Prior to their rematch at UFC 257, one of the bigger pieces of news to come out is that Conor McGregor’s team announced that they would be making a $500,000 donation to Dustin Poirier’s “The Good Fight Foundation.”
McGregor lost by TKO that night, and almost three months later, Poirier says the promised donation just never came. “The Diamond” says his foundation reached out multiple times, but McGregor’s team just stopped responding.
Ahead of their trilogy at UFC 264 in July, Poirier decided to take things public.
That's a fun prediction! @TheNotoriousMMA you also predicted a donation to my foundation and you and your team stopped responding after the fight in January.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 11, 2021
See you soon.
July 10th Paid In Full!
We thanked him because his team reached out fight week to initiate the process but ghosted us the past 2 months after the fight. My foundation has reached out 3 times since with no reply. We've moved past it! We will be announcing our next goal soon! Its a big one https://t.co/mtiOFBsd2q— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 12, 2021
McGregor has since responded, which also confirmed that he never pushed through with the donation.
A donation, not a debt. 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.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 12, 2021
100% never a debt. 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 https://t.co/k3Cu9DG1Me— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 12, 2021
The idea of donating $500,000 was first brought up by McGregor in September 2020, before the UFC got involved and made that planned charity bout into an official bout at UFC 257.
Among other things, Poirier’s non-profit organization normally helps underserved communities in his home state of Louisiana tackle food insecurity, health care, and environmental disaster relief. Poirier typically auctions his fight kits and other UFC memorabilia from each fight to achieve specific goals, such as the time they built water wells at an orphanage and a school in Uganda.
Most recently, he auctioned the fight kit he wore on the McGregor fight for $26,200, with proceeds going to help The Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana’s “project learn” with tutoring and safe transportation during the pandemic.