$500,000 Raised By Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor Ahead of UFC 257

January 23, 2021 10:11 pm

Conor McGregor faces Dustin Poirier this weekend as he returns to the Octagon after a year-long layoff. The two men have fought before at UFC 178, in 2014, under hostile circumstances. But much has changed since, and they have collaborated this term to do some social work for Poirier’s good fight foundation charity.

‘The Notorious’ had previously promised to donate half a million dollars ahead of the fight to Poirier’s organization. Now, he has kept his word and donated 500000 USD in an incredible gesture.

At the UFC 257 pre-fight press conference ‘The Diamond’ said, “I don’t want to make it seem like we’re up here giving each other back massages but Conor, I just want to clear the air: Conor’s team, McGregor Sport & Entertainment, did reach out to my foundation and they are starting the process toward that donation.”

He also added, “So Conor, man-to-man, you’re going to help a lot of people with that.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Dustin Poirier prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019, in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Poirier has been running his charity for a considerable amount of time now. He auctions his fight gears and other assets to raise money for his foundation. Further, he is planning on building a gym with the sum to help unprivileged youths train combat sports.

‘The Diamond’ has helped to fix ruined water supply at an orphanage and school in Uganda before. Building playgrounds and supplying backpacks for children in need are other notable works of Poirier’s foundation.

Dustin Poirier will look to level the score at UFC 257

There are plenty of wholesome causes involved this time in the buildup to the fight. But the competitive fire remains the same, if not more. Poirier wants to fight for the UFC gold again. He knows what a win over Conor McGregor means in combat sports- it will be a career-defining achievement for the Louisiana native.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The athlete in him will surely want to avenge his previous loss to the Irishman. But with McGregor in the best shape of his life, it will take something spectacular from Poirier to get the win.

What did you make of the magnificent gesture between McGregor and Poirier? Can ‘The Diamond’ shock the world tonight?

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Apratim Banerjee

Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports, currently living in Kolkata. His favorite fighters are Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua. Apratim has pursued a B.E. degree from Jadavpur University.

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