‘At the End of the Day, Charity Wins’- Dustin Poirier Opens Up on Conor McGregor’s Donation Fiasco

Published 04/28/2021, 9:54 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier 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)


Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier is set to complete his trilogy against Conor McGregor at UFC 264. The duo is currently leveled 1-1, with Poirier getting the better of the former two-division champion at UFC 257. McGregor holds a win over ‘The Diamond’ at UFC 178, back in 2014.

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The duo got involved in an ugly social media spat recently after Poirier claimed he didn’t receive the $5ooK McGregor promised to donate to his charity after their second fight. The feud escalated to a point where McGregor threatened to withdraw from the trilogy fight in July. ‘The Notorious’ has since donated $500K to another foundation in Poirier’s hometown.

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Speaking to Ariel Helwani recently, Poirier cleared the air on the whole saga between him and McGregor. “I felt bad for attaching my charity to some negative energy like that. And I should, I shouldn’t have done that. But, you know, I still stand by. I didn’t say anything untrue. You know what I mean? Like, I still stand by everything that happened.

“Since then, Conor has donated $500,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana. And that’s so incredible, man,” said Poirier.

Because at the end of the day, helping the community helping people in need, it was what was the mission and goal from the jump when I was when I used to auction eBay stuff before I had the foundation, when we used to do small things in the community. It’s always been the goal. So at the end of the day, charity wins. You know what I mean? It’s Mission accomplished,” he added.

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Poirier is determined that he’ll close the chapter against McGregor being the better fighter. He in fact believes that he’ll finish McGregor once again after becoming the first fighter to knock out the Irishman in MMA. But it will be easier said than done.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches 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)

McGregor might not be the same beast he once was during his initial days in the promotion. But he remains a world-class fighter in his own merit. And despite losing, he had some good moments in his second fight against ‘The Diamond‘.

One can expect glimpses of an old McGregor as the setback should reignite the competitive fire in him. How things unfold at UFC 264, remains to be seen.

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