Famous Fortnite Player Bet Winovich $1K To Cut His Hair -- No Way, Said Winovich

"It's just too much a part of me."

Jamie and Stoney
October 10, 2018 - 2:16 pm

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Chase Winovich loves Conor McGregor, but he loves his long, blonde hair a tad bit more. He wasn't willing to risk those locks by betting on his favorite fighter. 

Prior to McGregor's clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov last Saturday, Winovich said he received a pretty tempting offer from the famous Fortnite player Nick Merks. The two were playing together online when Merks told Winovoch to put his money where his mouth was. 

"He said if Conor McGregor wins, I’ll give you $1,000. But if he loses, you have to cut your hair," Winovich told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket.

Despite his extreme confidence in McGregor, Winovich couldn't bring himself to put his hair on the line. It's come to represent his journey from an unknown tight end in high school to an All-Big Ten defensive end at Michigan, and it means too much to him at this point in his life. 

"Obviously before the fight I was very confident in Conor winning, but I said, 'There’s no way that I can cut my hair for $1,000. It’s just too much a part of me. I can’t do that,'" Winovich said. 

It proved to be a smart decision when McGregor lost to Nurmagomedov by submission. Winovich's hair, which has become his trademark at Michigan, will keep on flowing out of the back of his helmet. 

He said it marks the beginning of a "mental shift" he made in his life, one that has put him on a track to the NFL. 

"It’s so weird because most people nowadays that are around me and in my life didn’t even know me before I had long hair," said Winovich. "But my long hair goes back to, I was playing tight end at the time and it was starting to grow out. Whenever I made the switch to defensive end, it wasn’t long (yet) but it was starting to get there and at that point I made the transition and my life kind of took this mental shift.

"I’d say I made this conscious decision, where enough is enough. I’m going to will this thing to work, find a position on the field and make a name for myself. And my hair was kind of part of that journey in my mind, from playing tight end to defensive end."