A big week for Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, not only will he face Daniel Hooker in this weekends Fight Night main event; but he has also been recognized by the UFC for his work in the community.
An award to spotlight a UFC athlete who has go e above and beyond performing charitable acts and volunteering in their community. Earlier this year the UFC had announced the Forrest Griffin Community Award, presented by Toyo Tires®.
Toyo Tires will be donating $25,000 to a charity of Poirier’s chosen. “The Diamond” will also be honored at the 2020 UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony later this year.
The Good Fight Foundation was established in April of 2018 by Dustin and his wife Jolie. Committing to helping people and battling for change. From food drives, to back to school campaigns, fundraisers, helps the homeless, and shelters; in their hometown of Lafayette and neighboring Acadiana, Louisiana.
At UFC 242 Poirier challenged for the UFC lightweight championship. Falling short against Khabib Nurmagomedov the night was not a loss. Both fighters would auction off their custom walkout shirts. The effort raised $100,000, which the UFC matched, in all donating $200,000.
The funds where used to secure car seats for those who where in need in Louisiana. A big portion also went to the “Fight for the Forgotten”, formed by MMA heavyweight Justin Wren, combating the water crisis in Uganda.
When COVID-19 hit Louisiana, The Good Fight Foundation donated 1,000 meals to frontline workers.
Poirier came into the WEC as a lightly touted featherweight with great submissions. He’s transformed into a top contender at lightweight. A heavy handed southpaw who force the fight to happen in the pocket. And much more importantly a leader in his community.