Dada 5000 nearly died in the cage during his Bellator 149 fight against Kimbo Slice. Dada’s heart stopped twice that night and his kidneys failed when he was in the hospital. He’s now on the long road to recovery and is finally speaking out about what happened to him the night of the fight.
MMAFighting’s Mark Raimondi sat down with Dada and asked him what he thought of Kimbo failing the post-fight drug test.
I’m going to be honest with you. It wasn’t upsetting because that’s his M.O. Don’t think he was just taking steroids for me. He’s been taking steroids. He [took] steroids because he didn’t feel comfortable not taking them because he didn’t know how his body was going to react. He’s been taking steroids. This time he just got caught.
I don’t want to say that Bellator knew that he was on this type of sh*t, but it’s hard for me to believe that they did not know…
I just can’t wait till I’m clear to really elaborate and shock the world on what it is that happened to me. It’s bad because it put a bad taste in my mouth to the point that I could care less to ever fight MMA again. And this type of stuff like this is going to happen, then what’s going to protect the fighters?
Listen, when my kidneys went out, I had two heart attacks that triggered a lot of things inside my body. But that was induced. That was not natural. That’s as much as I can say about that. That was induced. That was not natural…
Listen, with what comes out in a second, is going to be shocking, and I don’t think nobody is going to have respect for Kimbo Slice ever again.
Mark followed up on Dada’s “big secret” and was able to pull a few more details out of him.
If I was going to have kidney failure, if I was going to have a heart attack, I would have had it in practice. When I was doing 10-minute rounds in sparring and grappling, everybody would get a break except me. I was in shape. A lot of people may think I was not in shape. But no, being in shape had nothing to do with it. This sh*t was bigger than being in or out of shape. These guys were looking to take me out at all costs. The inflammation that I’m going to submit is documented. Don’t take my word for it. It’s documented. And when Kimbo Slice feels like sh*t or anybody that’s involved, they’re going to know Dada 5000 took this seriously. They try to say, “Hey, he took the fight too soon. He cut weight too fast.” You know, man. I was cleared by all the medical doctors. Don’t try to throw that out there as scapegoat because I don’t need it. I was cleared and ready to fight. I felt great up until the time I started taking and drinking that water out of the back dressing room. I’m telling you guys this.
When asked if it was Kimbo’s team that spiked his water Dada had this to say:
If it is, we’re going to find out. But the truth of the matter is that I felt horrible after I started drinking that water. This is bigger than me. There is a lot of money on the line; millions and millions of dollars were on the betting line. I don’t know who it could have been, but I know it was not natural…
You guys want to hurt me over a fight? Just train, man, and come on and beat me hands down. If you want to beat me, you have to cheat me. I didn’t sign up for that. And now everybody wants to condone this and give this guy another fight. Where’s the punishment in that? They said three months, but guess what, he was fighting three or four months apart anyway, so he was going to be on his down time anyway. So that’s not going to affect him.
Dada says that he has proof that his water was tampered with and if that is the case this’ll be a much bigger story then it is currently.