Drake's UFC 'curse' returns as he loses a huge £1.7MILLION bet

Drake LOSES £1.7MILLION after a big bet on Israel Adesanya beating Alex Pereira at UFC 281… only to see his man stopped in the final round while he looked on course for victory

  • Rapper Drake has lost another huge bet after backing UFC star Israel Adesanya
  • Drake backed Adesanya to beat Brazilian Alex Pereira in New York on Saturday
  • The former middleweight champion was knocked out in the fifth round
  • Drake lost a cool £1.7million as Pereira reigned supreme inside the octagon

Rap star Drake has lost a huge seven-figure sum on the UFC after backing ousted middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to beat Brazilian Alex Pereira at UFC 281 on Saturday evening.

Adesanya, 33, was the bookies favourite going into the fight and would have earned Drake £2.4million if he could have found a way to victory inside the Octagon. 

Pereira snatched the win in the fifth and final round as he broke Adesanya’s standing guard with a left hook that sent the former champion to the canvas, and the bout to an end.

Drake lost £1.7million betting on Israel Adesanya who lost to Alex Pereira during UFC 281

Pereira defeated Adesanya by technical knockout as he left it late to clinch victory in New York

Drake shared images of his seven-figure bet that he placed on Adesanya on Saturday

Drake – a long-time friend of Adesanya – is no stranger to placing outlandish bets having previously lost £537,000 on Barcelona in this season’s El Clasico against Real Madrid, and winning over £3million on English UFC stars Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann.

His latest stake won’t come as any surprise to Drake fans, but highlights the 36-year-old’s nonchalant approach to gambling eye-watering sums of money on sports events.

The rapper’s latest bet on Adesanya saw him lose £1.7million as the Nigerian-New Zealander suffered just a second professional defeat of his UFC career. 

Drake previously won over £3million by betting on Pimblett and McCann to win their bouts

He had previously been knocked out by Pereira in a kickboxing match and was caught out by a similar strike in their recent Madison Square Garden encounter.

Speaking after the fight, Adesanya outlined his plans for a rematch, giving Drake the chance to recoup his losses:

Adesanya will seek a rematch with Pereira as he attempts to become middleweight champion

‘He’s durable and he recovers well. Even in the fifth round, I knew he was going to come strong because he was down. 

‘Same thing as last time again. Kudos to him for investing in those calf kicks, because it cost me. It’s another great story for him, but it’s not over. This is still war.’ 

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