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The Canadian rapper had a rather hefty wager on the pair at last night’s UFC Fight Night 208 at London's O2 Arena – placing a stake of $2,296,211.30 (£1.9) to win a $3.723,077.00 (£3.1m), meaning he cleared $1.5m (£1.2m).
Drake posted a screenshot of his betting slip with his 117 million Instagram followers, writing: "A scousers parlay @stake."
Speaking after the fight, Pimblett and McCann said the rapper had agreed to buy the pair a couple of Rolex’s as a ‘thank you’ for netting him the small fortune.
While talking to ESPN, McCann said: “Can I just throw out there to ESPN, Drake… did I say before? … I know, I’m drunk… Drake is buying me and Paddy a new Rollie each.”
Before Pimblett cut in to say: “We’ve just been messaging on Instagram and he’s, like, ‘yeah, you’re getting a Rolex each for that’.”
It was a night of celebrations for the pair, with McCann securing a first round win against American opponent Hannah Goldy and Pimblett forcing opponent Jordan Leavitt to tap out in the second round.
After his win, Pimblett gave a heart-felt speech, dedicating part of his win to Lee-Joshua Hodgson – a four-year-old boy who passed away after battling a rare form of cancer called metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma alveolar (ARMS).
He said: "I want to dedicate this fight to little baby Lee.
"He's a little warrior. More of a fighter than any of us will ever be."
Pimblett also took the opportunity to raise awareness about men's mental health in light of a close friend of his having recently passed away.
If you listen to anything today, listen to what Paddy Pimblett has to say.— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 23, 2022
A class message. pic.twitter.com/3MY7C5sxLe
He urged men to speak out if they felt they needed to, telling the packed out stadium: "I woke up on Friday morning at 4am to a message that one of my friends, back home, had [died]. This was five hours before my weigh-in. So Ricky lad, that's for you
“Listen, if you're a man and you've got weight on your shoulders, and you think the only way you can solve it is by [suicide], please speak to someone, speak to anyone. People would rather... I know I'd rather my mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral next week.
"So, please, let's get rid of this stigma and MEN, START TALKING!"
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