February 26

Billy Corben never expected to see Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000 fight in MMA


A lot of people following the story of Dada 5000 and MMA veteran Kimbo Slice were definitely caught by surprise on last Wednesday’s event. Dada 5000, whose real name is Dhafir Harris, met his rival Kimbo Slice met and made a scene, as expected. The two barely allowed one another to speak and even threw ugly threats and curses.

“Listen, when you look at ignorant people, he’s at the top of my list. I think he called me a p***y n***a or something like that when he first came on. I wanted to get up right then and there. I really did, because I told him, I’m not scared of you. That’s just the difference between me and anybody that you’ve ever faced. I’m not scared of you. I’m going to test you from the crown of your head to the sole of your feet,” Dada 5000 said.

“He’s struck fear inside of a lot of guys. He tried to look at me in St. Louis (at Bellator Dynamite 1) with those bedroom eyes. Stop it, Ferg. I got a two-year-old niece that makes a scarier face than that. I’m here, and I’m not here by accident. We’re here to do damage. We’re here to put in work, man,” he added.

MMA dada 5000 kimbo slice2Billy Corben, the director of The U and Cocain Cowboys, has been following both MMA fighters since they started fighting in backyard brawls in Miami. Corben brought his crew to film the life of these fighters, getting all the escalations on record.

As expected, not too many studios agreed to publish the first film because of its violence. Yet somehow all fell into place and eventually had the film released. During the last few parts of the film, Dada 5000 was seen challenging Kimbo Slice into a fight. A few years later, Corben’s foresight eventually paid off because now, both fighter are finally meeting inside the MMA cage.

“It’s a little surreal. It’s like art imitating life a little bit. The truth of the matter is that we make documentaries. We make pop docs, and that isn’t just art. That is life. It’s weird, you do all of this and then it’s like, the last line of the movie basically says Dawg Fight 2 is Dada versus Kimbo. And here we are. There’s something cool about that, but there’s also something that, Dada gets very spiritual about it. That, sort of, the universe has responded to that,” Corben said.

“I don’t know if I believe in that, per se, but it’s definitely kind of like you get out of it what you put into it. Dada put that idea into the air, and then Dawg Fight brought that idea into the world, that people would like to see Kimbo fight Dada. And Bellator said, ‘s**t yeah, we want to see that fight!’ And it’s craziness. You have these legends of the game (Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie) here fighting, and they’re like the most civil, gentlemen warriors. But everybody wants to know, ‘oh f**k, how can we press buttons,’ wanting to ask questions (to Harris and Slice) that would create more friction and fireworks.So it was funny to watch that happen, and if nothing else, I think we can all agree that it’s good television,” he added.


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