Re: How would aikido fare in an actual fight?
I think you need to stop, take a breath, and formulate your thoughts; then construct a question.
If you want to find out if you can beat your friend in a fight, then all you have to do is fight him. You will find out very soon. If you want to know if Aikido people can beat up other people. It depends on who's doing the beating.
Fighting, is fighting. Styles are styles. They are apples and oranges, and cannot be compared in the manner you are attempting.