‘Never Made an Illegal Bet’- Dana White Responds to Snoop Dogg’s Money Claims

Published 04/21/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC head honcho Dana White suggested he would wager a million dollars on Ben Askren to beat Jake Paul as the duo squared off inside the boxing ring in the main event of the Triller fight card last weekend. However, ‘The Problem Child’ knocked out the former UFC fighter in the bout’s opening round.

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Subsequently, the event’s commentator Snoop Dogg claimed White owed him and Paul $2 million, but White dismissed those claims as he denied making any legal bet with the rapper or the celebrity boxer. “Don’t even want to say what I think happened in that fight. I can tell you this. I don’t owe Snoop two million dollars,” said White.

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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 two million dollars with Snoop or anybody,” added the UFC President.

Javier Mendez called. He’s the head coach at AKA. He said, ‘these guys from Triller called and want to take that bet for two million dollars.’ It’s f**king illegal! First of all, I’m not going to make an illegal bet, for one, For two, why would I bet them a million or two million dollars when I can do it legally in Las Vegas at 2/1?” he said.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)

One can expect Paul to further build on his antics even more as he has now defeated ‘Funky’. It will also be interesting to see his response to the UFC President.

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When Dana White claimed he will bet a million dollars for Jake Paul to lose

White appeared on the Hotboxin’ Podcast alongside Mike Tyson and Zab Judah and claimed Paul can’t actually fight. He doubled down on his claim of ‘The Problem Child‘ losing by referring to Askren’s experience as a combat sports athlete and the fact that ‘Funky‘ has actually fought legit opponents in his career.

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Obviously, those words didn’t age very well. But considering Askren’s level of striking on display throughout his three-fight UFC career, he should have actually given his opinions a second thought.

What do you make of the recent saga between White and Snoop Dogg? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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