Dada 5000 is in hospital after his brutal heavyweight MMA fight with Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149 in which he was knocked out. But according to his inner circle he is in a stable condition as he recovers from the bout. Click here for more details.
It was a fight to the finish that left both men standing exhausted, barely able to throw a punch, but eventually Dada 5000, 38, was knocked out by Kimbo Slice, 42, in the third round of their Bellator 149 MMA fight on Feb. 19. Since then, Dada was hospitalized, but he’s in stable condition, according to his manager, and is expected to remain in hospital for a couple of days.
Dada 5000, real name Dhafir Harris, suffered the TKO loss when he stumbled awkwardly and hit the canvas at 1:32 in the third round of the heavyweight battle that took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
It was Dada’s first fight since 2011, and the Miami-born fighter was removed from the cage by a stretcher after he collapsed. Bellator officials revealed that he was sitting upright before was taken to hospital and his visit to a local medical centre was just precautionary.
After the fight, Dada’s family released a statement on the condition of their prized asset. It claimed that Dada suffered from “extremely high levels of potassium in his blood, which led to severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure.”
The family believe that the high levels of potassium were caused by the fact that Dada lost 40 pounds for the fight. As a heavyweight MMA fighter you can’t weigh more than 265 pounds, and at the weigh-in on Feb. 18 he hit that weight on the nose.
“Dada showed the heart of a lion in the cage — not backing down throughout,” the statement read. “He worked extremely hard preparing for the fight and stepped forward for three 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.” The statement added, “We ask for the public and media to respect Dada’s privacy as he recovers.”
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