Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor Have Twitter Dispute Regarding Promised Charity Donation

By: Tristen Critchfield
Apr 12, 2021

Tensions are rising between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor heading into their trilogy bout at UFC 264.

While the two lightweight stars were generally cordial with one another in the lead-up to their rematch at UFC 257, the tone of their relationship took a turn when Poirier revealed that McGregor never followed through on a promised $500,000 donation to his charity, The Good Fight Foundation. Poirier’s claim came in response to the SBG Ireland standout’s prediction for their fight.

“That’s a fun prediction! You also predicted a donation to my foundation and you and your team stopped responding after the fight in January,” Poirier wrote. “See you soon. July 10th Paid In Full!”

The Good Fight is a charity that was founded by Poirier and his wife, Jolie, which began when the fighter used money received from auctioning off his fight gear to help underserved communities in their Louisiana hometown. In 2018, it became a fullly registered international non-profit organization. Recent initiatives include teaming up with Fight for the Forgotten to dig wells for the Batwa Pigmy Tribe in Uganda, a Thanksgiving food drive for shelters in Acadiana, La., and providing school supplies for children, among others.

McGregor eventually responded to Poirier’s allegation, saying that “The Diamond” never made it clear for what the donation would be used. He also implied that Poirier’s primary interest is financial gain, which is why he accepted the trilogy bout instead of a lightweight title shot after beating McGregor in their rematch at UFC 257.

“A donation, not a debt,” McGregor wrote. “We’ve been awaiting the plans for the money that never came. I do with all my donations. Know where it’s going dot for dot. Otherwise it goes walking. As is the case with a lot of these foundations, sadly. You took the McG over the belt shows I was right.”

Poirier replied in turn, claiming that email inquiries to McGregor’s team were not answered.

“100% never a debt,” Poirier wrote. “You offered, we accepted, and like I said your Team never responded to our emails regarding the process of where funds would be put to work! July 10th you will taste defeat yet Again.”

Several hours later, McGregor’s replies got uglier, and the former two-division champion even claimed that UFC 264 bout is off.

“You’re ripped you inbred hillbilly,” he wrote. “Why do you wink with your ears? You fucking brain dead hillbilly. 500k with no plan in place. Ye hang tight. Fool. You must be new to money. The fight is off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th. Good luck on your old contract kid. “My team does their due diligence to make sure every donation meets the mark. My generosity is known. You will pay with your brain for this attempt at smearing my name. Shooting ass shelling ass bitch. Little bitch kicks from a shell. Good luck when you’re caught. You’re fucked.”

Poirier defeated McGregor by second-round technical knockout in their rematch at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 23. McGregor, meanwhile, stopped “The Diamond” in the opening stanza of their initial meeting at featherweight in September 2014. UFC 264 takes place on July 10 and has been targeted for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, though that venue is not yet official.

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