A proposed mixed martial arts match between former renowned street-fighters Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-2) and Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris (2-0) has been targeted for January 12th. According to reports from The Fight Nerd, the match could either take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, or Universal Studios in Florida. A specific promotion has not been announced.
While the bout has no actual impact on the legitimate mixed martial arts scene, it does create an rather fascinating narrative to follow from a human interest perspective. Both fighters have roots nestled in internet infamy, with YouTube videos fashioning a persona they parlayed into MMA income.
Ferguson rode his fame into a starring role within the now-defunct EliteXC promotion, before a sudden loss to Seth Petruzelli derailed the hype train. He eventually found his way into the Octagon by participating as a cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter Season 10" -- earning some of the highest ratings the show had ever seen -- before washing out of the UFC with a 1-1 record.
Meanwhile, Harris rose to notoriety on the heels of his Florida-based backyard street-fighting "promotions" run out of his mother's backyard, of which several notable fighters have roots, including TUF 12's Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres. ESPN's E:60 profiled the bizarre world of "Dada 5000" earlier this year. Since trying his hand at professional mixed martial arts, the 34-year-old has amassed a 2-0 record, though his fight against Cedric James is mired in controversy.