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Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris hospitalized following Bellator 149 lost to Kimbo Slice

Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris was defeated by Kimbo Slice in the co-main event of Bellator 149 on Friday night in Houston, Texas. Following the conclusion of the fight, Harris was put on a stretcher and was admitted to a local Houston hospital.

On Saturday afternoon, Bellator officials sent a statement to the media on behalf of the Harris family to give an update on the condition of the fighter.

The Harris Family would like to inform Dada’s friends and fans that Dada is ok and resting comfortably in a Houston area Hospital under the care of an incredible staff of doctors and nurses.

The doctors have now informed us 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 40lbs weight loss in preparation for the fight.

Thanks to the EMTs and doctors, Dada is now recovering nicely.

Dada showed the heart of a lion in the cage- not backing down throughout. He worked extremely hard preparing for the fight and stepped forward for 3 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.

We’d like to thank all those who have supported Dada as well as express our sincere appreciation to Scott Coker, and the good people at BELLATOR and Spike who have been on-site to visit Dada and support the family.

We ask for the public and media to respect Dada’s privacy as he recovers.