Dhafir ‘Dada 5000’ Harris vs. Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149 in 2016 was easily one of the worst fights in recent memory, and when it emerged that Dada had been taken to hospital suffering from heart failure afterwards, Rogan didn’t hold back criticizing the fighter’s conditioning.
“Yeah, his heart stopped,” Rogan said on his ‘Fight Companion’ show. “It was filled with cheeseburgers and fried chicken and orange soda.
“He didn’t train. There was no way he trained. I mean, he might have trained for a couple of days. You should have lost 40 pounds before. It’s not like you didn’t know you were going to do this.”
Harris was still in hospital at the time, so furious members of his family blasted Rogan in a statement on social media.
“The Harris Family is appalled at the overtly racist and offensive comments directed at Dada 5000 by Joe Rogan. We don’t recall Mr. Rogan ever challenging anyone with this amount of vitriol and ignorant racial overtones, all directed to a man who is still hospitalized.
“Mocking Dada 5000 with hurtful and racist comments is despicable and divisive and has no place in the sport of mixed martial arts or in our society.”