Dustin Poirier’s charitable efforts at the time of his fights have become a tradition. That hasn’t changed in Saturday’s UFC on the ESPN 12 lineup with Dan Hooker.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has altered the reality of what’s possible, Poirier (26-6 MMA, 17-5 UFC) and his nonprofit charity, The Good Fight Foundation, have yet come up with a plan to improve life. of those in the community of his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, if only for a few hours.
“The Diamond” will pay for the fight night meal tabs for people coming to Broaddus Burger (located at 610 E. Kaliste Saloom Road) to watch the UFC on ESPN 12, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Poirier wants to encourage support from local businesses, and he thought paying the food bill would be a good way to do this.
“We got to some locally owned restaurants and we wanted to give them a small increase in business,” Poirier told MMA Junkie. “So, from the start of the fights on Saturday to the end of the fights, from 5 pm to the close, we are encouraging people to come in and we are going to cover their food bill. We will cover the tabs for everyone who sees the fights.
“I think it is good for everyone to come together and speak on a common ground of struggle. With everything that is happening with this separation of people to have something to animate locally and unite the community. I thought it was a good idea. “
In the past, charitable goals around Poirier’s fights included building water wells to repair a ruined water supply at an orphanage and school in Uganda, building a playground for children in need. specials, the supply of backpacks for more than 500 schoolchildren and more.
Poirier is also auctioning off his battered team to raise money for his charity.
Although the current global climate has downplayed the options for the showdown with Hooker, there are a number of post-fight plans in the works, Poirier said.
Poirier is in the process of arranging a return trip to school to provide supplies for needy children, intends to cover lunch payments for disadvantaged children and, once possible, a 5 kilometer “Unity Run” to bring together people from all walks of life.