Mohammed Rashid, 36, “bided his time” before carrying targeting one of the victims at Buzz Bar in the city centre because he was angry at being ejected from a nightclub on a previous occasion.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Rashid could easily have been facing a murder charge had he not been so drunk and “incompetent” at the time of the cowardly attack.
Rashid was jailed for six and a half years over the attack which took place in the early hours of New Year’s Day last year.
CCTV footage showed Rashid waiting until the doorman’s back was turned in the doorway of the bar before stabbing him in the head with a lock-knife.
Another doorman tried to restrain Rashid in a bear hug but was stabbed in the back.
A man queueing to go into the bar also suffered a knife wound during the struggle.
Rashid said to the doorman with the head wound: “Do you remember me?”
The doorman then recalled an incident when he had ejected Rashid from a nightclub in Huddersfield. Rashid told him at the time: “One day I will be back.” As police arrived outside Buzz Bar Rashid said: “I have been sent by Al-Qaeda. You are all dead.”
The three men were treated for serious injuries at hospital.
Recorder Richard Wright, QC, said: “This was a horrifying outburst of violence by you. Had it not been for the fact that you were fairly incompetent and failed to cause serious injury you may well have killed him.”