UFC 274 took place over the weekend in Phoenix, Arizona to immense fanfare. For a sold out audience at the Footprint Center, UFC put on a show with loaded fights up and down the card.
An intriguing angle beforehand related to the main event, Charles Oliviera vs. Justin Gaethje. revolves around musical superstar Drake. The rapper made an absurd bet on the underdog in Gaethje, per UFC betting partner Stake.
Drake submitted a bet on Gaethje to defeat Oliveira to the tune of $427,000. If Gaethje wins, the rapper takes home $1 million.
For the betting odds via DraftKings, Oliveira enters the match as the slight favorite (-145). Meanwhile, Gaethje’s money line slip checks in at +125 odds for those who decided to bet on the Arizona native.
Olivera versus Gaethje is one of the most intriguing fights in the lightweight division all year. A contrast of styles who both attack offensively, this has the makings of a classic bout to watch unfold.
Only Gaethje is eligible to fight for the title in Saturday’s main event, though. Olivera missed weight, which ultimately stripped him of the belt. If Oliveira wins, he will be the UFC’s new No. 1 lightweight contender.
Before Oliveira and Gaethje face off in the octagon, here’s how the current UFC lightweight rankings look:
- Charles Oliveira
- Justin Gaethje
- Dustin Poirier
- Islam Makhachev
- Beneil Dariush
- Michael Chandler
- Rafael Dos Anjos
- Tony Ferguson
- Gregor Gillespie
- Conor McGregor
One of the most stacked divisions, Oliveira vs. Gaethje will kickstart what should be a massive domino effect moving forward. For bettors like Drake, wagering on Gaethje has huge ramifications.