Dustin Poirier raises $28,000 for charity by selling Conor McGregor fight kit

Dustin Poirier has raised $28,000 (£20,000) for his charity after selling the fight kit he wore for his UFC 264 trilogy with Conor McGregor.

Poirier has been auctioning off his fight worn apparel ever since his 2017 fight with Eddie Alvarez and his UFC 264 kit, which featured his shorts, gloves, wraps, walkout t-shirt, hat, and fight night credential sold on eBay this week.

"The Good Fight Foundation" is a non-profit charity that was founded by Poirier and his wife. Initially raising money for impoverished communities in Poirier's home state of Louisiana, the charity has recently expanded to help disadvantaged people around the globe.

For UFC 264, Poirier teamed up with the charity of Justin Wren, a Bellator heavyweight turned humanitarian and philanthropist. Their efforts included building a pharmacy, football pitch and medical clinic for Pygmy people in Uganda.

With the help of a $50,000 donation from multiple-weight boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao, they also hope to build water wells and repair a ruined water supply at an orphanage and school.

When Poirier and McGregor were on more civil terms earlier this year, McGregor pledged to donate $500,000 to Poirier's foundation before their rematch earlier this year at UFC 257.

This caused an argument between both men after Poirier accused McGregor of not following through with the donation. Poirier would later explain that the dust did settle and McGregor was a man of his word.

"His team reached out to my foundation on fight week, we were very responsive and replied to emails daily. We got all of our banking info for the foundation to start the transfer of funds," Poirier said.

"The fight happens and they completely stop responding to emails – so thats why I went public with the tweet. I never want to associate my foundation or the work we've done with any negativity and a dispute about a donation is negative.

"He ended up donating $500,000 to the boys and girls' club over in Acadiana. It's a great charity and the money's going to go where it needs to and help the youth in south Louisiana so charity wins in the end; mission accomplished."

McGregor is not the first UFC fighter to help out Poirier's charity. Former champions Max Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov both gave Poirier their fight worn gloves after competing against 'The Diamond' in 2019.

Following his first round stoppage win against McGregor, Poirier is likely to fight for the UFC lightweight title next against Charles Oliveira. Meanwhile, McGregor is set to be sidelined for at least a year to recover from the broken tibia he suffered in the trilogy fight.

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