It is well-documented that Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris was in dire condition following his Feb. 19 loss to Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149.
On Wednesday, Harris revealed in an Instagram post that he suffered two heart attacks in addition to battling severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure following his third-round technical knockout defeat at Toyota Center in Houston. Harris has since deleted the post.
“Yes I did have kidney failure during the fight. I also had [two] heart attacks which I did code aka died during the fight,” Harris wrote.
The “Dawg Fight” star spent more than a week in a Houston hospital recovering before he was released. Harris added that he also received treatment at South Miami Hospital upon returning home.
Harris was visibly exhausted during his heavyweight bout with Slice and collapsed to the canvas at the 1:32 mark of the third round. He was removed from the cage on a stretcher and taken backstage, where he was conscious and receiving oxygen before being transported to a local hospital. It was only later that reports of more serious health issues began to surface.
Harris cut approximately 40 pounds to make the heavyweight limit for the for the heavily criticized bout, but according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, he passed all his medical exams and met the necessary physical requirements to compete.
“Yes I trained very hard for this fight and I was in fighting shape,” Harris wrote. “But those who knew me, they knew something wasn’t right by the look in my eyes when I stepped into that ring... Thank you for all your prayers and support. I will make a full recovery and be back bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. That much you can count on.”