Would being a brawler be the best training method?
I've heard it said that if you really want to learn how to handle a real fight, then go and get yourself into real fights. This means fights at bars, clubs ect. with glass, bottles, pool cues, multiple opponents in other words "t3h str33t". I know a guy who thinks he's hard becase he'll go into a pub, find someone that looks weak and try to start some ****. Most often they back down and this fuels his ego, convincing him that he is t3h d3adly. Now, are people that get into brawls on a regular basis (but don't do martial arts training as such) the best fighters? If live drills and sparring are a better training method than dead patterns does that mean that t3h str33t is better than sparring? It seems logical, but is it possible to develop a high level of technical skill in the grappling and ground game by doing this? My question is this; taking aside the legal and ethical ramifications of brawling, would it lead to being a better fighter than by using combat sports and training methods?
Edit: Please move this to another forum if that would be more appropriate.