Dawg Fight is a documentary that is currently on Netflix Streaming. It is about bare knuckle fighters in the poor suburbs outside of the Miami area. Dada 5000 is promoting these bare knuckle fights in the neighborhood. These fights are extremely dangerous and difficult to watch. West Perrine is a neighborhood that has unemployment rates 1/3 higher than the national average. Fighting is a way for some of these individuals to make money. This small town is plagued with high murder rates. Ironically, fighting is the safer way for some of the residents to settle their differences.
Dada 5000 became interested in this profession because he grew up within blocks of Kimbo Slice. Dawg Fight shows a clip of Dada 5000 losing a bare knuckle match to Kimbo Slice. After touring as Kimbo Slice’s body guard, he comes back to the hood to create a 12′ X 12′ ring in his backyard. The fights are illegal, but cops are accepting of it. They accept the fighting because they know the town will be at the fight, so the residents won’t be getting involved in worst things during that time. The fights are set up by using cheap tarp to cover the fences and there is a VIP area which is created using caution tape. They charge people $20 to see the fight. The residents that can’t afford to pay, climb up trees and watch. Dawg Fight gives you a background of each fighter. The sad truth is that all of them were locked up in prison. Training for a violent fight is there way to stay away from trouble.
Dawg Fight introduces us to two individuals that end up fighting each other. Chauncey is a tough fighter, that the older women believe no one should be messing with. Tree is a young contender that thinks he may have what it takes to beat Chauncey. After a great battle, Chauncey does end up with the win. Days later Chauncey gets into a dispute with his girlfriend’s brother. He ends up shot in the back of the head and is taken to the hospital on life support. Days later they pull the plug on him. Tree, ends up getting tasered by the police and dies from injuries sustained. Unfortunately, this is a real documentary and those were real people.
Other graphic scenes include fighters breaking their wrist, losing teeth, getting cut up badly, and even being knocked out unconscious. These men don’t have appropriate medical care at the fights. Many of them heal themselves because they can’t afford to see a doctor. Dada 5000 doesn’t earn much of a profit, as he pays out the fighters. The documentary concludes with Dada 5000 being scouted. He trains for a fight at the nearby Hard Rock Seminole Casino. His frightening opponent is a fighter named Cedric. Dada 5000 wins the fight and based on the internet is currently 2-0 as an MMA fighter.
Truly a great document with graphic fight scenes. It makes you realize that there are people out there that are really struggling. West Perrine is a difficult neighborhood to grow up in and I want to see those individuals succeed without violence and bare knuckle fighting.