Bellator 149: “Shamrock vs. Gracie” took place Feb. 19, 2016 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Even though the third and final encounter between Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie headlined, history will also remember the show as the last fight of the late Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris had a rough night in February after his loss to Kimbo. Harris left on a stretcher that night and had an extended stay at the hospital afterward, but he’s still alive today and has a story to tell.
Speaking to Paul Gant on the Go 4 It show, Dada reveals a new side to their historic encounter that you’ve likely never heard before, one that involves him being POISONED before their epic battle.
“Man listen I’m not insinuating. Something in the water was definitely not clean. I came there to compete. Kimbo’s been there before. This is my first time being on the level of that magnitude, right? But I had been on various other levels. I already was prominent, I already was a figure, already was known to millions of individuals worldwide prior to me coming to Bellator right? I took on certain things and they seen that there was no fear inside me, and all I’m saying is what happened to me. Who did it? That remains to be seen.”
That’s not the only thing Dada is insinuating. Mr. Harris may see another conspiracy in the fact Kimbo tested positive for performance enhancing drugs after their fight was over.
“For me to pass a drug test, they took urine and so forth from me 30 minutes before I went out in the fight. They came back and said it was good. They also did the same thing to Kimbo Slice. So at the end of the day if they came back and told me I was good, I’m pretty sure they told him something else. But that remains to be something that production has to deal with because I do understand that the fight was that big.”
So far on Dada’s laundry list we have him being poisoned before the fight, and being sent out against a juiced-up monster in a drug-addled state, but for the coup de grâce he implies it was an intricate plot to destroy his credibility.
“You know I really feel like it was designed for Kimbo Slice to come out on steroids and just destroy me in front of the world, and make me and the backyard movement look like a laughing joke. It didn’t look like that. I still lasted to the third round.”
“Lasted” is really the only accurate word for a fight that did not deliver on its promises, but Harris insists that the bout made Kimbo out to be the real charlatan.
“You’ve got the skills, you had the technique, you had the experience. Your hands were supposed to be legitimately better than mine. I was willing to come out and duke it out with that dude. I didn’t take him to the ground. When we went to the ground he took ME to the ground, but he’s the boxing beast. I was willing to get out there and trade hands with you, but when I rushed him back to the cage, survival mode kicked in.”
God bless the dead though, because only Dada is still around to give his side of the story.