‘A Donation, Not a Debt’- Conor McGregor Reveals Why Dustin Poirier’s Charity Did Not Receive $500,000 From Him

Published 04/12/2021, 1:31 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland addresses the media after the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC megastar Conor McGregor took to social media and finally sent out his response to Dustin Poirier’s recent allegations. ‘The Diamond’ came out on Twitter and called out McGregor for failing to follow through on his promise of making a donation. Chiefly McGregor’s $500,000 donation to Dustin Poirier’s charity, ‘The Good Fight Foundation’ was a huge narrative going into UFC 257.

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The news that ‘The Notorious’ hadn’t followed through on his donation certainly took the MMA community by storm. Fans of the Irishman immediately came out to defend McGregor as ‘The Notorious’ hadn’t yet released a statement. Dustin Poirier didn’t let up and immediately explained his original claim that McGregor failed on his follow-through.

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However, McGregor came out and set the record straight by explaining he never received an exact plan for his funds. ‘The Notorious’ said that he always does his due diligence when donating money, however, Poirier failed to outline his intentions.

The aforementioned situation certainly leaves a lot to be desired, as the details have now become shaky at best. Fans are largely confused about who is exactly in the right in this equation, as the specifics have become blurred. However, there’s no doubt that the entire situation could very well be the tipping point to stoke to flames of a rivalry.

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor: Down to brass tacks

The controversy surrounding the failed donation bid by McGregor has only brought more attention to the fight itself. On a competitive level, it is likely the bout that will determine the next man to fight for lightweight gold. McGregor and Poirier have shown that they are right up there in terms of being elite 155-pounders.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Diamond’ will take away a lot from his second scrap against McGregor that ended in a violent finish. On the contrary, Conor McGregor believes that he’s identified all shortcomings from their UFC 257 fight and will make the adjustments. Hence, the fight has all the makings of a high-level chess match, and tensions may simmer with the donation narrative.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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