You're probably right, it doesn't work in a fight.
Don't fight. Don't do Aikido if you insist on fighting, they're not compatible.
Don't argue whether or not it works. It's a huge waste of time.
Go fight if you want to fight well, there is no other way to get good at fighting.
I've used Aikido principles in self defense, all of the fighting stuff is irrelevant beyond that.