Rapper Drake lost £368,000 last night after placing a significant wager on Kamaru Usman to defeat Leon Edwards at UFC 278.
Usman lost the welterweight title fight in Salt Lake City after being knocked out by a revitalized Edwards. Usman had previously gone undefeated in the UFC.
Drake bet £368,000 on several UFC fights on Saturday night, continuing a trend of high-profile bets on mixed martial arts.
The hip-hop musician wagered about £194,000 on Jose Aldo to defeat Merab Dvalishvili and £169,000 on Nigerian Usman to defeat Edwards.
Few people gave Edwards much of a chance to win the belt from the previously unbeatable UFC titan, with Usman entering the battle as the favorite with the bookmakers.
Drake has long been accused of being a sort of a curse on the athletes and teams he supports.
But when he won £3 million on a double wager when Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann triumphed on the same night in London a few weeks ago, it seemed as though he had recently abandoned that reputation.
His good fortune, at least temporarily, seems to have run out when the rapper lost hundreds of millions of pounds at UFC 278.
Drake’s gamble on Usman was split into two parts: the first was a straightforward £126,000 bet that he would beat the Brit, and the second was a slightly riskier £41,000 wager that the victory would occur in the fourth round.
Prior to Usman’s shocking knockout loss to Edwards, Dvalishvili defeated Aldo on points in a taxing contest, which resulted in Drake losing £194,000.
In the meanwhile, Edwards expressed his joy at entering the octagon and defeating Usman.
“It’s difficult to put it into words, which is why I sobbed,”because everyone can see my path in the octagon. I feel that’s how it had to go to shape me into the man I am today, as I’ve said all week,’ he said.
“That was one of the worst performances of my career,” I said after knocking out the No. 1 fighter in the world based on weight.