Dada 5000 & BYB Extreme: Revolutionizing Combat Sports
Dada 5000 & BYB Extreme: Revolutionizing Combat Sports
By Jason Bolton January 16, 2024 09:52
The BYB Story: From Backyard Brawls to Global Fame
Born from the gritty backyard fights organized by Dada 5000 in Miami, Florida, BYB Extreme Fighting Series has come a long way since its inception. It all began in Dada's mother's notorious green house in Perrine, where he organized unsanctioned bare-knuckle fights. These bouts, originally designed to keep young men off the streets during the 2008 recession, soon caught the attention of the media and became the subject of the 2015 documentary, "Dawg Fight."
The BYB Extreme Fighting Series, co-founded by Dada 5000 and former NASCAR team owner Mike Vazquez in 2015, has been a testament to the growth of bare-knuckle fighting. The organization, which was once considered a backyard pastime, has now evolved into a global phenomenon, gaining traction locally, nationally, and even internationally.
The Dada 5000 Journey: A Tale of Resilience
Dada 5000, known for his exploits as a bare-knuckle fighter, has also made a mark as an entrepreneur and visionary in the world of combat sports. Rising from hosting backyard fights, he has emerged as a key figure in the growth of combat sports. His journey from the underground fight scene to leading one of the fastest-growing sports organizations in the world showcases his entrepreneurial acumen and strategic vision. Dada 5000's commitment to promoting and legitimizing bare-knuckle fighting has not only garnered attention for the sport but has also opened new avenues for fighters and fans alike. His relentless pursuit of success and innovation has cemented his status as a trailblazer in the world of combat sports.
BYB's Star-Studded Roster
The BYB Extreme Fighting Series has distinguished itself by not only focusing on star power but also by signing fighters who are known to deliver thrilling and captivating fights. The organization has successfully brought in top stars of bare-knuckle fighting, such as Ulysees Diaz, Mark Irwin, Ike Villanueva, Cub Hawkins, Andre Ewell, Rashad Coulter and many others. These athletes bring a distinctive blend of skill, power, and charisma to the Trigon, ensuring that each fight is a spectacle worth watching. Not only does BYB have an exciting roster but they also work with the likes of Mike Goldberg the former voice of the UFC and Championship Boxer Paulie Malignaggi.
BYB Extreme has continuously showcased the most exciting and purest form of combat sports, prioritizing the creation of its own stars rather than relying solely on established fighters from other disciplines. The company's commitment to promoting women and multiculturalism in the sport further demonstrates its dedication to fostering a diverse and inclusive fighting environment. With a keen focus on delivering exhilarating matchups, the organization's approach has not only attracted established stars but also nurtured emerging talents, ultimately elevating the sport of bare-knuckle fighting to new heights .
The Trigon: Revolutionizing Combat Sports
One of BYB's most innovative contributions to combat sports is the "mighty Trigon," a patented triangular ring design. Considered the smallest fighting surface in combat sports, the Trigon is designed to push the action to the center of the ring, resulting in high adrenaline matches with a high knockout rate.
Stephen A. Smith & BYB: Controversy Sparks Conversation
BYB Extreme has not been immune to controversy. Notably, ESPN talk show host Stephen A. Smith called for the banning of bare-knuckle fighting on his podcast after Mark "The Shark" Irwin went viral for his Fight of the Year at BYB 22, where he sustained a hematoma. Critics argue that while these injuries may look severe, they are not as serious as less visible injuries like concussions, which are more common in other combat sports.
The BYB Bare Knuckle Fighting Series has experienced remarkable growth, escalating from 6 fights in 2022 to 9 fights across 3 continents in 2023. This included the groundbreaking first-ever sanctioned bare knuckle event in the Middle East and the inaugural PG International Cup international tournament in London. The Denver debut proved to be the most successful show ever, featuring the intense Paty-Monica 3 bout and LT's first bare-knuckle gold victory, alongside the legendary Irwin-Tanori fight. With 12 events scheduled for 2024, the BYB series continues to expand its reach.
The Future of BYB Extreme Fighting Series
Notable upcoming events include BYB 23 in Pembroke Pines, FL, on Jan 18, featuring the rubber match between Hatch and Martinjak, Lerwell-Hawkins for PG 185, and the debuts of Uly and the return of Rene Rodriguez. Following this, BYB 24, set for Super Bowl Weekend on Sat Feb 10, will be headlined by two title fights:
- Ike Villanueva vs DJ Linderman for the Heavyweight Title
- Harold McQueen vs Brandon Birr Featherweight Title Rematch
The organization continues to rise, drawing attention from combat sports enthusiasts and critics alike. As BYB Extreme continues to grow and evolve, one thing is clear – this combat sports series is here to stay.
In 2023, the BYB Fighting Series partnered with beIN SPORTS XTRA and beIN SPORTS XTRA en Español to offer free, 24/7 English and Spanish-language live sports channels, with plans for expansion in 2024.
The BYB Extreme Fighting Series is not just a combat sports organization; it is a testament to the power of innovation, resilience, and the undying human spirit. Despite the controversies and challenges, the series continues to push the boundaries of traditional fighting formats, offering a raw and captivating spectacle for fans worldwide. As we continue to follow the journey of this groundbreaking series, we can only expect more exciting developments in the world of bare-knuckle fighting.