Morning Report: Dana White refutes Snoop Dogg’s claim of $2 million bet: ‘I have never made an illegal bet, ever’


Dana White
Dana White | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Dana White has no intention of paying Snoop Dogg anything.

On Saturday, YouTube sensation Jake Paul knocked out former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren in the Triller Fight Club main event. Immediately after the fight, multi-platinum recording artist and Triller co-owner Snoop Dogg, who was serving as one of the host of the event, hopped on the mic and started shouting “Dana White, where my money at?” referencing an alleged bet that White made on Askren beating Paul. But speaking with Yahoo’s Kevin Iole on Monday, White declared that no such bet was ever made.

“I don’t even want to say it. I don’t even want to say what I think happened in that fight,” White said when asked to comment on the bout. “But I can tell you this, I don’t owe Snoop $2 million. I never bet – 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 $2 million with Snoop or anybody.”

The genesis of this comes from an appearance on Mike Tyson’s podcast where White was discussing the bout with Zab Judah and Mike Tyson and told Judah he’d bet “a million dollars” that Askren would win. From there, Snoop Dogg went on TMZ to attempt to double down on that, saying he’d bet White $2 million. White never publicly accepted that bet nor, he says, did he do so in private either.

Javier Mendez called me right after I did the Mike Tyson podcast, he’s the head coach at AKA, and he said these guys at Triller, they want to take that bet,” White said. “‘They want to bet you $2 million.’ I said, ‘It’s f***ing illegal!’ First of all, I’m not gonna make an illegal bet, number one, and number two, why would I bet them $1 million or $2 million, when I could do it legally in Las Vegas and get two-to-one?”

It’s not just the alleged bet that is annoying White though. Following his win on Saturday, a number of high-profile UFC fighters threw their names out as possible next opponents for Paul, and Paul and his team responded in kind, talking trash to Askren’s teammate Tyron Woodley and even to former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and continuing to target UFC fighters for boxing matches does not appear to be White’s favorite thing.

“Why don’t you go fight a f***ing boxer?” White said. “What the f*** do these guys keep talking to UFC guys for? I’m gonna have to slap them with another f***ing legal letter, these f***ing idiots. Go talk to f***ing boxers. What are you doing?”

It’s not all bad for White and the Triller Fight Club team though. A long time boxing fan who never misses an opportunity to run down the sport, White actually did give props to Paul and company for finding the right niche and making the most out of it.

“It’s not my thing but that doesn’t mean it’s not other people’s things,” White said. “When you look at this whole Jake Paul thing that’s going on right now, boxing continues to go like this (motions hand downward). This is the right guy with the right shtick at the right time. This guy is playing this thing perfectly, and boxing is in such a bad place, they’re doing a really good job at sucking in people to buy into this thing. And good for him.”


TOP STORIES

$$$. Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren event sells over 1 million pay-per-views with final numbers still being calculated.

Square. Ben Askren didn’t ‘give a sh*t about the result’ in his fight with Jake Paul, found Triller entertainment ‘very distasteful’.

Set up. Jake Paul claims Mike Perry is ‘light work,’ Perry responds to ‘spoiled brat’ with sparring footage.

Accusations. Conor McGregor accuses Nate Diaz of steroid usage, Diaz responds.

Represent. Frank Mir felt going 6 rounds with Steve Cunningham better statement for MMA.


VIDEO STEW

UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal II.

Embedded.

PFL doing a BTS vlog series.

Anthony Pettis’ PFL debut training camp.

A look at the early family dynamics of Chris Weidman that pushed him to become a champion.


LISTEN UP

The Man and the MITH. Discussing the first-hand experience of Triller Fight Club.

The Co-Main Event. Discussing Triller Fight Club, UFC Vegas 24, and UFC 261.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Conor.

Banter.

Would watch.

Goals.

Cejudo suggesting that Jake Paul would beat Tyron Woodley.

Chael.

Poster.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reug Reug (3-0) vs. Kirill Grishenko (3-0); ONE on TNT 4, Apr. 28.

Court McGee (19-10) vs. Claudio Silva (14-2); UFC Fight Night, May 22.

Billy Quarantillo (15-3) vs. Herbert Burns (11-3); UFC Fight Night, July 17.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Triller trying to make that bet to help recoup costs for their infinitely expensive show. Savvy business right there.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL


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