Conor McGregor calls off UFC 264 fight with Dustin Poirier over missing charitable donation
It seems that all of the goodwill that built between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier evaporated just three months after the fight that led to them building so much goodwill in the first place.
Poirier and McGregor quarreled on Twitter on Sunday (and now part of Monday) about the $ 500,000 donation McGregor pledged to Poirier's Foundation prior to their fight at UFC 257. After McGregor predicted that he would win her upcoming fight at UFC 264 from TKO, Poirier publicly called McGregor because the previously promised donation had not yet been made.
McGregor, Poirier duke it on Twitter
McGregor replied to Poirier (you knew he would) by stating that he never received any plans for the money. Apparently he does not donate to charity without knowing exactly where the money is going "point by point".
MMA Junkie confirmed before UFC 257 that the two sides had exchanged banking information for the transfer to go through, but McGregor, who was finished at the end of his last fight, was apparently waiting for more information.
Poirier then replied to a fan who claimed this was all a ploy to promote their fight at UFC 264 because Poirier's wife McGregor had already thanked for the donation.
Poirier followed up with McGregor, tweeting that McGregor's team hadn't responded to emails about where the donation was going.
McGregor breaks off the fight
It seemed the Twitter battle was over, but McGregor needed the final say. On Monday he tweeted several insults at Poirier and broke off the fight. (Warning: NSFW language ahead.)
Poirier, as cool as ever, responded with a word and a video killing McGregor in January.
Unable to give the last word to anyone else, McGregor tweeted what he thought was likely a devastating answer. It was not.
McGregor walking away from a dejected Poirier is a great picture, but it happened seven years ago. In that regard, it's a little pathetic when McGregor was knocked out by Poirier just over two minutes ago in the second round just three months ago.
There was no official announcement of the status of the fight, so it could go on. It's hard to believe that McGregor would turn down the opportunity to take out Poirier after such a public battle.
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