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Is DaDa 5000 the King of the Streets? Kimbo Slice couldn't care less

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Dhafir Harris, better known as Dada 5000, believes he'll represent the streets of Miami when he meets Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149 on February 19 in Houston.

"He's a seven-figure n----- that moved in with the white folks," DaDa said.

Slice, for his part, makes it equally clear that if DaDa wants to proclaim himself king of the hood, that's fine with him.

"I don't care what he has to say about the community and what he do," Slice said. "I'm a family man. I got a wife. I got six kids. The goal when you're a kid is to move up and out of the hood."

The two were in town recently to work on promos for the Feb. 19 card in the same studio in which the legendary music video for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was shot.

Unlike the chaotic scene at the end of the video, DaDa and Kimbo were kept apart. That could be in part because Dada, who has gained a measure of notoriety since the release last year of the popular Netflix documentary Dawg Fight, won't let the matter of who's real drop. DaDa, who promotes backyard fights in the Miami suburb of West Perrine, ripped into Slice for what he perceives as Slice's lack of connection to his roots.

"People is just focused and disappointed that you never came back," Dada said. "That was the thing. You never came back. You know there's people suffering inside of the city. You know? You know what needs to be done. That's why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The majority of the celebrities never have to pay for anything, hardly ever. They get caught doing a lot of stuff. So why don't you use your black star power like I use it and go get toys for the kids this December? Get turkeys for the community, put a smile on people's face."

Slice, of course, was the original YouTube street fighting sensation, parlaying his internet infamy into big bucks. He and his manage "Icy" Mike Imber have been smart about handling their business, knowing when to strike, when to lie low, and just how long to wait before returning to the public spotlight.

As far as Slice is concerned, that's the whole point of the game. Bragging rights on the streets don't get you paid.

"I don't care what he has to say about the community and what he do, the 41-year-old Slice said. "I'm a family man. I got a wife. I got six kids. The goal when you're a kid is to move up and out of the hood. And that's just the goal for anybody who has an opportunity to make it on any level. From basketball to skating to f------ football playing to baseball playing, your goal is to make it out of the hood."

Kimbo was just getting started.

"For him to say I don't represent the hood, I have no f------ reason to go back to my old neighborhood, my friends ain't down there," Slice said. "My true friends are successful. They have grew up, and grew out of the hood. I f--- with them on the outside of the hood. The new people that are up in the hood now? I know of you, but I don't f--- with you like that. It ain't like we were buddies, and we were drinking beer and hanging out. If that was the case, I'd still be in the hood. You know what I'm saying? That ain't my thing no more. I've got a family now."

No one here is pretending we're going to see mixed martial arts at its most skillful when they settled their long-held dispute in the Bellator cage. DaDa, for his part, has only fought two sanctioned fights. But that's not the point, as far as he's concerned.

"I'm just one of the ones that was sent to do what the community has been wanting to do, and that's remind this guy of where he come from," DaDa said. "You know? He's lost before. But this loss is going to be the most painful because of who it was delivered by. You could not have gotten knocked out by a better man than the hands of DaDa 5000."

Slice, for his part, sounds like a man who's getting sick of hearing his opponent's song and dance.

"He think's he's the people's champ, the hood's with him," Slice said. "I don't give a f--- about that. You need to be concentrating on what I'm saying to you. I am going to try to f--- you up. I have the ability to do it, You're worrying about the wrong s---. ... Split him, slice him up, break his jaw real quick. If he falls down with his arms all stiff like I'm predicting he will, I'm going to go for an armbar so quick, I'm going to try to break it before the refs pulls me off him."