Dhafir “DaDa 5000” Harris
From humble beginnings to mixed martial arts bout dominance, the 6’3″ 275 pound Dhafir “DaDa 5000” Harris is emerging as an international star.
DaDa was born on August 4, 1977 in Cat Island, Bahamas but quickly moved to Miami as a newborn to receive medical treatment for streptococcus meningitis. The intense medical treatment lasted for six months. According to DaDa’s mother, Eleanor Stewart (affectionately known as “Sista”), he amazingly grew in to three year-old toddler clothing during the treatment process. Doctors told her that he would be able to live a normal life. Based on his strength and the will to live he exuded, she knew it was a sign that he would be destined for greatness.
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DaDa worked as a correctional officer between 1997 and 2000. He decided it was time to make a career change and accepted an opportunity to work for the Department of Children and Families from 2000- 2004. In 2005, DaDa took a leave of absence from his job to work with his childhood friend Kimbo Slice (street fighter turned professional boxer) and explore the opportunities inside the underground backyard fight world. In March 2010, with five backyard fights under his belt, DaDa made his MMA pro debut at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL through the Action Fight League against Cedrick “Killa Gorilla” James. DaDa defeated James by knockout within 2 minutes and 25 seconds of the first round. His second pro MMA fight took place in February 2011 at Florida International University in Miami, FL through Mixed Fighting Alliance against Timothy Papp, Jr. DaDa defeated Papp within 52 seconds of the first round via knockout.
DaDa has graced the pages of the Miami New Times, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, Maxim and ESPN The Magazine. His rise in popularity granted him an invitation to be featured in a commercial with golf champions Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino, of which DaDa also co-choreographed the fight scenes. He has also appeared in music videos with Grammy nominated R&B and Hip-Hop artist/producer Akon and has garnered multiple guest spot invites on various radio and television shows. When not training or fighting, DaDa is busy organizing some of the most prominent matches in the underground backyard world. DaDa has built a reputation as the “Don King of backyard brawling” for taking on the roles of broker, promoter and referee.
With a growing fan base, DaDa is bracing himself for worldwide impact and believes that creative minds never take a day off.