Unfortunately for Drake, he lost his R13 million bet when Dricus du Plessis defeated Sean Strickland to become SA’s first UFC champion.
Previously, the Canadian rapper made headlines when he placed R13 million that South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis would lose his UFC 297 middleweight title fight against American champion Sean Strickland, according to The South African.
Known for his penchant for large bets on UFC outcomes, the 37-year-old artist posted the betting slip, revealing a staggering $700,000 wager on his Instagram story, reaching over 145 million followers.
The award-winning rapper, who has left a trail of unsuccessful bets in the past, laid down this hefty sum, anticipating a victory for Strickland. If his prediction proves correct, Drake will win $679,000 (R12.6 million) plus the return of his initial stake.
Du Plessis’ South African supporters believed the rapper had backed the wrong horse.
The UFC 297 middleweight title fight between Strickland and Du Plessis unfolded at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Strickland (28-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) hoped to secure his first middleweight championship defence against Du Plessis (20-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC).
The main card occurred at 05:00 (SA time) on Sunday, January 21, and featured five fights, with the Strickland vs Du Plessis clash serving as the grand finale. The preceding matchups included Arnold Allen vs Movsar Evloev, Chris Curtis vs Marc-Andre Barriault, Neil Magny vs Mike Malott, and Raquel Pennington vs Mayra Beuno Silva.
Strickland and Du Plessis had a ceremonial weigh-in staredown on Friday, exchanging final words after making weight. Strickland weighed 184.5 pounds, while Du Plessis weighed 184 pounds.
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