BLUNDER: Dana White Once Lost $1 Million on a Boxing Match

Published 02/18/2021, 10:25 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC President Dana White attends a news conference for the bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The UFC President Dana White is a man of many trades. Apart from being the driving force of the world’s premier MMA organization, White also likes to bet on various sports, including MMA, Boxing, and more. He has never hidden his love to bet on sports.

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White openly admits his gambling issues and even accepted that he has lost huge sums of money on multiple occasions because of betting. He lost $1 Million in a Boxing match between Kelly Pavlik and Jermaine Taylor in 2007. Taylor lost to Pavlik, but unfortunately for White, he better on Taylor to win the contest.

Speaking to ESPN Sports Betting, White said, “I’d say it’s about time. I like it. It’s obviously a thing people love to do. It makes whatever you’re watching a lot more fun, a lot more interesting, so I’ve always been for it. But I’m from Vegas.

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I always (gamble). On every sport that I’m interested in. On every game on Saturday, If I want to know what the line is, if it’s college or pros, I always look at the line on fights,” he added.

I play table games too much. I’m a degenerate if you’re not getting it. I’m a degenerate, yes. I love to gamble,” the UFC President further added.

Oh, my god. What was the kid’s name? Jermain Taylor. And who did he fight? I know this for the ass-whooping I took. He fought the tall, lanky, white kid from Ohio, Kelly Pavlik. I bet $1 million on Taylor and he got destroyed. It was the first time I ever bet $1 million dollars because I was so confident Taylor was going to win that fight,” he said about his loss in a Boxing match.

Dana White has certainly made up for his lost amount

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White might have lost a huge sum of money by gambling. But he has made more revenue than his lost sum with the UFC. The UFC has reached unprecedented heights in the last decade.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 17: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC Fight Night press conference at UFC APEX on September 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In 2016, the company was sold for a huge $4.2 billion. So White certainly doesn’t regret too much about his lost sum anymore. Still, it was a learning lesson for his gambling life, though.

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What did you make of the UFC President’s loss? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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