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Bellator’s Scott Coker addresses Dada 5000’s health issues, recent comments

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What caused Dada 5000’s health issues during and after his fight with Kimbo Slice still seems to be unknown. But it had nothing to do with his weight cut, according to Scott Coker.

The Bellator MMA president, speaking for the first time publicly about Dada 5000’s serious health scare, said Dada was only one pound off weight when he arrived in Houston the week of his Bellator 149 fight with Slice Feb. 19.

“He didn’t have weight-cutting to do,” Coker told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “That’s where there’s a lot of misinformation and people aren’t getting their facts straight.”

Dada 5000, whose real name is Dhafir Harris, told MMA Fighting last week that he was healthy and in shape for the fight with Slice. Yet as soon as he got to the arena and began drinking the water backstage, things started to change. Harris collapsed in the third round against Slice and lost via TKO.

Afterward, Harris suffered cardiac arrest and kidney failure. He spent two weeks in a Houston hospital recovering. And things were almost even worse. Harris almost died.

“I was cleared by all the medical doctors,” Harris said. “Don’t try to throw that out there as scapegoat because I don’t need it. I was cleared and ready to fight. I felt great up until the time I started taking and drinking that water out of the back dressing room. I’m telling you guys this.”

Harris insinuated that Slice’s team tampered with his pre-fight preparation.

Slice’s victory over Harris has been overturned to a no contest due to Slice’s failed drug test for steroids. Slice also received a fine and a 90-day suspension from the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration. He’ll be back in action, though, against James Thompson at Bellator ….View full article

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