Dada 5000 Released From Hospital Following Bellator 149 Defeat

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 3, 2016

After more spending more than a week in a Houston hospital following his loss to Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149, Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris is finally back home.

A representative of Harris posted the update on the fighter’s Facebook page early Wednesday.

“Dada 5000 has been released from the hospital and is now back home in South Florida,” the statement read. “He wants all his supporters to know he appreciates them and is nothing without them. He will soon be available to tell his story….”

Harris fell to Slice via technical knockout at the 1:32 mark of the third round in the Bellator 149 co-headliner at the Toyota Center in Houston on Feb. 19. Harris was taken from the cage on a stretcher backstage where he reportedly was conscious and received oxygen before being transported to the hospital.

The situation became dire, however, when Harris suffered from severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure later that evening. He also reportedly was in critical condition after his heart stopped. The “Dawg Fight” star cut approximately 40 pounds to make heavyweight for his bout against Slice, which resulted in high potassium levels in his blood.

According to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Harris passed all his medical exams and meet the physical requirements necessary to compete at the event. Bellator 149 marked Harris’ first mixed martial arts bout since Feb. 12, 2011. Both of his previous professional fights ended in the first round.


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