Snoop Dogg’s hopes shouldn’t be high. On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White denied ever agreeing to a bet with Snoop after the rapper claimed that White owes him $2 million after Jake
Snoop Dogg’s hopes shouldn’t be high.
On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White denied ever agreeing to a bet with Snoop after the rapper claimed that White owes him $2 million after Jake Paul defeated Ben Askren.
The YouTube sensation impressed with a first-round knockout win over Askren, a former MMA champion, in the Triller pay-per-view event in Atlanta on Saturday night.
“I can tell you this: I don’t owe Snoop $2 million. I never bet,” White told Yahoo! Sports on Monday.
“Let me make it clear right here to everybody: I have never made an illegal bet, ever. I did not make an illegal bet on Saturday night. I did not bet $2 million with Snoop or anybody.”
Snoop, who is a co-owner of Triller, served as one of many commentators during the event. He brought up the alleged wager live during the fight, shouting into the mic: “Dana White, where my money at?”
The supposed bet stemmed from an appearance on Mike Tyson’s podcast in March, in which White told Tyson he’d bet “a million dollars” that Paul would lose to Askren.
Following White’s comments, Snoop upped the ante.
“Hey Dana White, I see you got faith in your boy right?! Going up against my guy Jake. You say you got a million?! You’re the CEO of UFC. You got more than a million. Put up TWO. Put up $2 million and we’ll match it,” Snoop told TMZ in a video directed at White.
“C’mon Dana, whatchu waiting on?! Your money is good,” Snoop added. “Yeah, I got Jake. Fight night. That’s my guy. That’s my dog in the fight. $2 million. Holla at me, Dana White.”
White, while speaking with Yahoo! Sports, recalled being approached by Triller with a $2 million wager ahead of the fight — which he said he never accepted publicly, nor privately.
“Javier Mendez called me right after I did the Mike Tyson podcast – he’s the head coach at AKA – and he said these guys at Triller, they want to take that bet. ‘They want to bet you $2 million.’ I said, ‘It’s f–king illegal,’” White said.
“First of all, I’m not gonna make an illegal bet, No. 1. And No. 2, why would I bet them $1 million or $2 million when I could do it legally in Las Vegas and get 2-to-1 (odds)?”
Paul was a significant favorite over Askren and backed it up with an impressive performance.
Despite initially going against Paul, White credited the internet personality for entering the boxing world and finding success.
“It’s not my thing but that doesn’t mean it’s not other people’s things,” White said. “When you look at this whole Jake Paul thing that’s going on right now, boxing continues to go like this [motions his hand downward]. This is the right guy with the right shtick at the right time.
“This guy is playing this thing perfectly, and boxing is in such a bad place, they’re doing a really good job at sucking in people to buy into this thing. And good for him.”
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Jenna Lemoncelli