He braced his arm against the side of his head and accepted the punch. Most of the force deflected off his forearm. As the punch was drawn back, he followed it with his blocking arm, launching his fist at the other man.
He raked his middle knuckles down the man’s face, causing him to drop his head. The eye of his fist connected with the man’s chin on the way up. His head shot back, blood exploding from his mouth. It looked like he even lost a tooth as he fell backwards, falling to the floor like a cut tree.