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Dhafir Harris Injury: Updates on Fighter's Status and Recovery

Feb 19, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Dada 5000 (blue gloves) prior to his Heavyweight fight against Kimbo Slice (not pictured) at Bellator 149 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2016

MMA fighter Dhafir Harris, 38, collapsed because of exhaustion in the third round of a Feb. 19 fight against Kimbo Slice, who earned what was deemed a TKO.

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Harris Released From Hospital

Thursday, March 3

Harris released a new statement on his Facebook page confirming he'd been released from the hospital:


Bellator President Comments on Harris' Recovery

Monday, Feb. 22


Harris' Manager Comments on Fighter's Health

Monday, Feb. 22

Brett Okamoto of ESPN spoke to Harris' manager, who said Harris is "walking around and asking to be released," that they're awaiting lab tests and that the fighter should be released by the end of the week.


Harris Stable After Leaving Fight on a Stretcher

Saturday, Feb. 20

After he went down, Harris, nicknamed Dada 5000, was given oxygen and stretchered off, as MMA on SiriusXM showed:

He was taken to the hospital, where his condition was listed as serious. According to Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter, multiple sources confirmed the fighter was in critical condition after the bout. His heart reportedly stopped, and he was put on a ventilator.

Botter reported Saturday that Harris was in stable condition, and the fighter's family released this statement:

By his family's descriptions, Harris underwent quite the transformation just to get his body ready to fight. Being on such a big stage with his adrenaline pumping might have been too much for the 6'2", 257-pound street fighter.

Depending how his body responds to this, it might be best for Harris to call it quits and focus on recovering and getting healthy.

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