Rapper Drake placed a hefty bet on UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira to retain his title in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 300 show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Drake in a still from Spin bout U

But then there’s the famous ‘Curse of Drake,’ where fighters he supports often end up losing. However, Pereira silenced the doubters with a TKO over Jamahal Hill in the first round of the main event.

Alex Pereira Shatters ‘Drake Curse’ with Knockout Win at UFC 300

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Alex Pereira (Image via his X account)

Drake is known for his unlucky streak when betting on athletes. This time, he placed a cool $675,000 bet on Alex Pereira to beat Jamahal Hill at UFC 300. On Saturday morning, the Canadian rapper took to Instagram to show off his latest massive bet.

Pereira has a bit of an edge as the favorite, but fans were a bit nervous given Drake’s track record with UFC bets. They crossed their fingers and hoped that this time, things would turn out differently.

Later, in the evening, despite a tough low blow, Pereira bounced back and landed a brutal knockout to defend his light heavyweight title. Drake must’ve been over the moon because he walked away with a cool $1,194,750 (via Talk Sport) from his bet. Fans were buzzing, and many couldn’t believe that not even the ‘Drake Curse’ could stop Pereira.

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However, Pereira is definitely a force in the UFC. He has made a name for himself in the light heavyweight division, grabbing the title in just his second fight. And let’s talk about those knockout wins, especially against top-tier fighters like Israel Adesanya (in their first encounter) and Jiří Procházka.

‘Drake Curse’ Haunts UFC and NBA Stars, True or Coincidence?

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The Drake Curse has haunted athletes across various sports. In the UFC, both Conor McGregor and Jamahal Hill faced setbacks after interacting with Drake. 

McGregor, who’s known for his knockout skills, lost surprisingly to Khabib Nurmagomedov right after the God’s Plan star showed up at his weigh-in. In basketball, the curse hit the usually unstoppable Golden State Warriors during the NBA Finals (via The Daily Star). Even with their amazing record, they fell short of the championship after Drake sported No. 35 Kevin Durant jersey.

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It’s a pretty interesting theory that the ‘Drake Curse’ might just be a case of fans remembering the bad times and forgetting the good ones. People tend to focus on instances that fit the narrative and forget about times when Drizzy’s support wasn’t followed by a loss (like his successful bet on the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl). 

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