Dhafir Harris

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    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Dawg Fight Star Dada 5000's Latest Backyard Brawl Hit With State Cease-and-Desist Letter

    Dada 5000 -- the Mohawked, muscled monolith born Dhafir Harris but better known as the P.T. Barnum of Miami's backyard fisticuffs -- spotted them through the window. It was July 5, and the promoter was chilling at home, the same "Famous Green House" where thousands of knuckle-busters and bloody no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Dada 5000 Kicks It With Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Lee Trevino

    Ever since Tiger Woods shot a videogame commercial with Miami's backyard fight king Dhafir Harris, AKA Dada 5000, the planet's most famous professional golfer is winning again and back on top of the world rankings. Coincidence? We think not. Because all Dada 5000 does is win, win, win, baby.About a ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Suleiman Yousef Wins Bare Knuckle MMA Grudge Match at Dada 5000's Gym (Video)

    Suleiman Yousef came to kick some ass, and he did. ​Over the weekend, Dhafir Harris, aka Dada 5000 -- the Perrine-based Kimbo Slice protege trying to bring backyard fighting into the mainstream -- invited Riptide to watch a grudge match between a pair of dudes who don't like each other one b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Dhafir Harris, AKA Dada 5000, Gets National Press Ahead of Dawg Fight, New Rakontur Doc

    Dhafir Harris, AKA Dada 5000, king of back-yard fights, has plenty to be thankful for. Three years ago, the Perrine native decided being a member of Kimbo Slice's entourage wasn't for him, so he set out to become the P.T. Barnum of Miami's back-yard fighting circuit. We chronicled the early days of ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Dada 5000 Opens a Brawlers Academy

    ​While covering Miami-Dade's back-yard brawl, we come across some real pretenders, dudes who really just can't cut it when they step into the ring. Either they're out of shape or simply don't have a grasp on the basics of fisticuffs. You see a lot of dudes taking wild swings or getting winded afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Watch ESPN's E:60 Feature On Miami-Dade's Backyard Fight King

    Andy Hernandez​In case you missed it, we've embedded the 12-minute ESPN E:60 segment on Dhafir Harris, aka Dada 5000, and his backyard brawling tournaments. Although the feature rehashes Harris' story and the illegal aspect of his events first told by New Times, the footage of dudes beating each o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris On ESPN's E:60 Tonight

    ​Dhafir Harris, AKA Dada 5000, and his backyard fights circus gets put under ESPN's microscope tonight. The sports network's news magazine show E:60 is featuring the Don King of bareknuckle, no rules brawling tonight at 7 p.m.Even though it has been two years since New Times featured Harris and in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Dada 5000 Delivers On Guarantee, Crushes Timothy Papp Jr.

    Andy HernandezDada 5000 is now 2-0.​Fifty seconds. That's how quick Dhafir Harris, aka Dada 5000, dispatched Timothy Papp Jr., an Oklahoma MMA fighter with more experience than the Perrine Spartan. Prior to stepping into the ring with Papp, Harris told New Times, "I need to inflict pain on him rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Dada 5000 Fights at FIU Campus, Announces End of Backyard Fights

    Andy HernandezDada 5000 gears up for second fight.​Dhafir Harris, aka Dada 5000, is back in the MMA ring this Saturday night. The Perrine Spartan is the second headline match for the Mixed Fighting Alliance's event at the U.S. Century Bank Arena located in the south campus of Florida International ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    October 21, 2010

    Action Fight League Holding Audition for MMA Hopefuls

    MMA 2 The Max​Attention big palookas dreaming of being the next Brock Lesnar! The Action Fight League wants to see if you have what it takes to enter the octagon at the Hard Rock Live. The AFL is hosting an MMA audition this Saturday at its North Miami Beach gym for aspiring mixed martial artists. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Rene Martinez Continues Leveling 'Em Out

    C. Stiles​A year ago we chronicled the life of Rene Martinez, a Miami Cuban American who went from gang-banging hell-raiser to a humble God-fearing MMA warrior. Since that cover story, Martinez, known by his street name "Level," has won his first three matches as a professional and starred in a fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    UPDATE: Backyard Fights in Perrine Canceled

    C. Stiles​UPDATE:Earlier tonight, we received a text from Dhafir Harris that tomorrow's backyard brawl is off. Government interference, apparently. Via text, Harris explains: "Do 2 The Rapid Growth of BkYrd Fights DADA ran n 2 legal issues wit the local Authority's."Kimbo Slice's short lived caree ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    MMA Madness Hits the BankUnited Center Tonight

    C. StilesRene "Level" Martinez gears up for his second pro fight against Charles Champion​Inside a mixed martial arts training studio just a block east of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Charles Champion takes a seat on the blue mat where for the past month he has been trai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The Hialeah Champ and the Cuban Assassin Get It Done

    Alex Izaguirre​ A steady downpour did not dampen the mood of the bloodthirsty crowd that came out to Dhafir Harris's back yard in Perrine this past Saturday. About 100 spectators saw ten bare-knuckles brawlers put on a gruesome show -- which even featured a main event cage rematch between Whi ... More >>

  • News

    September 3, 2009

    On the Level

    Part thug, part street fighter, Rene Martinez flattens his opponents. Can his punch save him from himself?

  • News

    December 11, 2008

    Can a Kimbo Slice Protégé Become a Ghetto Superstar?

    Whatever the outcome, Dhafir Harris does it with no fear.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    The Perrine Spartan

    Down south, between Pinecrest and Homestead, lies a place where boys don't run, don't cower, and certainly don't cry when it comes time to stand their ground. They call this poverty-stricken, bleak community Perrine. Here, banging fists in the street is as common as the ice cream truck coming down t ... More >>