A DRUNK football fan picked a fight with the wrong man when he squared up to a cage fighter in the street.

Jamie Foot had been drinking all day ahead of an England match against Germany when he confronted two mixed martial arts experts.

Mr Foot hurled abuse at pals Alex Salisbury and Liam Etebar, who works as a supermarket security guard.

He called Mr Etebar an “Iceland c***” before throwing his jacket to the ground and raising his fists in a boxing stance.

CCTV shows Mr Foot shouting “come on then” at the two men, who were running late to teach a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class.

Welterweight Mr Etebar, 26, from Eastbourne, then removed his own jacket before punching Mr Foot once, knocking him to the ground.

Mr Foot, an off-duty bus driver, suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain when his head hit the pavement after falling backwards on Langley Road, Eastbourne.

Mr Etebar said had been acting in self defence and had never seen Mr Foot before knocking him out on March 22 last year.

“My friend was coming to pick me up from work,” he told the court.

“He said somebody was following his car.

“I see a large male, marching down the street shouting.

“He was marching, pulsing, walking fast towards us.”

Mr Etebar said there was a lot of swearing coming from Mr Foot who he assumed was drunk.

“He took his jacket off, I thought it was possible he was going to try and fight, to attack me,” Mr Etebar said.

“I didn’t want to turn my back on Mr Foot in case he attacked me from behind or whatever he had set out to do that day.

“If I’d turned and run, I could’ve slipped and he could’ve got on top of me and punched my head into the pavement.”

He said Mr Foot had thrown at least three punches toward him before he floored the driver with a single straight right hand.

“I extend my left hand to try and keep him away and he keeps trying to throw his left hook.

“Three punches from him, no contact but they were pretty close.

“I felt threatened and intimidated.

“He was trying to knock me out, hurt me,” he said.

The boxer, who fights under the name Liam “Badboy” Etebar, denied he was looking for a fight.

“I had just finished work and I was going to the gym,” he said.

Friend Alex Salisbury went back to check on Mr Foot after parking his car further down the narrow, one-way street.

“I was worried,” Mr Etebar said.

“The way he fell and hit his head on the pavement, I sort of knew that wasn’t good.”

Alex Salisbury said: “From how he was so aggressive towards us, one guy trying to attack two people, I thought he had a weapon.”

“Liam didn’t say anything.

“He was more confused than I was.

“He didn’t have any idea what was going on.

“He says you Iceland c**t because he had his work jacket on.

“He was throwing some shots to try and get himself fired up then he threw one big shot to try and do damage.

“After he’d done that, Liam threw just one in a defensive manner.

“Right, I believe, a straight shot.

“I was just baffled by the whole situation.”

A man’s voice can be heard on the CCTV video saying “night, night bruv,” as the two men get into a white Ford Ranger and drive away leaving Mr Foot on his back on the pavement.

Mr Foot said he had very little memory of the incident.

“I went to a Wetherspoon’s and had a couple of drinks there and another pub afterwards,” he said.

“I had a couple of pints of Stella in each and a couple of Jagerbombs.”

Asked what his next memory was, Mr Foot said: “Waking up in hospital in Brighton.”

Mr Foot was discharged from hospital after eight days. He has hearing loss in his right ear and still suffers with dizziness.

His bus driver’s licence was revoked for two years.

Mr Etebar was cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm at Lewes Crown Court.