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No normal, rational person thinks they can swim faster than an Olympic swimmer, or play chess better than a master. However, there is an unceasing stream of incompetent unfortunates who dojo storm fight gyms, challenging professionals to fight.
Here is a scientific chart of the phenomenon.
In the video below, two men are about to fight in a training cage. Both appear to be middleweights. That is to say, the one with MMA training looks to weigh about 185, while the other, a self-described redneck, looks to have all his weight in his middle.
The fighter is wearing competition-sized MMA gloves, fight shorts, and a knee brace; he knows what he's doing. The redneck is wearing oversized swim trunks, and is bending over; perhaps he's having flashbacks to his high school football days.
A voice off camera asks, "What's the rules guys, are we punching, are we kicking?"
The redneck replies, "I don't a f*** what you do, brah."
The two touch glove to fist, and the redneck tries to engage in conversation. Maybe it's an attempt to set up a sucker punch. Maybe he's a few colors short of a rainbow.
The fighter explains, "We'll talk after this, alright?"
The round is announced at one minute in length, likely in deference to the redneck's round shape. It's on!
The redneck drops his hands, wiggles his arms in what he presumably believes to be a threatening fashion, moves in a circle, and talks. The fighter kicks him in the face. Then the fighter kicks him in the body, and the redneck falls over. There is no love in these gloves, and after some seconds of punching, knees, a mat return, more punching, and a guillotine choke, the redneck is literally fast asleep, although not before distinguishing himself by attempting to escape the choke via an eye gouge.
The fighter throws a glancing shot at his prone opponent, apparently because of the cheap gouge try, and the scene closes.
1. See above pie chart.
2. The gouge attempt is illuminating.
Eye pokes occupy a prominent position in arguments for the efficacy of silly martial arts - "Bro, MMA doesn't allow eye gouges, my White Eyebrow system specializes in them so don't compare; MMA is for the cage, but on the street, White Eyebrow is far better."
That argument is stupid.
It's hard to land a jab on a face, never mind the tiny ends of the fingers on tiny eyes. The effect is rarely as devastating as it is assumed to be in Passing Wind technique, part B. If a fight descends into eye pokes, who would you rather be, the guy who can pin his opponent and do whatever he wants, or the guy who is so busy with fantasies about eye pokes that he doesn't know how to stop a basic takedown? And who in the self-defense community has done more actual eye pokes than say, Jon Jones?