Recently I watched a ton of street fighting videos posted on Youtube. Almost all of these were tough guys duking it out man to man, to see who is tougher.
It's very easy to criticize these people and say that they are unskilled and suck at fighting.
However if you really think about it, you and your opponent are probably going to fight more like these guys than you are the current UFC stars.
There is a lot that one can learn from these street fighting videos if your willing to learn.
I saw a lot of things some of these people did right that helped them in the fight. I'm going to list them because if they can do it, chances are we might be able to do it too.
1. Arms up guarding the head.
2. Staying outside the pocket. The pocket is the danger zone.
3. Staying composed and not rushing in.
4. Not throwing everything into a punch until the right moment.
5. Grab, pull them in and knee strike.
6. Using the knee to pin their opponent on the ground.
7. Kicking the face of a downed opponent.
8. Controlling the opponent by grabbing some clothes or hair.
I also saw many things that they could improve upon. One of the main things had to do with endurance. Many of these people probably don't exercise on a regular basis, they probably have bad diets and smoke. If that's not bad enough, I didn't see them watch their breathing. Most of them didn't conserve their energy until they were already super tired.
Endurance is a big thing. There is really no doubt in my mind why conditioning is so important in the military and in sport.
Most of them threw wild swinging punches. As a result many of them ended up too close, losing their balance and they ended up wrestling. Most of these fights went to the ground. Nobody knew how to properly do a submission.
So I say learn how to punch with form, and learn how to stick to the form under pressure. Learn how to keep the distance while striking. Learn submissions.
When standing 99% of the time I saw only punches. Maybe an occasional knee once there was some grabbing. On the ground punching by far was the popular choice with a few knees thrown in, and on a very rare case an elbow or kick.
I recommend that you learn how to use all your weapons(kicks, punches, knees, elbows, headbutts) in stand up and on the ground.
Last but not least I really didn't see much defense other than turn around and turtle up. It seemed like if you were to try and defend in these fights, you will be run over so I don't blame these people for not having defense. However I think defense is important and I recommend that you develop it enough so that it becomes usable in a street fight.