Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris was taken out of the ring on the stretcher and spent the night in a Houston hospital, where he continues to stay as he recovers. Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report reported Harris was in critical condition overnight after his heart stopped while he was in the hospital.
On Saturday, Dada’s family released a statement updating his health, saying he is recovering nicely after suffering from renal failure and dehydration.
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 the 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 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.
The family’s statement notes that Dada had to lose 40 pounds to meet the 265 limit in Bellator’s heavyweight division and that it likely caused the high potassium levels in his blood, leading to his collapse and hospitalization.