We are less than a week away from one of the most anticipated UFC events of 2021. As a result, the countdown for the trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor has officially begun. The promotion has released the Countdown to UFC 264 video on their Youtube channel and the excitement has touched a new height.
In the countdown video, Dustin Poirier reveals the biggest difference between him and Conor McGregor. The Diamond made a subtle dig at the Irishman.
“That I would never stand here and ask for something I didn’t earn. The talking, the calling people out, the acting crazy, that’s not what I do. I fight and I earn it”
Conor McGregor donates $500,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana
Up to this point, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor have shared a weird rivalry. During their first fight at UFC 178, both the fighters left no stone unturned as they talked trash and played mind games with each other. Furthermore, McGregor and Poirier hated each other’s guts and shared bad blood during the build-up of their first encounter, with Poirier going to the point of saying that he has never hated a man more than McGregor.
However, the two fighters behaved the complete opposite and surprised the entire world during the build-up of the second encounter. This is because The American and The Irishman shared great camaraderie and were respectful to each other.
But things changed after the rematch as they were at each other’s throats due to a silly conflict that emerged after Poirier blamed McGregor for failing to stand by his words about donating $500,000 to a charity. While Poirier later apologized for the same, McGregor didn’t like his approach and later lashed out at the former interim champion.
However, things turned ugly once McGregor’s team stopped responding after their rematch and didn’t donate to the Good Life Foundation. As a result, the two fighters started beefing on social media after the fight. While McGregor did donate to a charity, it wasn’t Poirier’s Good Fight Foundation.
“I never want to associate my foundation or the work we’ve done with any negativity. And a dispute about donation is negative”
He also commended Conor McGregor, after he donated 500,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana. Poirier praised McGregor by remarking “The money’s going to go where it needs to go. The incredible gesture you know, they are going to do the right things with it.”
Dustin Poirier reveals his reasons to fight in the UFC
The Diamond could have easily taken a fight against Charles Oliveira for the UFC Lightweight title after he defeated Conor McGregor at UFC 257. However, he decided to challenge The Notorious for the rubber match instead.
“As you grow through life as a professional fighter the reason you fight changes. My daughter, I want her to have a great life. I want her college to be paid for. I want her to not worry about things. I want to put her in the best position I can. That’s why I fight.
Poirier also revealed the biggest reason behind his success in Mixed Martial Arts in this video. “Not only my daughter but my wife is like an anchor for sure. I don’t think I would be as successful as I am business-wise or fight-wise if she wasn’t in my life at such a young age. And I just realized how much they mean to me and how happy I am when they are around.”
In the end, both fighters are willing to give their all in this fight as there is a massive stake coming into this rubber fight. Needless to say, the winner will most likely be the face of this division and get a chance to face Charles Oliveira for the UFC Lightweight title.