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West Perrine, Florida is a suburban ghetto in Southwest Miami-Dade County. Over 73% of its residents are African-American and more than a third of them are unemployed. Violent crimes occur on a daily basis in this neighborhood of less than two square miles, where much of its adult male population winds up dead or in prison before their 30th birthday. But there is hope in the hood... Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris (6'3", 270lbs., bench presses 670lbs) grew up blocks away from Perrine's MMA sensation, Kimbo Slice, and spent a year traveling the world as Kimbo's bodyguard. When Kimbo's manager buried video of Dada's spectacular backyard fight debut, for fear of Dada overshadowing his rising superstar, Dada leaves Kimbo's crew and makes a life-changing decision: Dada builds a ring in his momma's backyard and transforms himself into the Don King of illegal backyard fights in Perrine. No doctors, no ambulance. Just two men in a 12'x12' ring battling in a savage bare-knuckle fight to the finish. ... Written by rakontur

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Treon "Tree" Johnson died shortly before the documentary began streaming on Netflix. Johnson was tasered by Hialeah police during an altercation and died at a hospital from unspecified causes. See more »

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Sad, depressing and yet powerful
6 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the director of Cocaine Cowboys, comes a documentary about backyard "dawg" fights. Basically in the poor areas of Miami, where most people can't find work, gang violence surrounds the areas, and for one day (a week or month), there are these bare knuckle fights. Some fights are straight boxing while others are MMA style.

The documentary follows Da-da who use to roll with Kimbo Slice (who if you don't know is the most famous bareknuckle back yard brawler who made it from underground videos to the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator etc...), and his quest to get to the main street stage. He pays the fighters that win between $25 - $100 for a fight (which is more money that most of the fighters would see in a month's work - as some of them were ex-cons etc...) where someone will get knocked out, lose a tooth, or even break some bones. It's brutal and raw... it's also a sad reality that most people won't face.

It's a harsh film, where there isn't really an answer. It's just a depiction of what happens when you don't have any hope left. This is in contrast to the darker elements of cockfighting and dog fighting where people have a choice to fight or not.


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