After the embarrassing fight between Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000 this past weekend, outspoken UFC commentator made some rather questionable remarks poking fun of Dada 5000 (real name Dhafir Harris.)
Rogan, in an interview, stated that Harris looked as if he was filled with "cheeseburgers, fried chicken, and orange soda." Harris' family took offense. In a statement released yesterday, Harris' family said:
"We don't recall Mr. Rogan ever challenging anyone with this amount of vitriol and ignorant racial overtones, all directed to a man who is still hospitalized."
The family went on to defend the fighter's physique:
"For the record, Dada lost 40lbs over course of 3 1/2 months while in training camp where he had a boxing coach an MMA coach, and a nutritionist hired by his team. As fight week approached Dada was only 2-3 pounds over fight weight. He took this fight very seriously as evidenced by his gutsy performance. Mocking Dada 5000 with hurtful and racist comments is despicable and divisive and has no place in the sport of mixed martial arts or in our society."
Obviously, Harris' family was disturbed by the comments made on the Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience: Champion Edition. Harris was hospitalized due to renal failure and dehydration. He had to be resuscitated after his loss.
Here's the full statement:
BYB Extreme Fighting Series - February 20 at 1:10pm
Statement from the Family of Dhafir Harris - DADA 5000
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.
Dada showed the heart of a lion in the cage- not backing down throughout. He worked extremely hard preparing for the fight and stepped forward for 3 rounds against a tough veteran. He kept digging through the adversity- leaving it all in the cage for his fans and supporters. You can never take that away from him.
We'd like to thank all those who have supported Dada as well as express our sincere appreciation to Scott Coker and the good people at BELLATOR and Spike who have been on-site to visit Dada and support the family.
We ask for the public and media to respect Dada's privacy as he recovers.