In one of the most bizarre TKOS in MMA history, Dahfir “Dada 5000” Harris was TKOed by Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at the co-headliner of Bellator 149 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Harris after receiving seemingly light punches from Ferguson in the the third round all of sudden started to walk over to fence and collapsed to the floor. Both fighters appeared to be extremely exhausted, but it turns out Harris’ collapse was far more serious.
According to a statement sent by Bellator, which was sent to Harris’ family, the fighter is in the hospital after suffering severe dehydration and renal failure. “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 40(-pound) weight loss in preparation for the fight,” quoted from the statement.
Renal failure is another name for kidney failure, but Harris may have suffered heart failure as well. Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter sent a tweet claiming that “Multiple sources confirm Dhafir Harris was in critical condition overnight. His heart stopped and he was placed on a ventilator.” So far, there has been no confirmation of heart failure by Bellator MMA or the hospital in Houston where Harris is being treated. But statement says that Harris is recovering well and ask for the fighter’s privacy during this ordeal.
Both Ferguson and Harris rose to fame due to YouTube videos of their backyard brawls, instead of going through the traditional route of fighting in the amateur and smaller leagues before getting into more elite circles in the UFC and Bellator MMA. Ferguson had previously fought on The Ultimate Fighter and the UFC, but a string of losses resulted in the fighter being cut from the organization.