Dustin Poirier slams Conor McGregor for 'casting negative light' on UFC ace's charity after row over $500k donation
DUSTIN POIRIER admits his Twitter row with Conor McGregor cast a 'negative light' over his charity.
The former interim lightweight champion was embroiled in a war of words with earlier this month after revealing The Notorious had yet to make good on a promised £363,000 ($500,000) donation to The Good Fight Foundation.
McGregor – who donated $500k to the Acadiana Boys & Girls Club in Lousiana this week – reacted furiously, claiming he hadn't received proof of where the funds would go before questioning Poirier's integrity.
Porier, 32, apologised for airing out their dirty laundry in public, although it wasn't for the benefit of McGregor.
During an appearance on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, he said: "I still stand behind everything [I said].
"I would never make something up that wasn't true.
"But casting a negative light on my foundation or just attaching it to something negative, it just wasn't good looking back.
"As the voice of the foundation, I just felt like it wasn't good."
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Fan favourite Poirier will have a rubber match with McGregor on July 10 in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
But The Diamond admits he thought the blockbuster fight would fall through after McGregor seemingly pulled the plug on the contest.
When asked if he thought the fight was in danger of being axed, he replied: "I think it was. I think it was."
Poirier, the No1-ranked lightweight in the world, added: "If it fell apart, it kind of sucks.
"Because as I said, I think this means a lot. But at the end of the day, I'm still the No1 contender.
"It would've sucked if it did fall apart, but it's out of my hands."
Poirier will go into his series decider with McGregor brimming with confidence following his second-round knockout of the Irishman at UFC 257 in January.
And the pride of Lafayette, Louisana, is confident of handing the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight champion his second consecutive loss.
When asked to give his pre-fight prediction, Poirier confidently said: "I'm gonna stop Conor again.
"July 10, I'm gonna get my hand raised and I'm gonna finish Conor McGregor again."
But the former featherweight has refused to predict what round he'll end the fight, adding: "I don't do all that, I don't all that.
"I just show up ready to scrap."
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