According to all those that cast their votes in the Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris real fight scenario, it’s a lopsided win for one of the fighters. A few people gave some pretty good resons why they felt their guy would win.
In the post Who Would Win In A Real Fight…Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris? I showed you 2 videos, one of each fighter to help you make a decision. I’d like to bring up a few of things before I tell you who the winner would be.
First of all we have to look at the question “who would win in a REAL fight?” I’m not talking about a fight in the ring, but a real street fight. Second, the videos showed each one fighting in a controlled situation.
Next, there are some things that most of you don’t know about the fighters. Let’s take a look at some of those things. We’ll start with height and weight, the tale of the tapes so to speak.
Bruce Lee Chuck Norris
Height: 5 feet 7 inches Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 140 pounds Weight: 170-180
If you search the Internet you can find sources that say Chuck is 5’10”. I was around him a fair amount and even had the privilege of doing some demonstrations with him. To say he is 5′ 10″ is fudging it a bit. I’m confident to go with the 5′ 9″ measurement.
As for the weight I’d have to say 170 pounds might be his weight now. In his prime, I’d estimate his weight at closer to 180 pounds. Back in the day Chuck was a thick barrel-chested very strong guy. Since I never met Bruce all I can do is to go with what I’ve read. Facts seem to support him being a wire strong 135-140.
Mental Make Up And Other Attributes
Bruce Lee-Great thinker and strategist with outstanding physical conditioning. Lighting fast, and packed a powerful punch for his size. Studied several different martial arts as well as grappling before developing Jeet Kune Do.
Chuck Norris-Let me say this about Chuck since I was well acquainted with him. He was always a gentleman and genuinely a nice guy outside the ring. He had an iron will as a fighter with a refuse to lose attitude.
Chuck was VERY strong and powerful. I once saw him knock down a good sized guy with a sidekick while the guy was holding a heavy bag steady for him. The guy had his weight up against the bag to support it. Chuck does a lunging sidekick that knocked the guy down on his rear end.
Chuck was very fast although not as fast as Bruce. What Chuck had was an incredible sense of timing (knowing just when to throw a punch or kick).
What many of you may not know is that Chuck was a military guy, and studied more than just karate. He not only studied several forms of karate but also studied grappling with the one and only Judo Gene LeBell. Bruce also studied with Judo Gene.
Here’s a quote from Gene ” Bruce Lee and I didn’t agree on everything. For example, I’ve always been a believer in bobbing and weaving to avoid an opponent’s punches — instead of blocking with your hands.
Bruce’s theory was to block a punch and then strike back with your open hand or fist. My point of view was that if you can avoid absorbing blows in a match or a fight, and then come in with offensive moves, you’ll live a lot longer”.
Here’s My Take On Who Wins A REAL Fight Between Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris
The fight begins with Bruce in his Jeet Kune Do stance with little body movement. Chuck is circling Bruce feeling him out. Bruce’s Jjeet Kund Do style teaches to counter attack. Chuck knows this so he throws a few feints to which Bruce reacts to slightly.
Chuck attacks with feint right hand jab. Bruce starts to counter with his lead hand in classical Jeet Kund Do style. However Chuck before pulling his jab back all the way shoots it out again at Bruce’s right shoulder which neutralizes a counterattack by Bruce’s front hand. Chuck follows with a foot sweep of Bruce’s front ankle. He follows that up with a powerful right hand to Bruce’s rib cage.
Bruce is hurt! He took a punch that would have finished off most fighters. Due to his conditioning though Bruce is hurt but continues. Bruce changes to a southpaw stance to protect his injured ribs. Bruce immediately fires a left jab followed by a sidekick. Both are lightning fast.
The jab connects and draws blood, the sidekick connects as well but it’s to close to do any real damage. Chuck attacks again this time with roundhouse kick at Bruce’s knee followed with a double leg takedown.
The two crash down to the pavement with Chuck on top. Bruce’s head hits the concrete and had the wind knocked out of him as well. Chuck is mounted over him and quickly fires a punch to Bruce’s ribs that were injured earlier followed by an elbow smash which ends it! Winner is Chuck Norris.
Analysis-Chuck was just too strong, and timing to good for Bruce to overcome those things in a REAL fight. Due to his military training, Chuck was the tougher of the two in a street fight and could absorb more punishment than Bruce.
Sorry to disappoint all you Bruce Lee fans but Chuck was the real deal and to tough a guy for Bruce in a real fight. I will say that IF the fight took place under a points system Bruce may have had an edge.
Some of you may point to a video where Chuck said Bruce was the better of the two. However, that is Chuck being Chuck. A gentleman who you didn’t want to mess with.
I know a number of you may disagree with my decision. I base it on what I saw Chuck do in person and from being around him for a few years as one of his instructors. I look forward to your comments below.