The Caged Type

A home for Craig Thomas Boyle's writing and life.

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Losing A Fight: Is it so bad?

“All my life, I’ve been fearful of defeat. But now that is has come…it’s not near as terrible as I’d expected. The sun still shines. Water still tastes good. Glory is…all well and good but…life is enough, nay?”  – Mark Antony, Rome, (c)HBO.

I spent the first two years of my competitive amateur MMA career undefeated. Every fight went more or less the same way, with me shooting takedowns and securing chokes to finish my opponents in the first round. I never had to pummel anyone, never knocked someone down or finished them with ground and pound. In fact, I never even got hit cleanly in any of those bouts.

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Why do we fight? An amateur MMA competitor’s perspective

It’s the third week of fight camp for my sixth amateur MMA bout. I am beyond tired – my body already feels broken, with bruises picked up in places I didn’t even know existed, my sleep schedule is messed up and I’m short and ill-tempered with everyone at work and at home. I’m flitting between a 9-5 job, through an hour long queue of traffic to the gym I train at then back to my girlfriend’s flat for maybe an hour to ourselves a night. Put simply: I am completely exhausted.

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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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