Rapper Drake has earned a staggering $2.7 million after Israel Adesanya defeated Alex Pereira at UFC 287 to reclaim the middleweight championship this morning.
Just five months after losing the 185-pound championship to Pereira, a ferocious rival who has twice defeated him in kickboxing, the New Zealander of Nigerian descent won it back.
After betting $1.6 million on Adesanya to win that fight, Drake lost the bet, but in his rematch with Pereira, he made up for it.
The Canadian reportedly bet $500,000 on Adesanya to win, which paid out $885,000, and $400,000 on him to win by knockout, which paid out a whopping $1.8 million, according to Mirror UK.
After the fight, when asked about Drake’s wager, “Stylebender” responded, “Shoutout to everyone who bet on me but you have to understand that when I step into the octagon I put my life on the line. The largest parlay you can ever do is that one. We are about to close another deal and earn more money, so shoutout to stake from this betting man too.
Adesanya had only experienced two losses prior to his victory over Pereira, giving him a total of 24 victories in his MMA career.