UFC President Dana White finally shared his thoughts on the grueling rivalry between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier which started after the former interim lightweight champion accused Conor McGregor of not following up on his words about the $500k donation he promised to Poirier’s foundation, the Good Fight Foundation.
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Earlier, there were rumors that both the fighters had a back and forth on Twitter just to hype the fight. Many fans claim that McGregor’s decision to opt-out of the fight was nothing but a marketing stunt. However, UFC President Dana White stated that the feud was indeed very serious and that there was no work behind the entire incident.
“Oh yeah. There was a lot of chances that was going to fall apart,” White said. “I saw some conspiracy theorists thinking that was to help promote the fight — absolutely none of that was done to promote the fight, I can assure you of that, but we got it done … both guys, we had to go back and forth. Listen, man, this is what we do. This is what we do. We get it done.”
Dana White appeared alongside former champion Tito Ortiz and expressed his thoughts on the incident. It started when McGregor predicted a 4th round stoppage win against Dustin Poirier. In response to the prediction, Poirier replied taking a subtle dig at McGregor for not going forward with the donation and ghosting his team at the Good Fight Foundation.
Dustin Poirier blames Conor McGregor for not fulfilling the donation
Conor McGregor quickly revolted and explained the reason for the delay in the promised transfer of funds. Needless to say, to be accused of not following up on his words for a philanthropic cause, McGregor did not take Poirier’s comments lightly and threatened to pull out of UFC 264. McGregor also put out a tweet, looking for a new opponent. Surprisingly enough, fighters like Rafael dos Anjos, and Kevin Lee stepped up to accept the offer.
Needless to say, the business maestro Dana White put everything back together and had both Conor and Dustin agree to the match-up. Immediately following the official confirmation of the bout, Poirier sent out a tweet apologizing for reacting early on the entire incident.