Bruce Lee may have died 42 years ago, but one question has managed to plague the internet like a bad case of ringworm—was he actually good a "fighter?” Though his status as martial arts philosopher, teacher, practitioner, and fitness guru are well documented, how well he would actually “do in a fight” doesn’t seem so cut and dry.
Was he just an actor? Would he do well in the Octagon? In a back alley? Digging through the elephantine pile of forum posts, articles, and anecdotes, the evidence seems to be pretty clear.