Here are some “real” fights by presumably mostly untrained fighters:

Unbelievable hockey fights – goes on and on. Really unbelievable. There is a hip throw toward the end. Any groundfighting caught in the tape is mostly stopped quickly. One funny comment on youtube: “prefight dialog: oh you have no brain either? Then let’s fight!”

I had mentioned earlier that a lot of Jerry Springer’s “real” fights are much more exciting than a lot of modern mma matches that are supposed to be “real”. Someone compiled some highlights:

Jerry Springer uncut

What is the commonality here other than the funny comment about no brain and the ridiculousness of it all? Even though these aren’t “street fights” and there are people there to (at least attempt to) break them up quickly, the prevalence of “dirty boxing” as the main technique and the clinch as the main range is still interesting. Mma students already know the clinch as a key range; neijia enthusiasts and people looking to learn some basic self-defense, maybe, maybe not. It’s good to take a look at some of these and some of the various street fight videos (great Slate article with links to, and commentary on, Youtube street fights) to understand some of the common patterns one’s self defense skills should help to address. The gist of the Slate reporter’s finding is basically – hitting first is advisable. The “real” fights end quickly after that. Basically a xingyiquan kind of approach. Not really the same as the aforementioned dirty boxing approach. Hmm…