Dada 5000 Brings Red October To His Backyard On Saturday

While we're still anxiously awaiting Rakontur's Dawg Fight documentary about backyard brawling in Miami-Dade, the P.T. Barnum/Spartan of Perrine Dhafir Harris, AKA Dada 5000, is gearing up for his last big event this Saturday. "I'm calling it Red October," Harris says. "There is going to be a lot of red in that 12x12 ring."

We've been chronicling Harris since the early days of his backyard fights in 2008, watching every local and national press outlet follow-up our cover story with their own stylized coverage of the bare-knuckle pugilism that goes down in the backyard of his mom's bright green-colored house on SW 179th Street. Unless a television production company offers him a reality series, Harris says he's done after Oct. 27.

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"I don't want to become stagnant," he says. "I've already proven myself by taking backyard fighting to the mainstream masses."

Indeed. ESPN's E:60 featured Harris and his blood-curdling circuit last year. It doesn't get more mainstream than that. Since then, the Perrine Spartan has been promoting his own entertainment career. He plays a cage fighter in Akon's video for the song "Hurt Somebody." Harris also says he is being courted by some big names in boxing, including rapper 50 Cent. "I have a lot of opportunities on the table to take my game to the next level," he says.

For Saturday's six-card event, Harris says he will have his own film crew on hand and plans to use the footage to make his own backyard fights video. "It's a precursor to the Rakontur documentary," Harris explains. "And I wanted the guys fighting on Saturday to have something because they know this is the last one."

Obviously, Saturday's combatants are not up-and-coming professional fighters. They're neighborhood brawlers with names like Ghost, Choc, Yello Boy, Bay Bay, Boom Dock, and Wee Wee.

"Boom Dock is a dude who was on his way to going pro," Harris offers. "But he got sidetracked because of problems with the law. He got caught driving with a suspended license while he was on probation. He had to go to jail for two years. He's back now and ready to make a statement."

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.