I'll have my first (real) Muay Thai fight soon and I was wondering about Mike Tyson's famous quote: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
Actually, I find this quote very realistic. Of course that, when training, I already have been punched in the face and have felt all the effects of it. But, when training, you can stop and breathe. But there's no time to breathe in a real fight.
I believe that everything you should do in a real competition must be the result of a lot of practice.
So, are there any viable (healthy) ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face, intending to practice defense in such semiconscious state?