I have never made an illegal bet - White denies rumored 2m wager with SnoopGet the Full StoryDana White says he never made a 2 million bet with Snoop Dogg, let alone an illegal bet, ever. Photo by Hans Gutknecht Digital First Media Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images
Dana White shoots down a supposed 2 million bet with Snoop Dogg on the Jake Paul-Ben Askren spectacle. As far as Dana White is concerned, he doesn t owe Snoop Dogg 2 million.
Let s backtrack. During his appearance on Mike Tyson s podcast in March, White said he d bet 1 million on Ben Askren to beat Jake Paul in Triller s Saturday night spectacle in Atlanta. He may have said in jest or not , but he put it out there for the world to see.
A day later, Snoop went online to double down on White s initial offer.
You re the CEO of UFC, man, you ve got more than a million. Put up two. Put up two million and we ll match it.
I got Jake. Fight night. That s my guy. That s my dog in the fight.
White never responded to the counteroffer, but Snoop wants what he feels is owed to him.
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After the fight went how it did, the UFC president released a statement to clear the air. Here s what he told Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole in a recent interview:
I don t owe Snoop 2 million. Let me make it clear right here to everybody: I have never made an illegal bet, ever, he said. I did not make an illegal bet on Saturday night. I did not bet 2 million with Snoop or anybody.
Javier Mendez called me, right after I did the Mike Tyson podcast. He s the head coach at AKA. And he said these guys from Triller, I guess. I don t if it s from Triller or who they re from they want to take that bet, they want to bet you 2 million. I said, that s f ng illegal!
First of all, I m not gonna make an illegal bet, number one. And number two, why would I bet them a million or two million dollars when I could do it legally in Las Vegas and get 2 to 1?
White also threatened legal action on Paul, who s been picking a fight with retired former UFC champ-champ Daniel Cormier.