If I may, I’d like to add my 2 cents.
As far as your attacker is concerned, as your taking ground and unleashing a barrage of strikes knees etc.(and do expect to miss occasionaly) you will be keeping him off balance and we all know that a person off balance cannot land a blow or kick at full power. He will be busy enough trying to cover from your barrage as well. You must not concern yourself about his counter, you keep hacking, kneeing, gouging and taking ground until its over and he’s lying in a crumpled heap at your feet.