Conor McGregor organizes charity fight with Dustin Poirier despite Dana White arranging same match

Cassandra Negley
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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier went back-and-forth on Twitter this week discussing the possibility of a charity match.

Now, with that match announced by McGregor, UFC president Dana White said he offered them a fight on the official books and is waiting to hear back.

McGregor options charity fight to Poirier

McGregor announced that the exhibition charity match would take place in Dublin on Dec. 12. It’s being put on by McGregor Sports and Entertainment in association with The Good Fight, a nonprofit in Louisiana started by Poirier and his wife, Jolie.

The idea of a charity fight started when McGregor argued with an ESPN MMA panel discussing his willingness to “fight anybody.” When Poirier retweeted him, McGregor reached out and asked to do a charity fight “zero to do with the UFC.”

McGregor offered to donate $500,000 to Poirier’s charity and to pay for travel fare for his family. Poirier accepted.

White: UFC offered McGregor, Poirier fight

Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor yell at each other with Dana White in between holding them apart.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor agreed to a charity fight, but Dana White is trying to set it up through UFC. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

White said on the “Spinnin Backfist” podcast that the promotion offered the two a fight and is waiting to hear back.

From MMA Junkie:

“(Conor) called out Poirier for a fight with (him) in Dublin for charity,” White said. “So we offered them both a fight. We offered Dustin and Conor a fight, so we’re waiting to hear back from both of them.”

On Wednesday, Poirier posted “I accept” on his Instagram story without any context.

It would be the second fight between the two lightweights. McGregor won the first bout via first-round knockout at UFC 178 in September of 2014.

McGregor, 32, has been off since January. He defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in his first fight since the October 2018 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Poirier, 31, was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 254 but the contract was never finalized. He last fought in June, a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker.

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