Dada 5000 fought Kimbo Slice until he collapsed last night (Fri., Feb. 19, 2016) at Bellator 149 in Houston, Texas. And according to numerous reports, the technical knockout loss nearly cost him his life.
He was taken off on a stretcher several minutes after the fight's conclusion.
Dada, whose real name is Dahfir Harris, was placed on a ventilator after his heart stopped last night and was in critical condition, according to Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report, who was first to report the news.
BREAKING: Multiple sources confirm Dhafir Harris was in critical condition overnight. His heart stopped and he was placed on a ventilator.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 20, 2016
MMAFighting's Marc Raimondi has reported that, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, Harris was resuscitated in the ambulance by the on-site doctor and rushed to a local hospital, where he is now in stable condition. Sources also said Harris is recovering and suffered a broken orbital bone in the fight.
Bellator released a statement from the Harris family on Saturday afternoon (February 20, 2016) on his current condition:
The Harris Family would like to inform Dada's friends and fans that Dada is ok and resting comfortably in a Houston area Hospital under the care of an incredible staff of doctors and nurses.
The doctors have now informed us that Dada had accumulated extremely high levels of potassium in his blood which led to severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure. The high potassium levels were likely caused by his 40lbs weight loss in preparation for the fight.
Thanks to the EMTs and doctors, Dada is now recovering nicely.
Dada showed the heart of a lion in the cage- not backing down throughout. He worked extremely hard preparing for the fight and stepped forward for 3 rounds against a tough veteran. He kept digging through the adversity- leaving it all in the cage for his fans and supporters. You can never take that away from him.
We'd like to thank all those who have supported Dada as well as express our sincere appreciation to Scott Coker, and the good people at BELLATOR and Spike who have been on-site to visit Dada and support the family.
We ask for the public and media to respect Dada's privacy as he recovers.
Harris, 38, stumbled and fell face first in an awkward manner after barely getting hit with a punch by Slice. Slice would win the fight by technical knockout in the third round. Referee "Big" John McCarthy was waving the fight off just as Harris was starting to fall toward the canvas. Slice and Harris were both visibly exhausted throughout the drawn out, lackluster three-round heavyweight contest. Harris weighed in at 265 pounds--the heavyweight maximum--for the fight and his 40-pound weight cut had not been reported during the lead up to Bellator 149.
Bellator MMA could not be reached for additional comment.