Former rival of Kimbo Slice pays tribute

Former rival of Kimbo Slice pays tribute

By Edward Carbajal

Photo: Bellator MMA

Photo: Bellator MMA

It is not uncommon for fighters to make amends after they fight. Dhafir Harris aka Dada 5000 says he and Kimbo Slice did that and not only has his passing had an effect on him, but so has his life in general. In a recent post on social media, Harris credits Kevin Ferguson (Slice) for paving the way for him to find success and compete in professional fighting as have others from similar backgrounds.

You showed the world that a guy from the back yard circuit can make it in Professional Sports.
— Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris

What he references in his post is covered extensively in the film Dawg Fight (2015) by Billy Corben who was hesitant to report Ferguson’s death the night it happened. Like many close to Ferguson the news was sudden and hard to believe for Corben. A professional fighter dying at the relatively young age of 42 is indeed sudden, and disturbing. A report surfaced that Ferguson needed a heart transplant from The Sun Sentinel. This is raising questions about how long he was sick and how he could have been ready for his upcoming bout next month. Regardless of those issues, his mark on the sport is one many will remember for a long time.

 

Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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