In a recent debate between an a.net member and I, one of them proudly stated that "since I work out, I could kick the ass of anyone who didn't." (or something stupid to that effect) In my opinion, this is the dumbest statement since BigPhilNYC claiming he wasn't totally obsessed with shafts. In a normal street or bar fight, strength factors into basically nothing at all. Not only that, but too much in terms of muscles limits your range of motion and the actual speed of the punch. The only advantage to being "in shape" in an actual fight is not having a beer gut to get hit. In most cases, its not like the WWF where you have the chance to pick someone up and throw them somewhere. The only things that matter in one of these fights are:
-technique: can you throw a punch without leaving yourself completely open for a counterpunch?
-toughness: if you get hit and it hurts and/or bleeds, do you go down faster than AA61hvy playing hide the sausage with KROC, or does getting hit just make you more pissed off and make you want to fight harder?
-size: obviously someone who is 6'3" is going to have a reach advantage over someone who is 5'8".
-level of intoxication: is the guy feeling no pain because of his nine beers? Or is his 15 beers making him just one giant sloppy mess?
In my opinion, unless you are a genuine fat fuck, endurance doesn't often come into play. Fights usually end as quickly as they begin, and you're usually not going to see two guys standing in throwing on each other for more than a minute. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to go start a fight with a professional body builder, but I wouldn't be afraid of someone who was near my size and claimed to lift weights. Hell, I don't even want to start fights, period. Fighting isn't fun at all.
Just my thoughts on the whole thing, and yes, I have been involved in a couple of these drunken fights since I've been at college. Luckily, I've been able to stay out of the center though. The bottom line is, body builders, quit thinking you're tough shit, when in fact, a lot more comes into play then the fact that "I can bench 350 lbs."
America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!