Throughoutyou would be forgiven for believing the usually risky Conor McGregor had turned over a brand new leaf. No trash speak within the lead as much as the occasion, no drama infused press conferences or chaotic staredowns — simply mutual respect between two human beings about to knock lumps out of one another.
However within the months after McGregor was knocked out by Poirier within the 2nd spherical, issues have soured dramatically. The difficulty? A promised charity donation of $500,000 that, in accordance with Dustin Poirier, has but to be delivered by Conor McGregor and his crew.
Let’s begin firstly.
Within the wake of a dominant win towardsin early 2020, Conor McGregor was itching to proceed preventing all through the rest of the 12 months. Sadly COVID-19 put an enormous dent in these plans.
The UFC continued placing on battle playing cards all through 2020 and was one of many first sports activities within the US to come back “again,” nevertheless it appeared as if the UFC had been reluctant to place collectively one other McGregor battle — most certainly as a result of followers could not attend fights but and the UFC makes a big amount of cash on stay gates to see one of many sport’s largest stars.
For comparability, the UFC may normally absorb $1 to $2 million in ticket gross sales for a daily occasion. A McGregor battle with full attendance will usher in over $7 million from ticket gross sales alone.
So McGregor was left on the shelf.
Out of frustration McGregor took issues into his personal fingers, trying to place collectively an exhibition bout with Dustin Poirier.
Conor McGregor had confronted Dustin Poirier earlier than. In 2014, McGregor defeated Poirier through a devastating first spherical KO. However to stay lively, McGregor provided to face off towards Dustin Poirier in a second battle — 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 received the UFC’s consideration.
Within the wake of these tweets the UFC arrange a reputable rematch between McGregor and Poirier below the UFC banner, however McGregor dedicated to the $500,000 donation he had promised regardless.
Given the result of their first battle, McGregor was closely favoured to beat Poirier of their rematch. Within the lead up, the pair had been extraordinarily cordial — a stark distinction to the primary battle, the place McGregor was largely credited with beating Poirier mentally with an assault of reducing trash speak within the lead as much as the competition.
However the second battle performed out a lot otherwise in comparison with the primary. After compromising McGregor with punishing, debilitating calf kicks, Poirier knocked out McGregor placing the pair at 1-1.
In interviews after the second battle, Poirier confirmed that McGregor’s individuals had reached out concerning the donation and thanked him face-to-face for the cash McGregor meant to donate to The Good Combat Basis.
A 3rd battle between McGregor and Poirier was scheduled for July 10, with McGregor declaring there can be “no extra Mr Good Man” — in reference to the relaxed environment between the 2 within the lead as much as their second battle.
The cordial relationship between the pair shortly deteriorated. After a series of tweets back and forth, Poirier posted an explosive tweet accusing McGregor of not truly following by means of on the $500,000 donation he’d promised within the lead as much as their second battle.
“That is a enjoyable prediction,” Poirier tweeted. “[Y]ou additionally predicted a donation to my basis and also you and your crew stopped responding after the battle in January.”
That received 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 try this with all my donations.”
After extra backwards and forwards, McGregor received more riled up, showing to cancel the upcoming third battle, claiming he would “battle another person” on July 10th.
Probably the battle will go forward and McGregor has made reference to creating Poirier “pay” for “smearing” his identify.
Loads of others received 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.