The Caged Type

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Beginning the Purge: Part five

Part four available HERE

The storm raged. The violence came back to him. The men died in droves and screamed, pleaded, begged. He paid them no heed, his rifle a barking cannon in the raging heat of the desert.

The Hitman awoke soaked in sweat. He felt the cool air of his apartment assault his body, an alien sensation next to the fire that raged on his skin. He groped in the darkness and flicked the light switch. The bedroom was a chamber of protection, a mirrored wall the only luxury. Everything else was sterile, defensive. He got to his feet and dressed quickly, picking a suit from the many similar styles in his wardrobe. His white shirt pulled taut over his toned frame. He stared into the mirror for a moment, his sunken eyes analysing the man that stood there. The stranger.

He studied the Teacher’s laptop. Through it, he found the names and addresses of their sick little chatroom. He read the chats they’d had. They were all above suspicion, people that existed in the middle class and higher – people you’d trust your children with. One of them was a policeman. That could cause issues. Continue reading

The big debut: Advice for your first MMA fight

The cage door closes. You hear it lock shut with a solid metal clang. Suddenly the baying of the crowd dims to a murmur. The only noise you clearly hear now are the doubts in your own head, eating away at you:

What’s going to happen?

Am I going to win?

Will I get hurt?

With your feet exploring the unfamiliar canvas, inexplicably different to the mats in your gym, you find yourself looking over at your opponent. This is a guy you have trained to beat. A guy you have sweat, bled and strived towards facing for weeks. But now that he is in front of you, you’re terrified. He looks just as well-prepared as you, just as ready. Can I win? Will I win? In what feels like an instant, the referee is calling you to the centre of the cage. You lock eyes with your opponent and something clicks. He is just as scared as I am. The referee tells you to separate and come out fighting. Here you go, this is it. No more time to think.

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The Taste of Victory: Winning my MMA debut

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog: The Caged Type. I’m Craig Boyle, an active MMA fighter and general fighting and gaming enthusiast from the north-east of England. As well as starting this blog, I also contribute to fightstorepro.com. To start this whole site off I thought I’d showcase my highest graded assignment for University, a piece of creative non-fiction about my first fight. It’s lengthy and I do not expect everyone to read it to the end, but for those who are wondering what it is like to fight for the first time, or people who want some insight into me as a person it’s the best way to ‘step through the looking glass’. Without further adieu, please enjoy the story of  my MMA debut, a tale about a guy who spent the majority of his teenage years being bullied stepping into a cage to fight someone. 

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