One week later, Dada 5000 is still in the hospital.
According to a medical update posted on his Facebook page, Dada, whose real name is Dhafir Harris, will remain in the hospital through the weekend and until early next week "for continued monitoring and observation."
Harris lost by third-round TKO to Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston. He was taken out of the cage in a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. There, sources said, he suffered cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated by an on-site doctor.
Harris, 38, was then rushed to a local hospital. He was in stable condition as of last Saturday morning. Harris' family said in a statement Saturday that he had suffered "severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure."
The statement said that Harris had to lose 40 pounds in order to make the 265-pound heavyweight MMA limit. The former streetfighter, who only had two MMA bouts coming in, had a grueling, albeit slow-paced, fight with Slice, his longtime rival from Miami. In the third round, Slice grazed Harris with a punch and it seemed like it was exhaustion and his body shutting down that sent him reeling to the canvas, not the blow.
In a radio interview Tuesday with the Zaslow Show, Billy Corben, the man who directed Harris' documentary "Dawg Fight," said that Harris "absolutely" almost died and that nurses were saying he had made a "miraculous" and "phenomenal" recovery.
Corben said Harris' body began betraying him as early as the first round against Slice.
"As it turns out, he was dying," Corben said. "His body was shutting down during that fight, having nothing whatsoever to do with his fight training, but with his nutrition and dietary issues."