Within the lead up, it appeared as if the traditionally unstable McGregor was a brand new man. No trash speak, no drama-infused press conferences — simply mutual respect between two fighters about to knock lumps out of one another.
However since January, when McGregor was finally defeated by Poirier, issues have soured. The problem? A promised charity donation of $500,000 that, based on Poirier, has but to be delivered by McGregor and his workforce.
Let’s try to clarify this entire deal from the beginning.
Within the wake of a dominant win towardsin early 2020, Conor McGregor was itching to proceed preventing all through the rest of the yr. Sadly COVID-19 put an enormous dent in these plans.
The UFC continued placing on combat playing cards all through 2020 and was one of many first sports activities within the US to return “again,” but it surely appeared as if the UFC was reluctant to place collectively one other McGregor combat — almost certainly as a result of followers could not attend fights but and the UFC makes a major sum of money on reside gates to see one of many sport’s largest stars.
For comparability, the UFC would possibly often absorb $1 million to $2 million in ticket gross sales for an everyday occasion, whereas a McGregor combat with full attendance will herald over $7 million from ticket gross sales alone.
So McGregor was left on the shelf.
Out of frustration McGregor took issues into his personal arms, making an attempt to place collectively an exhibition bout with Poirier.
McGregor had confronted Poirier earlier than. In 2014, McGregor defeated Poirier by way of a devastating first spherical KO. However to stay lively, McGregor provided to face off towards Poirier in a second combat — albeit an exhibition — and donate $500,000 to The Good Fight Foundation, a nonprofit charity arrange by Poirier to assist these in want. Poirier agreed to the bout.
That obtained the UFC’s consideration.
Within the wake of these tweets the UFC arrange a professional rematch between McGregor and Poirier beneath the UFC banner, however McGregor dedicated to the $500,000 donation he had promised regardless.
Given the end result of their first combat, McGregor was closely favored to beat Poirier of their rematch. Within the leadup, the pair have been extraordinarily cordial — a stark distinction to the primary combat, when McGregor was largely credited with beating Poirier mentally with an assault of chopping trash speak within the lead as much as the competition.
However the second combat performed out a lot otherwise. After compromising McGregor with punishing, debilitating calf kicks, Poirier knocked out McGregor, placing the pair at 1-1.
In interviews after the second combat, Poirier confirmed that McGregor’s individuals had reached out concerning the donation and thanked him face-to-face for the cash McGregor supposed to donate to The Good Struggle Basis.
The third combat
A 3rd combat between McGregor and Poirier was scheduled for July 10, with McGregor declaring there could be “no extra Mr. Good Man” — in reference to the relaxed ambiance between the 2 within the leadup to their second combat.
The cordial relationship between the pair rapidly deteriorated. After a series of tweets back and forth, Poirier posted an explosive tweet accusing McGregor of not truly following by way of on the $500,000 donation he’d promised within the lead as much as their second combat.
“That is a enjoyable prediction,” Poirier tweeted. “[Y]ou additionally predicted a donation to my basis and also you and your workforce stopped responding after the combat in January.”
That obtained McGregor’s consideration. He claimed that communication stopped as a result of he was ready on specifics on plans for the cash.
“We have been awaiting the plans for the cash that by no means got here,” he tweeted. “I do this with all my donations.”
After extra forwards and backwards, McGregor obtained more riled up, showing to cancel the upcoming third combat, claiming he would “combat another person” on July 10th.
Almost certainly the combat will go forward and McGregor has made reference to creating Poirier “pay” for “smearing” his identify.
Loads of others obtained concerned, together with McGregor’s supervisor Audie Attar.
McGregor has given closely to charities prior to now, donating 1 million euros to hospitals in Ireland through the COVID-19 pandemic and invested a “vital quantity” to help keep his childhood soccer club alive.
Attar claimed the donation was still going ahead.
Is the combat nonetheless on?
Regardless of the actual fact Conor McGregor talked about doubtlessly preventing another person on July 10, it is onerous to think about this combat not going forward at this level — particularly now, given there’s extra warmth behind the competition.
McGregor’s tweets aren’t making issues any clearer. Here is his most up-to-date point out of the difficulty:
Here is hoping he does not e book a combat towards.