If Drake’s betting history has proven to be a real curse for mixed martial artists then Jon Jones is screwed later tonight (Sat., Mar. 4, 2023) at UFC 285 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones is making his first Octagon appearance in three years — along with his heavyweight debut — as he challenges Ciryl Gane for the vacant UFC heavyweight title. The anticipated matchup will headline the ESPN+ PPV card from inside T-Mobile Arena.

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HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION SUPER FIGHT! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., March 4, 2023, with one of the biggest fights in its history as No. 1-ranked Heavyweight contender, Ciryl Gane, and former Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, collide in a “super” fight for the vacant undisputed Heavyweight title. In UFC 285’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, women’s Flyweight roost-ruler, Valentina Shevchenko — UFC’s current longest-reigning champion — defends her 125-pound title against Mexico’s Alexa Grasso.

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Ahead of tonight’s heavyweight clash, rapper Drake has once again accessed his millions to place a hefty wager on the main event. We’re all too familiar with how Drake’s UFC betting history has gone. There have been some wins along the way, but for the most part Drake has come up short on some serious bets. Some even say he’s a curse to the fighter he bets on.

If that’s the case, Jones may be in trouble against Gane. Drake has already placed two separate $250,000 bets on Jones to stop Gane by either knockout or submission. The wager for a knockout would net Drake $1.3 million while the submission finish banks the rapper a cool $1.7 million.

Of course, if Gane pulls off the upset then Drake is out $500,000 and Jones’ long-awaited return to action will be a complete failure. Luckily for both men, Jones is the greatest fighter of all time. And even though he’s been absent from the fight game for the past three years he always finds a way to win. Even if Drake’s expensive endorsement casts a dark shadow.

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