk foe with great haste and effortlessness.
Our bumbling drunk feints with a poorly executed jab, then dives into Hernholm’s range with a winging haymaker. Hernholm slips this ugly punch, and counters with a short right hand. The drunk goes down, and Hernholm ties him up on the ground, restraining him so that he does not need to be embarrassed any further. The crowd of debauchers and merrymakers watching on erupt into cheers of “World Star!” You know how it goes.
What do you think of this one-sided street fight? Was Hernholm wrong to engage his clearly untrained foe? Sound off in the comments, PENN Nation!