What looked like an embarrassing effort from Dada 5000 against Kimbo Slice back in February turned out to be a near-death experience, and it may have been caused by overdoing it while training.
In an appearance on “The Dan LeBatard Show” this week, Dada 5000 — whose real name is Dhafir Harris — explained that cutting 40 pounds in just a few months contributed to his kidney failure and cardiac arrest.
“I probably pushed myself,” Harris said, via Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com. “Instead of taking a couple months, I probably double-timed it. So I wouldn’t say (I cut weight) poorly. I think that my body was not used to that, because I’m not a full-time fighter. … So at the end of the day, I think that my body having so much time being off, and to push it from zero to 60, that could be something to focus on.”
Harris says Kimbo “never touched me” and that he had a heart attack inside the ring. As he mentioned in his Instagram post earlier this month, Harris says he was pronounced dead and there was one point when doctors had written him off.
“I was dead,” he said. “When you talk about your spirit leaving your body, looking at the light, but it’s not your time to go, and you actually get brought back, that was my situation. Because I was pronounced dead, and they kept working, kept working, kept working. And I died minutes apart.”
The details we heard after Harris lost to Slice were incredibly disturbing, and it’s clear he is lucky to be alive. We’re guessing that was his last fight.