Dada 5000 lost to Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149 on Friday, in what looked to be pure exhaustion, though it was ruled a knockout. However, after the fight, the 38-year-old had a major medical scare… when his heart actually stopped.
Dada (real name: Dhafir Harris) was initially hauled to a nearby hospital for what was believed to be extreme fatigue, but it was worse than most thought. After his heart stopped, he was placed on a ventilator and had to be resuscitated by a doctor at a nearby Houston hospital.
At first, doctors weren’t sure if he’d make it through the night, but fortunately, he’s expected to make a full recovery and is currently stable.
Bellator released a statement over the weekend, explaining 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 40-lbs. weight loss in preparation for the fight,” the statement continued.
It was just his third professional MMA fight, and first since 2011, after years participating in Miami’s street fighting scene… where he formed a rivalry with fellow Miami street brawler, Kimbo Slice, which culminated at Bellator 149.
In the fight, both fighters were extremely fatigued, and in the third round, it came to an end when Dada 5000 landed face first on the canvas, seemingly exhausted more than he was hurt from punches by Kimbo.
After the fight, he remained on the canvas, and was eventually carted away on a stretcher and then the hospital.