Hip-hop superstar Drake is once again making waves in the MMA community with his high-stakes bets on the outcome of UFC 287. The multi-platinum artist has placed large sums of money on Israel Adesanya and Jorge Masvidal to win their respective fights, with both victories predicted to come by way of knockout.
While Drake’s betting habits have earned him a reputation as a ‘jinx’ among fans and fighters alike, the rapper has both won and lost staggering amounts of money over the years. However, it’s his losses that tend to make headlines, as fans have attributed his bets to causing fighters to lose matches.
A prime example of the so-called ‘Drake Curse’ occurred at UFC 272, where the rapper wagered over $275,000 on Masvidal to defeat Colby Covington. Unfortunately for Drake, ‘Gamebred’ ended up losing via unanimous decision, much to the dismay of the artist’s fans and followers.
Despite this setback, Drake remains undeterred, as he recently placed another large bet on Justin Gaethje to beat Charles Oliveira at UFC 274. Predictably, however, his bet didn’t come through, as ‘The Highlight’ lost via first-round submission.
Now, at UFC 287, Drake stands to either win big or lose even bigger. He has placed a combined total of $500,000 on a ‘Gamebred’ victory and knockout, as well as a whopping $900,000 on the same outcome for Israel Adesanya. If his bets are successful, he could stand to gain close to $6 million, but if they don’t come through, he could lose $1.4 million.
Regardless of the outcome, Drake’s high-stakes bets are yet another example of his love for combat sports and willingness to put his money where his mouth is. Only time will tell if his predictions are accurate or if the ‘Drake Curse’ strikes once again.