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It is not necessarily grounds for reversal. Such an argument, whether it is brought up or not, is a matter of internal trial strategy of the parties and courts do not step in and second-guess such strategy decisions.
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Would you say that the lawyer for the accused should have brought this up in court to help show that the accused was defending his life & was even stabbed during the process?
It is not for me to second-guess the lawyer. I do not know all of the information and do not have the benefit of reviewing the evidence, the reports, and the transcripts.
If I were to review all those materials and drew the conclusion that you are suggesting, then that may be a basis for the defendant to file an appeal on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel.