Dhafir “DaDa 5000” Harris’ humble beginnings as a “public” figure originated in the underground world of backyard fighting. Dhafir took a leave of absence from his job in 2005 to join his childhood friend, Kimbo Slice (street fighter turned MMA champion) to explore the opportunities provided by this backyard fighting culture. As an undefeated backyard fighter and part-time body guard for Kimbo Slice, Dhafir decided that he was ready to move from the backyard to the pros. In March 2010, Dhafir made his MMA pro debut as a member of the Action Fight League against Cedrick “Killer Gorilla” James, who he subsequently defeated within 2 minutes and 52 seconds of the first round. Dhafir’s fighting career was on the rise and in February 2011, he won his second fight in Miami, Florida as a member of the Mixed Fighting Alliance. Dhafir defeated Timothy Papp, Jr. within 52 seconds of the first round via knockout. Despite Dhafir’s success as a professional fighter, he felt something was missing. Dhafir quickly realized that his talent didn’t rest in the strength of his fists, but it resided in the strength of his mind. Dhafir’s desire to help those in his community fight their fight out of poverty would soon become his driving force for every success that he would eventually acquire.
Dhafir would soon take his talents back to Perrine, Florida’s famous Greenhouse backyard, but this time not as a fighter but as a promoter and referee. Dhafir’s uncanny ability to draw a crowd and put on a spectacular show would prove fruitful for many of the fighters and local hip hop artists who participated in the backyard events. Dhafir was quickly emerging as much more than a promoter/referee, but as an all-around entertainer for the local masses. Dhafir’s events caught the eye of local media and soon he found himself as a frequent feature story in local newspapers and magazines. Dhafir’s early accomplishments landed him on the pages of the Miami New Times, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, Maxim and ESPN the Magazine. This local notoriety also caught the attention of nationally known documentary director, Billy Corben. Dhafir and Billy soon forged a professional friendship that would change both of their lives forever.
Dhafir’s success as a “backyard” entertainer and promoter of a new fight “movement” opened the door for many radio guest appearances. Dhafir has been a guest on Power 96, ESPN Radio, iHeart Radio, 99 Jamz, and Opie Radio just to name a few. Dhafir isn’t a stranger to the big screen either, with signature appearances in hip hop artist Akon’s music video “Hurt Somebody” and John Paul’s music video “Toe2Toe – Southpaw”. He has also appeared in EA Sports Commercial Promo for “Tiger Woods the Rumble”. Dhafir also appeared as the referee in the “Battleship I” live streaming event of the debut of his new fight league, BYB Extreme. However, his most esteemed accomplishment on the big screen is his role as the star of Billy Corben’s world renowned Netflix documentary “Dawg Fight” which was released in March 2015. Dawg Fight was in the number one spot on Netflix within a month of its release. Dhafir appeared on the cover of Rolling Stones Magazine in July 2015, landing him a seven page spread documenting his personal success journey and the launching of his new fight league. Dhafir “DaDa 5000” Harris is a natural born entertainer, who draws his viewer in and keeps them longing for the next big show.