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‘Cage vs. Cons’ Somehow Still Operational; Danny Trejo, Tiny Lister Sign On to Host First Show

(Well, this just *screams* legitimacy. Pic: Cage vs. Cons)

My God, we had totally forgotten about this debacle: About a year ago we  told you that a couple of janky promoters out in Hollyweird were set to launch a series of live MMA shows pitting a stable of “good guy” professional fighters against “bad boy” former convicts and criminals. At the time, the whole venture – called “Cage vs. Cons,” you’ll remember – seemed too hokey to become reality. Well, guess again, as a reader tip pointed out this week that somehow nobody has stepped in to pull the plug on this walking corpse and its official website says “Cage vs. Cons” is actually gearing up for its first show in May.

But, but, but wait, it gets worse (yes, that’s an Onyx reference for all you 30-somethings): Cage vs. Cons has allegedly inked well known character actors Danny Trejo and Tommy “Tiny” Lister – better known as “Machete” from, uh, “Machete” and “Deebo” from “Friday,” respectively – to be “hosts” of sorts for the first event. And yes, the website actually refers to Lister as “Deebo” half the time as if that’s his real name.  They’ve also released a complete-ish lineup of fights (so, they’re one step ahead of the average Strikeforce show) and are advertising live performances from a boatload of rappers we’ve heard of before. The particulars, including the bitchin’ “Cage vs. Cons” theme song – by a group called Big Twins – are all after the jump.

“Cage vs. Cons is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company that hosts fan-pleasing events pitting nothing-to-lose ex-convicts against hard-hitting police officers, prison guards, firefighters, teachers, Marines and other members of the military and law enforcement,” says the ‘about’ section on the CVC website, going on to say that co-founder Michael Lynch can use his “prison connections … to attract the best fighters once they are released from custody …”

Eat your heart out, Joe Silva.

While it should be noted that a quick glance at the proposed fights makes it look like the matchmaking doesn’t seem – as Charles Barkley might say – turrible, but it does appear that the “cons” have edges in either record or experience in nearly every fight. So, it looks like we know which audience CVC is trying to cater to here. We guess it goes without saying that we’ve never heard of any of these fighters before, but we love the following exchange from the website between light heavyweights Jessie “Sergeant” Cannon and  convicted-robber-turned-devout-Christian Corey Dennis:

“I really just love to punch people. I like to fight, but I don’t like to get into trouble,” says Cannon, who we gather is the ‘good guy.’ “I have to put hands on something or somebody each day. I need to punch some guy in the face.”

“I really love kicking people in the head,” Dennis says.

Cage vs. Cons also advertises live shows from rappers such as E-40, The Dogg Pound, Wu Tang’s Killah Priest, Too Short, Mobb Deep and Kool Keith, among others. Like we said, the promotion even has its own theme song from alleged Mobb Deep affiliates Big Twins. Yeah, it sound suspiciously like they made it up as they went along, but there they are in the video, reading words off a piece of paper. You’ll also note that the video features some footage from Cage vs. Cons promoters’ previous endeavor, “Felony Fights,” which looks like it was just super.

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titusmanlius- May 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm
alright, so the event sounds pretty gimmicky. and it's marketing team may be a couple of 15 yr olds. whether or not you want this associated with MMA i'm surprised how many people assume that ex-cons can't become serious fighters. most of them in the lineup have been pro for a while, they aren't just experts in prison brawls and shanking.
also i saw an article about how the founder of felony fights felt "morally bankrupt", so i doubt these fights will be as brutal as the old videos.
GistoftheFist- March 29, 2011 at 10:28 am
I don't understand why people feel the need to defend MMA so badly lately. It's sanctioned in almost every state here in the US, yet people still treat it like a growing child when anything might worsen it's image. MMA is on live TV, it holds PPVs, it doesn't need you to hold it's hand anymore.
Clyde- March 29, 2011 at 3:26 am
Does anyone else get the feeling that there already were some fatalities in felony fights? That kicking at 2:00 into the video was pretty nasty, they probably had worse but decided to burn some footage or "evidence" as the Po Po would call it.

Nothing wrong with a good onyx reference. How about a video to slam with all the biggest takedowns/throws in MMA?
Sakuraba3900- March 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm
If you look up the site these guys (even the felons) have an MMA record. I think they are just pitting former convicts against former law enforcers and pure MMA fighters. Its not that big of a deal just a shitty way of pitching it.
Buff Frank Mir- March 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm
I have all the Felony Fights on dvd, I seen one of the guys lose his MMA debut. Shad Smith a pro fighter once fought on one.
Edith Christ- March 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm
This leash demeans us both.
artigale- March 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Please God tell me this shit is not being held under the banner of MMA. Like they need another reason to give our sport a bad name.
Waxedpants- March 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm
5th element ftw
RwilsonR- March 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm
So are former felons that have become movie/rap stars going to sponsor fighters, like on Iron Ring?
Naked Rear Poke- March 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm
@Clubber
Amen brother! Anyone who watches that felony fights bullsh1t and enjoys it is NOT an mma fan! I'm genuinely surprised no one died. I tried to watch it once, a clearly ko'd guy was having diving knees dropped on him while he was out cold and convulsing(it's in the rap clip). If you find that entertaining then you are what is known as a sociopathic little prick, not a fight fan.
GistoftheFist- March 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm
Well I wouldn't compare this to MMA, you could just compare it to any streetfight video series. I've seen most of the Felony Fights on youtube whenever they pop up. On one hand the fights can either be decent or krappy (mostly because they don't match them up evenly in terms of weight). I say if meatheads want to knock each other out in the name of this series let them, they get to lose their teeth and we get to watch raw fights.
nesbitt- March 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm
@Loki,
there have been 2 stateside MMA deaths. one in Texas, i'm not sure if it was sanctioned, and one in South Carolina that wasnt.
Sakuraba3900- March 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm
One of my good friends is gonna fight on the show, Vince Tulei Eliu Alaalatoa. I should be there to watch this shit show.
RNCyomama- March 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Sweet. When's the episode with War Machine?
knucklesamitch- March 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Can Tiny Lister (Deebo/Zeus) even be sanctioned to fight...he's blind in one eye.
agentsmith- March 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm
I hereby suggest Danny Trejo vs R. Lee Ermey for the main event.
omunto- March 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm
I've got two teamates who are fighting on this card including the main event fighter Rick Slaton. The gimmick is kind of rediculous I'd agree, but so are most of the "grudge" matches we hear about from UFC. Ultimately all the fighters are truely professional MMA fighters and not just some yokle with no training so it's just another promotion getting fighters a chance to compete and some cash in their pockets. It's a real shame the marketing is more akin to bumfights a rioheros.
ClubberLame- March 28, 2011 at 11:59 am
So...I'm a huge fight fan. Loved the 'rasslin' growing up, loved classic boxing (who can forget Bowe vs. Holyfield, etc)-I'm lucky enough to of trained at some great gyms (Chris Reily's old Bomb Squad Muay Thai Gym in Hollywood-where Ed Bravo used to hold classes), watched the first UFC at the very young age and became a lifelong fan...but Felony Fights is the most disgusting, low end, scum of the earth shit ever.

On one hand my heart aches at how depressing human behavior can be (I mean seriously, how pathetic for the "fighters" to allow themselves to be exploited with no mind for safety, etc and how creepy of the "producers/promoters" to pray on these half-wits)...on the other hand it's like, wow...if one of these morons ended up killing each, maybe it would just be one less piece of poop walking the planet. :-/

Well, and also there's that whole assault...battery...possible homicide thang to consider. Ya know...we'll worth the 20 bucks and a ride to the liqueur store or whatever the "purse" is for these "bouts".

This is not good for the SPORT of MMA because to the political enemies that stand in the way of total MMA regulation nationwide-wrong or right...they will lump these goons in with the Matt Hughes and Jon Jones' of the world.
Crap Factory- March 28, 2011 at 11:56 am
Translation below:
@chael
havin been on both sides of the fence, you are rite to a point, bein responsible all your life is harda than robbin people and stores and jackin cars and b@e’s, but street life is tuff to,
hay wat can i say, imma watch it, i like fightin, all you fuckin morons who talk neck about this seem to for get ufc wen it first started, or how about the shit they do in brazil,
fightins fightin, weatha in a cage or ring or street ins fun

Having been on both sides of the fence, you a right to a point. Being responsible all your life is harder than robbing people, stores, jacking cars, and B&E's. Street life is hard too.

Hey, what can I say? I'm going to watch it. I like fighting. All you fucking morons who talk neck(?) seem to forget the UFC when it first started or how they do things in Brazil.

Fighting is fighting, wether in a cage, ring, or street. It's fun.

Oh, Ebonics, how I hate thee.....
RwilsonR- March 28, 2011 at 11:52 am
Also, that's not Deebo or Zeus. That's Galatctic President Lindberg. Not sure what he's doing with the future version of Cain Velasquez, though.
RwilsonR- March 28, 2011 at 11:50 am
I saw this already in Death Warrant. Spoiler alert: Van Damme wins in the end.
myklhoey- March 28, 2011 at 11:47 am
@chael
havin been on both sides of the fence, you are rite to a point, bein responsible all your life is harda than robbin people and stores and jackin cars and b@e's, but street life is tuff to,
hay wat can i say, imma watch it, i like fightin, all you fuckin morons who talk neck about this seem to for get ufc wen it first started, or how about the shit they do in brazil,
fightins fightin, weatha in a cage or ring or street ins fun
Crap Factory- March 28, 2011 at 11:44 am
Rap sucks. I come out to the cage to Slayer. Angel of Death!

This will be a disaster. As LOKI says, someone will die and this will look bad for the rest of us.
NorthSouthDudesOnly- March 28, 2011 at 11:38 am
One step closer to Death Race!!
skeletor- March 28, 2011 at 11:35 am
At around the two minute mark that is clearly an early stoppage. Did that guy seriously try to bite the other guys face off?
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