It’s Official! The Drake Curse Is Real As He Loses Almost Half A Mil On Bets After Head Kick That KO’d Kamaru Usman

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Here is a tip for anyone looking to make some side money betting on combat sports, wherever Aubrey “Drake” Graham puts his money, do the exact opposite. Over the weekend, the “In My Feelings” rapper lost big paper, to the sound of over $350,000 betting on UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards.

Although the popular forgone conclusion was that Usman would continue his blitzkrieg through the welterweight division and eliminate challenger Leon Edwards, the reverse happened with a massive fifth-round head kick that flattened Usman and transferred the welterweight title to Edwards.

For that gaffe, Drake lost his two separate wagers on Kamaru Usman totaling $200,000. However, that wasn’t the only bet Drake placed on the Octagon, as he placed a massive wager on former feathewrweight champion Jose Aldo to take down his opponent Merab Dvalishvili at the tune of almost $240,000.

For those keeping score, that is just shy of half a million Drake risked on the mixed martial arts version of “Game of Thrones.” Fans are wondering why he continues to think he knows the sport because as the losses keep piling up you can hear the echo of the late great former boxing champion and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roger Mayweather saying, “you don’t know sh*t about (insert) mixed martial arts.”

In March, the pop culture star lost $275,000 betting on Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal against his polarizing nemesis Colby “Chaos” Covington at UFC 272. When he won, Covington couldn’t wait to tell Drake how he felt about betting against him.

“Let’s talk about all the money Drake lost tonight,” Covington said at the postfight press conference. “He needs to go back to selling those sh-tty albums to get back the money. Drake you suck at sports betting, go back to your sh-tty little albums and rapping.”

I Christen Thee “The Drake Curse”

So is it time to christen Drake’s penchant to pick losers as the official Drake curse, a la the Kardashian persuasion? Probably so, as just like athletes who align themselves with the reality stars suffer great professional setbacks, it seems that Drake’s betting hand is like a pimp hand slapping them into unconsciousness or at least their pro record further into the “L” column.

However, the recording artist does a little better in the football arena. He reportedly bet $1.25 million across a few 2022 Super Bowl lines. He bet that the Los Angeles Rams would win and that his guy, Odell Beckham Jr., would score a touchdown. That happened in the showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Drake is a celebrity whale,” professional sports bettor Bill Krackomberger told The New York Post. “He’s one of the most in-demand gamblers by casino marketing departments. I saw him at Aria and he was betting $200,000 a spin at roulette; his play is worthy of $100,000 in promotional chips to walk in the door.”

Now that Drake has been placing bets on the house that Nick Saban built, the Alabama football program better light some sage and say a prayer because Drake also has them in his betting sights.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.