Conor McGregor has made a $500,000 donation to a charity in Dustin Poirier's hometown after an agreement between the pair turned into a heated argument.
The Irishman had agreed to make a $500,000 (almost £360,000) payment to Poirier’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’ in the lead up to the pair’s fight at UFC 257, which ended with McGregor being knocked out in the second round.
Three months later, Poirier posted a Twitter message revealing the money had yet to be received, which led to an angry response from McGregor.
The 32-year-old replied stating he would not be making a donation until he knew exactly where the money was going to be spent and Poirier ended up apologising.
McGregor has not paid the $500,000 to ‘The Good Fight Foundation’, instead opting to give it to the ‘Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana’ in Poirier’s hometown of Lafayette in Louisiana.
A post on the organisation’s Facebook page revealed: “Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana received an unexpected call last week and are humbled to share that Conor McGregor is donating $500,000 to impact youth in South Louisiana by supporting our upcoming 2021 Summer Camp and ongoing health and recreation activities in our 6 Club sites.
“This investment is a gamechanger! Thank you, Conor, for helping to ensure that our kids have what they need to grow and thrive this summer!”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana describes itself as ‘the leading youth shelving organisation in Acadiana’ and provides programmes for 6-18 year olds in six locations.
Poirier and McGregor have fought twice in their careers, with one victory apiece, and are set to face each other once again at UFC 264 on July 10.
Earlier this month the pair had an online exchange after Poirier responded to McGregor’s predicted knockout by saying: “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. See you soon. July 10th Paid In Full.”
McGregor quickly responded with: "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."
This resulted in an apology from Poirier on his social media channels.
“I am very passionate about my charity as you all know,” he explained.
“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 (is) coming soon and it is a big one. Thank you to all who are involved and all the supporters who believe in our vision.”
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