Cape Town - It was far from the barn
burner or rock 'em sock 'em robot type of fight we expected but Kimbo Slice
walked away the victor on Friday night.
Overcoming severe exhaustion, Slice knocked out his old friend and
rival Dhafir Harris (Dada 5000), with a third-round flurry of strikes in the
co-main event of Friday nights Bellator 149 card according to Nick Strickland of MMALatestNews.com.
Although it was a bizarre
ending to a highly anticipated grudge match, Kimbo managed to make good on the
promises he made during fight week.
"Losing is not an option for me," Slice said the post-fight presser.
got to really just beat the hell out of me in there. I never give up. I don't
care if you've got a submission, you're going to have to break it. If you got a
neck, you're going to have to choke me out, put me to sleep. And if you got
better hands, you're going to have to knock me out silly for the ref to stop
"I'm that type of fighter. I'm not going to
never, never just give up in a fight. As long as I can breathe, and I can get
back to my feet, we're going to go."
Conditioning proved to be the biggest factor on the night as both Slice
and Harris gases early. The technique flew out the window and even veteran
referee John McCarthy had to, numerous times, stand the action back up even tho
Slice was in a full mount.
Slice (6-2) like always was the most critical of his performance,
expressing how the weight difference between himself and Harris affected his
cardio and conditioning.
"It was really the weight. I underestimated the
weight. It's all good. It went three rounds, I did good."
"It lets me know that I have to continue to train
with a little bit more bigger guys to get to used the weight. He was a pretty
strong dude. He took punches better than I thought, but hard work in training
camp pays off."
The 42-year-old Slice has come along way since appearing on YouTube
some nine or so years ago. From straight stand up machine to now having some
what of a ground game, Kimbo still has some aspirations to end a fight via
"How epic would it be if I finsihed a fight with
some submissions? Right? That's what I'm saying, man. I still have
Kimbo finally put away a long time rival in Dada 5000 and in doing so
can now move onto the next opponent. With no name or event mentioned all Slice
knows is that he wants to get back in the cage in July.