Washington State has a very odd law that allows two citizens to legally engage in fisticuffs as long as both parties agree to it.
Fighting to resolve a conflict has been a part of human nature long before we ever discovered fire or stopped living in caves. However, there’s very little honor left these days so you have to be careful who you fight, you never know who’s going to cry and tattle tale because they lost.
In Seattle, there are actual laws that allow two adults to enter into fair combat (One guy can’t have a knife, etc) on their own free will without breaking the law. As far as laws go, this one makes a lot of sense. Wild brawls on the streets are dangerous for the participants and anybody in the vicinity, but formalizing things adds a certain degree of class that ultimately makes the street fight a lot safer.
The legal definition of mutual combat is as follows:
“A fight into which both parties enter willingly, or in which two persons, upon a sudden quarrel, and in hot blood, mutually fight upon equal terms.”
In Seattle, there is even a team of “superheroes” that roam the streets in costumes looking for anyone who wants to start something.