Dafir “Dada 5000” Harris was in the fight of his life last night.
And no, I don’t mean that ugly spectacle in the co-main event of Bellator 149, where Harris (pictured above, right) faced Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
I mean afterwards, where he nearly died in a Houston area hospital — reportedly due to the massive weight cut he underwent to make the bout’s contracted 265 lb limit.
As reported by Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report:
BREAKING: Multiple sources confirm Dhafir Harris was in critical condition overnight. His heart stopped and he was placed on a ventilator.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 20, 2016
A statement was later made by the Harris family:
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.
So, yes, thankfully, Harris appears to have made a recovery.
But what if he hadn’t? Would MMA recover?
As reported here by Jim Genia, ONE Championship essentially ended the practice of weight cut via dehydration last year following the death of one of their competitors. It can be done, and the sport would only benefit.
Imagine fighters plying their trade without having dehydrating themselves. Imagine the fights we could see — and more importantly, imagine the fights that they won’t have to fight.
Sometimes, to the death.