Rapper, Drake faced a significant loss of $700,000 after South African fighter Dricus Du Plessis secured a narrow split-decision victory over American Sean Strickland at UFC 297 in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. The defeat not only marked a financial setback for Drake but also signaled a historic moment for South Africa, as Du Plessis became the country’s first UFC champion.
Drake, a Toronto native, had publicly shared his $700,000 bet on Strickland, the defending middleweight champion, ahead of the main event. The bet, if successful, would have resulted in an estimated payout of $1.379 million for the rapper.
However, Du Plessis’ impressive performance on Saturday night led to a unanimous decision in his favor, leaving Drake on the losing end of the wager. The split decision, with judges scoring it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47, showcased the intensity of the bout, making Du Plessis the new middleweight champion.
Drake, known for his association with sports-related curses, has faced both wins and losses in the realm of sports betting. While he recently lifted the curse by correctly backing Argentina to win the 2022 World Cup, his streak of misfortune returned with the UFC 297 bet.
Despite the financial setback, Drake’s presence and bets continue to draw attention and speculation in the sports world, adding an extra layer of excitement and intrigue to major events.