When Dustin Poirier publicly shamed Conor McGregor for not following through on his promised $500,000 donation to his charity, The Good Fight Foundation, it sparked some bitter back-and-forth between the two lightweight stars.
It escalated so much that McGregor claimed to be seeking a new opponent for his next Octagon appearance. However, it appears the trilogy bout will move forward, as Dana White officially announced that UFC 264 will take place in front of a capacity crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by Poirier and McGregor.
Shortly after that announcement, Poirier released a statement in which he expressed regret for calling out McGregor over the donation, which the Irish star promised to make after their bout at UFC 257 in January.
“I am very passionate about my charity as you all know,” Poirier wrote on Twitter. “I jumped the gun and took my private matters between Conor and my foundation public. My mistake, we live, we learn. Spreading positivity and doing good is my goal.
“I feel like I have brought a negative energy and personal opinions into something I am working so hard on that gives people a reason to cheer and smile. I will take this in stride and continue to fight the good fight! New goal coming soon and it is a big one. Thank you to all who is involved and all the supporters who believe in our vision.”
In the past, Poirier’s charity has used fight gear auctioned off from his bouts to support a number of causes, including digging wells for the Batwa Pigmy Tribe in Uganda, a Thanksgiving food drive for shelters in Acadiana, La., and providing school supplies for children, to name a few. Fighters such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway have provided their own apparel from bouts against Poirier to aid the cause.
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