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Dear God, No: Is Dada 5000 Actually Considering Another MMA Fight?


(Unless he plans on actually using that sledgehammer, this is going to end poorly.)

Vince Lombardi was once famously quoted as saying that “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up” that is the true measure of a man. Then again, he also died of stupid butthole cancer because he was too proud to get a proctoscopic exam, so what the f*ck does he know?

What we’re getting at is, there comes a time in everyone’s life where throwing in the towel doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re refusing (or unable) to get up. In the combat sports world especially, we’ve seen countless fighters place ego above all else and continue fighting well beyond the point that their bodies have told them to stop, and to what end? (More often than not,  few wholly unnecessary concussions.

So if you were, say, a 38-year-old guy who nearly died from kidney failure while competing in your first MMA fight in 5 years, you’d probably hang up the 4 oz. gloves for good and thank your God for bringing you out of that coma you were in, right? Well, not if you’re Dada 5000 you wouldn’t!

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Bellator 149 Was Every Bit the Glorious Disaster That We Expected It To Be


(Now all we need is a little music to set the mood…)

Last week, we expressed the less-than-popular opinion that the booking of Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 in the co-main event of Bellator 149 was perhaps the greatest matchmaking move in the promotion’s history. Our main argument was that, by booking such a clearly ridiculous, freakshow of a fight, Scott Coker was declaring once and for all that his promotion would not be attempting to compete with the UFC in terms of legitimate talent moving forward, but would instead be cashing in on the millennial driven, “so-bad-it’s-good” market that has begun to dominate the film and television industries in recent years.

With Slice vs. Dada now in the rearview mirror, we think it would be safe to say that we were right on the money.

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Why The Booking of Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 Signals a Brilliant Shift in Policy for Bellator

If you guys haven’t been following the lead-up to tonight’s battle between Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000, hooooo boy have you been missing out.

For starters, the fight is being billed as a matchup to determine the “King of the Streets” despite the fact that, you know, it’s being contested in a cage. Secondly, the trash-talk between the two Miami-based brawlers has been next level bonkers, with Slice calling out Mr. 5000′s “baby nuts” and challenging him to a literal dick-measuring contest at the event’s press conference earlier this week. Oh, and had we mentioned that the fight has been so heavily bet on by “three or four” mystery men that it literally forced bookmakers to shift the odds for the fight? It has been an outstanding series of events, to put it mildly.

Anyways, CagePotato recently weighed in on what this bizarre matchup means for the future of Bellator over at Uproxx, and wouldn’t you know it, we think it’s the best move that the promotion could have possibly made. Head after the jump for a little preview of our assessment and make sure to tune into what will surely be a ludicrous matchup at Bellator 149 tonight.

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Fun Fact of the Day: Gary Shaw Made a Play to Sign ‘Rampage’ to EliteXC Back in 2007


(Video courtesy of YouTube/FightHubTV)

Marcus Villegas from FightHub TV caught up with Gary Shaw at last weekend’s Chad Dawson vs. Bernard Hopkins event and the former EliteXC president revealed that he attempted to sign Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to his promotion back in 2007 prior to the former PRIDE fighter signing with the UFC.

“I know Rampage,” Shaw revealed. “I tried to sign him when I was with EliteXC.”

Shaw said that he would be interested in working with the former UFC light heavyweight champ if he is serious about moving over to boxing once his UFC contract expires.

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Dada 5000 Says He’s Fighting Kimbo in January


(To add more intrigue, winner should get to shave the loser’s head and beard. They can call the show, “Someone’s fro has to go.”)

It looks like former backyard brawlers-turned-MMA-fighters and Team Kimbo teammates Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Dhafir “Dada 5000″ Harris are going to put dough before bros when they step in the cage opposite one another in Florida in January 2012.

According to a report by our friend The Fight Nerd, Dada 5000, who is 2-0 against a pair of opponents with a combined 1-8 record,  broke the news of the yet-to-be-signed fight that is penciled in for January 12 under the World Fighting Organization (creative, huh?) banner during a recent appearance on the Rodolfo Roman Show. He also said that the bout will be a five-round heavyweight title fight, which is curious considering the WFO already has a heavyweight champ, by the name of Marcio Cruz.

Harris says that one possible venue for the show is Universal Studios in Orlando, which makes sense since both he and Ferguson came up through the backyard fighting circuit in the Sunshine State. Another possible location that has been discussed he says is the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the promotion might have to run that by a couple Italian brothers who own a casino in the city first.

Check out some videos of Dada in action after the jump.

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Backyard Brawler-Turned-MMA Fighter DaDa 5000 to Be Featured on ESPN E:60 Tuesday


(Video courtesy of YouTube/ESPNMediaZone)

If you’ve followed the backyard fighting scene the past few years, chances are you knew the names of two fighters: Kimbo Slice and DaDa 5000. Thanks to EliteXC, The Ultimate Fighter and the UFC we all know who Kimbo is, but not a lot has been revealed about the personal life of his Team Kimbo teammate, DaDa 5000, AKA Dhafir Harris.

Tuesday night ESPN will feature Harris and the bareknuckle fighting “promotion” he runs out of his mom’s backyard on an episode of its E:60 sports series.

Here’s what the press release had to say about the show:

“ESPN’s award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 profiles the unusual rise to fame of fighter Dada 5000 in the episode airing Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. ET.

In a backyard in the Miami suburb of Perrine, Fla., stands a battered 12×12 boxing ring draped with yellow caution tape. Inside this ring, two men square off without gloves, no time limits and virtually no rules. Welcome to the world of Dada 5000, a man who has made his mother’s backyard a YouTube sensation with its bareknuckle bravado. E:60 presents an unvarnished view of the emperor and his backyard coliseum.”

You might be surprised to learn that the unorthodox brawler in the video after the jump actually has a 2-0 professional MMA record.

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Video: TUF 12′s ‘Bruce Leroy’ Chokes Dude Out in the DaDa 5000 Fight Club


(Props: SOULJAHBOY1219)

We’ve already gotten a glimpse of TUF 12 castmember Alex Caceres, the afro’d cut-up who brought his own Bruce Lee costume to the set. Alex sports an MMA record of 4-2 — not including the unsanctioned backyard brawls he had in Perrine, Florida back in the day, hosted by Kimbo-esque fighter/promoter DaDa 5000 (of Dawg Fight fame). UG’er joe bruce found the above video of Caceres in one of those fights, scrapping with a gentleman named Chocolate in a 12-foot-square patch of grass. Chocolate is a handful at first, throwing wild punches and slamming Caceres on more than one occasion, but once Alex sets up the triangle choke, it’s only a matter of time before he gets the chill-dog tap. Afterwards, "Bruce" informs us that he takes slams all day, and basks in his instant celebrity. Not bad for a guy whose fight skills come from a delinquency prevention program.

Alex’s path to UFC glory begins this Wednesday night after UFC Fight Night 22 (which we’ll be liveblogging, FYI), when he does battle in the elimination round of TUF 12. For more of Bruce Leroy, check out his extended Ultimate Fighter video profile.

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