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

Jed Meshew

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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.

Let’s talk, @ufc.
Happy to discuss our patented @McGregorFast fighting gloves prototype with you. https://t.co/VhgW4il7WF

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2021
But Trevor wittman has never fought MMA tho?
You need guys with real experience.
Case in point the king of this shit. Me.
And Fuck other organisations.
I’m with the UFC. https://t.co/UnLXSiIize

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2021
You didn’t design this you just put your name on someone else’s designs, made for as cheap as possible with shit foam and shit materials. They are garbage and you know it. Make your cheese though.

— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) April 19, 2021
I’d smoke you and your coach at the same time in these patented @McGregorFast fight gloves. https://t.co/qVWIGJZcpF

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2021
I’ve got a big chip on my shoulder and I’m gonna break another few faces with it.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2021
Banter.

USADA quit !? I haven’t heard anything from them lately . I know all fighters aren’t doing the right thing!

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 19, 2021
I’m glad they ain’t been to me cos I been juicing out me tits to fuck u up real soon pride style

— D (@darrentill2) April 19, 2021
I told them to give you an exemption! You’re good bro https://t.co/3fOo1ulXfV

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 19, 2021
Would watch.

Jake + Dillon vs Francis please lmao

— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) April 19, 2021
Goals.

pic.twitter.com/TQ5jjs9Ve2

— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 19, 2021
Cejudo suggesting that Jake Paul would beat Tyron Woodley.

Why Jake Paul beat Ben Askren and why I feel he “WOULD BEAT” Tyron Woodley. @fanatic_wrestling pic.twitter.com/KmAS0rWenq

— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 20, 2021
Chael.

I sent Ben in there w/multiple objectives

-Give a good friend a chance
-Get a good friend a paycheck
-Do a little "intel" on s potential future opponent

(Just like Jake did "intel" on ME when he was creating his persona, and texting me asking for advice)

All objectives MET https://t.co/9ESL091Trr

— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) April 19, 2021
Poster.

A NEW KING WILL BE CROWNED! Your official #UFC262 poster just dropped pic.twitter.com/QnEwCg47ZB

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) April 19, 2021
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.

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