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Bare knuckle fighter who ‘gouged’ opponents eye ‘expected to be dead by 25’

A bare knuckle and MMA fighter who infamously gouged an opponents’ eyeball in a street fight has opened up about how his criminal past influenced his fighting career.

Eric ‘Blood Axe’ Olsen is a prominent figure in the world of bare knuckle fighting. Hailing from New York, the scrapper has developed a reputation for his battle-hardened tactics in combat sports.

Eric currently lives in England, but before moving to the UK, he lived a life of violent crime and spent time in prison from the age of 22 to 25.

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Now, speaking on the Serious and Silliness podcast, the bareknuckle brawler has reacted to a viral video that showed him gouging an opponents’ eye, and addressed his criminal past.

“His eye didn’t come out of his head, but I gouged both of his eyes at three different times and then I really locked in, I went under the eye and grabbed… He’s not the first person I’ve done that to in street fights,” he revealed.

“I just gouged his eyes until they said it’s enough. What are they going to do? Keep letting him fight until he’s got his eyes full of blood and he can’t see?”

Delving into his background, Eric’s description of his criminal activities – which saw him convicted of arson and weapons possession offences – made it obvious where he got his taste for violence from.

He explained: “I was just a psychopath, I was just robbing everybody that I could, I was drug dealer, I was selling drugs, I was blowing s*** up.

“I expected to be dead by 25 or I expected to take some of my illegal firearms back then and just start shooting it out with the f***ing police and execute everyone I could.”

Unsurprisingly, Eric spent time in prison for his crimes, and admitted that he had started doing amateur kickboxing after finding himself bored following prison.

“So I just had something to burn my time with while I was doing everything else, and I just chose to take up kickboxing and it led to what it has led to,” he said.

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Now a 39 year-old father, the heavily-tattooed bloke admitted that he doesn’t want to glorify violence, but confessed that he isn’t ashamed of pushing the rules to the limits while he is fighting.

“I gouged that kid’s eyeballs and then I was watching it with my eight week old daughter and the other kids here," he continued.

“I didn’t even dislike that guy, we were cool, I had nothing against him, I just wanted the money. I didn’t want to get soccer-kicked in the mouth and come back here looking like Frankenstein.

“At 39 I’m very lucky I’m not in prison forever, I could have very easily gone another way.”

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