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Du Plessis Victory Means Drake Loses $700K Wager

22 Jan 2024
Leon Travers 22 Jan 2024
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  • World superstar and number 1 Stake ambassador Drake is known for placing eye-watering sports bets
  • Drake’s bad run in the UFC middleweight division continues as the second massive wager loses
  • At odds of 1.97, Drake would have picked up $1,379,000 had Strickland won the fight
  • Stake.com is one of the best sportsbooks for betting on the UFC
  • Drake Curse Strikes Again
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Drake comes up short with a massive UFC 297 bet as his $700K wager on Sean Strickland is derailed by Dricus du Plessis’s split-decision victory.

Drake Curse Strikes Again

Drake is well known for placing mega bets at Stake.com; however, many are now wondering if his bets are cursed. 

Back at UFC 281, the Canadian rapper smashed down $2M on Israel Adesanya to beat Alex Pereira, only for the champ to be stopped in the final stanza.

Not to be deterred, Drake bet $500,000 on Adesanya to win by KO against Sean Strictland at UFC 293. The curse struck again as Strickland won on points after a dominant display.

Now, with Strickland as the UFC middleweight champion, his first challenger was the tough South African Dricus du Plessis. The bookmakers still had Strickland as a slight favorite, and perhaps this was enough to convince Drake to back him. 

The singer laid down $700,000 on Strickland to win (by KO, TKO, submission, or on points). With odds of 1.97, Drake stood to win $1,379,000 had the champ retained his title. 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. After a five-round war, Dricus du Plessis got the nod, with two of the three judges scoring it in his favor, 48 - 47. 

It should be noted that the infamous ‘Drake Curse’ stretches beyond the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He put a $1 million bet on Argentina to win the FIFA World Cup final in normal time. Of course, Messi’s boys did win, but it was on penalties, so Drake didn’t get a payout.

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