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UFC's Dustin Poirier Apologizes for Calling out Conor McGregor over Donation

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVApril 14, 2021

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Dustin Poirier issued an apology Wednesday for comments about Conor McGregor not making a donation to his charity after their January fight.

Poirier wrote in the statement his decision to make the situation public was a "mistake":

The Diamond @DustinPoirier

1-1 July 10th we will settle the score! Excited for the Trilogy with @TheNotoriousMMA but wanted to address this first. pic.twitter.com/03GaPPSfeH

UFC president Dana White announced earlier Wednesday that McGregor and Poirier will fight for a third time July 10.

They split the first two meetings. McGregor won by knockout at UFC 178 in September 2014. Poirier leveled the score with a knockout of his own in January at UFC 257.

On Sunday, Poirier said the Irishman hadn't followed through with a promise to make a donation to his charity, the Good Fight Foundation, in the two months since the bout. McGregor replied with his reasoning:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

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.

The Good Fight Foundation aims to "help underserved communities   from food insecurity to health care and environmental disaster relief" in Poirier's hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.

McGregor's $500,000 donation was scheduled to help build a gym for disadvantaged youth in the city, per ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

The fate of the donation is unclear following the public rift.

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