Drake Loses Over $400k Betting On Kamaru Usman At UFC 278

Rapper Drake lost over $400k betting on Kamaru Usman this past weekend at UFC 278.

image of Drake via Instagram @ChampagnePapi
image of Drake via Instagram @ChampagnePapi

These days, Drake, a Canadian rapper, is notorious for placing a bet on a UFC fight, usually for a large sum of money. However, rappers often do not have the best of luck.

Famed rapper Drake lost over $400k betting on Kamaru Usman in his welterweight title main event at UFC 278 this past weekend.

Drake Loses Over $400k Betting On Usman

Drake has been known to bet on several UFC fights before in the past. It was no different over the weekend for the UFC 278 pay-per-view (PPV).

The rapper decided to place a $200,000 ticket on Usman retaining his welterweight title over Leon Edwards. He also placed a separate $230,000 ticket that relied on Usman winning, as well as Jose Aldo winning his fight.

At the time of the original wager, the Canadian staked ($149,000) on Kamaru winning by way of KO. To win in the fourth round, he spent an additional $49,000.

Both fights ended up with Usman and Aldo suffering defeat. Aldo was handed a decision defeat, while Usman was knocked out in the fifth round in shocking fashion by Edwards via head kick.

There has been constant accusation that the rapper curses fighters since he often ends up betting on the loser. A $275,000 bet was placed in March by Drake on Jorge Masvidal to defeat Colby Covington, but Covington was successful.

Later, the rapper backed an outsider, betting ($400,000) on Justin Gaethje to win UFC 274 over Charles Oliveira. In the first round, Gaethje lost the fight.

In total, Drake lost approximately $430,000 on his wagers.

Drake also bet on Usman’s fellow countryman Israel Adesanya back in July. That wager worked out better for him, as Adesanya managed to win his fight, retaining his middleweight title when he topped Jared Cannonier at UFC 276 via unanimous decision. 

There’s no doubt that this loss at the gambling table won’t deter Drake from betting on UFC fights again. The Canadian star is an avid UFC fan who has supported the likes of Adesanya, Conor McGregor, and so many more.

In response to Drake’s loss, Edwards has some choice words for him.


He’ll likely continue his betting ways as more high-profile fights continue to get booked by the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.

Published on August 22, 2022 at 9:36 am
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