yup for fun.
2nd time i fought because the first time i used a vile elixir and didn't think i needed it. so i fought him w/o it.
3rd time i tried to melee him to death but i won anyway because i healed the damage he did to me so i wouldn't die.
4th time i tried to do without any items because i thought it would be a challenge
by far, the 4th time was the closest i came to losing.