My latest short story has been published on Shotgun Honey, the Internet's premier place for flash crime fiction. This story was inspired by Shotgun Honey's succint writer's guidelines, which state: "Crime. Hardboiled. Noir. Something like that. 700 words maximum. Make it tight. Make it hum."

Here are the opening paragraphs:

Bruce was humming as he typed on his computer keyboard and it was driving his roommate crazy.

“Can you shut the fuck up?” Harris barked at him. “Please?”

“I’m making it hum,” Bruce said. “That’s what the editors want. It says so in the writer’s guidelines. Make it tight. Make it hum. So I’m making it hum.”

Harris sighed. “They want the story to hum, you idiot, not the writer.”

“Yeah, no shit,” Bruce said. “But this is how I get into it. Mind your own business.”

He went back to work, typing and humming.

Read the rest here:  Make it Hum

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On the undercard of tomorrow night's UFC event is a very intriguing matchup. Roy "Big Country" Nelson takes on Alistair "The Reem" Overeem in a fight that could very well go either way. What makes this fight so interesting is that it could end with just one punch--in either man's favor.

Roy Nelson is famed for his overhand right, a punch that has knocked out many a UFC contender. And Alistair Overeem has been on the wrong end of a few spectaculars knockouts in his career. So if Big Country is able to land a big shot, it should be lights out for Alistair.

Despite this, however, the betting odds slightly favor Overeem going into the match. Although his chin is somewhat suspect, The Reem is an explosive puncher himself and a powerful grappler with a devastating ground and pound game. A former K1 kickboxing and Strikeforce MMA champ, Overeem has been in the game for a long time and has the tools to beat Nelson--if he doesn't get caught.  Conversely, Nelson has been a recent victim of knockout blows himself and people have begun questioning his chin. One bomb from Overeem could spell the end of his night.

So while the odds makers have this bout favoring The Reem, I see it as a straight up pick 'em fight. It's just a matter of who gets to the other man's chin first.

If you are a betting man, choose wisely when placing a bet on this bout, or maybe don't bet at all. There are plenty of other fights coming up in the UFC and Bellator and WSOF that might better bets if you follow the sport. One excellent site for betting is UFCBetting.com, where you can find results and analysis and use their UFC betting guide to help you make the best bet possible.

And here is one other piece of advice for those watching the Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem match at UFC 185. Don't blink!

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Dead Serious MMA 14 took place on March 7, 2015 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, NJ. Here are the official results from all the night's bouts.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Class A and Class B Amateur MMA

Dead Serious MMA
Dead Serious 14
Rahway Recreation Center
City of Rahway

 

Dead Serious MMA is back with their first show of 2015. This Saturday, March 7, at the Rahway Rec Center in  Rahway, New Jersey, Dead Serious will once again showcase some of the finest mixed martial arts talent in the USA.

For ticket info, check out the Dead Serious MMA wesbite. And don't forget to order up some of the finest MMA apparel in the world at Dead Serious Fight Gear.

 

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Fight Club Champion returns to action on February 28th at the Robert Treat Hotek in Newark, New Jersey this Saturday, February 28, 2015. This is the third outing for the promotion, and it's been getting bigger and better every time out.

Check out their website for ticket info: FightClubChampion.com.

 

 

 

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One of the most intriguing signings in UFC history was made recently. Irish born fighter Joseph Duffy, or as he is commonly known “The Last Man to Defeat the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor,” will make his UFC debut in March against Brazilian fighter Vagner Rocha. The fight will be held in Dallas.

It was a little over four years ago that Duffy defeated McGregor in a Cage Warriors fight in Ireland. Incredibly, the encounter lasted a short 38 seconds; Duffy was able to get McGregor to tap out with an arm-triangle choke. This historic fight is significant because McGregor hasn’t lost a single fight since then; his winning streak so far is 13 fights. Through his efforts he has gained tremendous popularity and was able to galvanize the UFC’s featherweight division, bring the UFC back to his home country, and sell out the Boston venue for his Sunday night fight against Dennis Siver.

Surprisingly, Duffy doesn’t want to be known as the last man to beat McGregor; he wants to pave his own way in the UFC. As he prepares to embark on this new journey, Duffy is adamant that he wants to be remembered for his future performances, not his past ones.

No matter how you slice it; Duffy cannot get rid of the proverbial feather in his cap that came as a result of his victory against McGregor. And although he is coming into the UFC arena as a lightweight, he’s open to fighting McGregor again; if the opportunity ever presented itself. Evidently, McGregor is open to this possibility also. He said in a recent interview, “… If that fight presents itself, you best believe I want that fight.” And there you have it folks. That’s a fight that will have everyone betting on their favorite MMA fighter; especially in Australian casinos where they really go wild for sports.

So far, Duffy has put together an impressive 12-1 pro MMA record as well as a 7-0 in boxing. So now that he is dedicating his full attention to MMA, he hopes to create his own identity in an arena that McGregor has virtually conquered; McGregor is slated to go up against champion Jose Aldo for the featherweight title in May. This fight will be the largest smaller class bout that MMA has ever had.

 

 

 

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Frankie Perez is something special. Even when he was an amatuer mixed martial artist, people who watched him fight knew that he would one day fight for the biggest MMA organization in the world, the UFC. And now, after a 9-1 pro career, with his lone loss being a very close split decision against Chris Wade, Frankie makes his UFC debut tomorrow night on the undercard of the McGregor vs. Siver fight.

I've been lucky enough to see just about every one of Frankie's fights, and I've been saying for a long time that he is a world class fighter. Now he's going to get to showcase his skills to a worldwide audience. Frankie is the real deal, and I really look forward to him fighting the best fighters in the world.

The UFC Lightweight division is on notice: Franke Perez Jr. has arrived!

 

 

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The Asylum Fight League rings in the new year with a big show on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the famed Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Asylum is south Jersey's premier MMA event, so get your tickets ASAP.

Check out the Asylum Fight League Website for more details.

 

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Dead Serious MMA is back to kick off 2015 with a big show at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Dead Serious MMA is north Jersey's premier MMA promotion, and their cards are always stacked. Titles will be on the line, so get your tickets ASAP.

Check out the Dead Serious MMA website for ticket info. Also check Dead Serious Fight Gear for some of the best fight gear in the biz.

 

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