As if the Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 fight wasn’t bad enough, it could have been a lot worse, as Dada 5000 nearly died in the cage.
Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter reported that Dada 5000 was hospitalized and was in critical condition Friday night following his loss. His heart stopped and he was placed on a ventilator, but is now in stable condition.
Dada’s family and Bellator released the following statement:
“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.”
– Also, the UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy weigh-ins are complete, and all of tomorrow night’s fighters are set for the show. We’ll bring you a post-fight recap after the event. Augusto Mendes, who took the fight against Garbrandt on Monday, missed weight and was fined a percentage of his purse.
Main Card (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Donald Cerrone (#5) (170) vs. Alex Oliveira (171)
Derek Brunson (#13) (186) vs. Roan Carneiro (#15) (184.5)
Cody Garbrandt (140.5) vs. Augusto Mendes (142)* ? 142-pound catchweight
Dennis Bermudez (#8) (146) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (#12) (146)
Chris Camozzi (185.5) vs. Joe Riggs (186)
Shane Campbell (156) vs. James Krause (155.5)
Prelim Card (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Alex Garcia (171) vs. Sean Strickland (170.5)
Oluwale Bamgbose (185) vs. Daniel Sarafian (186)
Leonardo Augusto Leleco (184.5) vs. Anthony Smith (185.5)
Nathan Coy (170) vs. Jonavin Webb (169.5)
Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET)
Ashlee Evans-Smith (135.5) vs. Marion Reneau (#12) (135)
Kelly Faszholz (135) vs. Lauren Murphy (135.5)
Shamil Abdurakhimov (254) vs. Anthony Hamilton (260)