Dana White is known for her prowess at the blackjack table, but is more hesitant when it comes to betting on live sports.
In fact, the UFC president hates it and maybe that’s because one fight – a boxing match – left him with a particularly bad taste in his mouth.
In 2007, he was sure Jermain Taylor would defend his WBO and WBC middleweight titles against Kelly Pavlik.
It was Taylor’s undefeated fifth defense, but instead he was surprisingly knocked out by “The Ghost”.
And White recalled the upheaval that ruined her vacation in September in a conversation on the Full Send podcast.
“The biggest sports bet? $ 1 million. I lost. I hate betting on sports. Hate it, hate it.
“Do you remember Jermain Taylor the boxer?” This hunk came to the Olympics and got married [basketball player Erica Taylor].
“He fought that white kid from [Ohio] and I thought Jermain Taylor was going to kill him.
“Jermain Taylor was destroyed. I was in Cabo, relaxing while having fun. It spoiled my fun. I ruined my whole trip.
Pavlik was actually abandoned by the champion in the second round, but came out of the canvas to fight and take the belts.
In the seventh round, he left Taylor slumped in the corner with a combination of hooks and uppercuts, with Taylor leading on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage.
He then defended his crown in February 2008 in the rematch and reigned in the division until he lost his title in 2010.
White, on the other hand, has a far preference for cards and is known to make up to $ 7 million overnight at casinos and is so good at blackjack that he has been banned from a number of them. Consequently.
When the Palms decided they were tired of being cleaned up, they decided to give him a UFC title style belt with the words “Undisputed Blackjack Champion” written on it.
“Instead of just asking me to leave like they did, they gave me this Dana White loves blackjack but hates sports betting as he recalls $1m boxing bet he lost that ruined his Cabo holiday despite UFC president making $100k on Canelo’s last fight,” he said.
“Undisputed Blackjack Champion. 24-0. That’s a good way to say, get the hell out of our casino and don’t come back.
White has since been tempted to return to sports betting after placing a $ 100,000 bet on Canelo Alvarez to beat Caleb Plant.
He was much luckier this time around as he raked in $ 40,000 predicting the Mexican would win by knockout, which he did – in the 11th round.
White was even seen watching the super middleweight fight along with Rose Namajunas vs. Weili Zhang at UFC 268 to verify his bet.