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‘I have never made an illegal bet’ - Dana White denies rumored $2 million wager with Snoop Dogg

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Dana White shoots down a supposed $2 million bet with Snoop Dogg on the Jake Paul-Ben Askren spectacle.

Dana White says he never made a $2 million bet with Snoop Dogg, let alone an illegal bet, ‘ever.’
Dana White says he never made a $2 million bet with Snoop Dogg, let alone an illegal bet, ‘ever.’
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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.

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!’”

He continues...

“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.