Image source: Dustin Poirier Instagram (@dustinpoirier)
Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, has been working with his charity, The Good Fight Foundation, to help fundraise for various projects.
Most notably, Poirier was helping the charity raise money to help the Pygmy People of Uganda to have more fresh, clean water supplies. Poirier used his platform during the build up to his shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov’s undisputed lightweight title in July.
So, when the lights were shining the brightest on Poirier, he was using those lights to help raise money for the charity. The target for that particular campaign was $25,000 but they smashed that target. Nurmagomedov donated his fight t-shirt which helped to raise $100,000, a sum that UFC President Dana White said he would match.
The UFC announced that Poirier would be receiving the award on Twitter today and also posted a video of Poirier expressing his gratitude for the award when speaking with Jon Anik.
Poirier also released a statement via a press release (courtesy of MMA Fighting) further expression his love for the cause and his gratitude to the fans and the people for getting behind the charity and supporting them in making a difference.
“I’m just grateful for the things we have accomplished with the foundation, the way it’s growing and the support and people getting behind it. It’s amazing that when you do something from the heart, something that means something to you and you do it the right way, all the right things fall into place. These things are forced they are just happening.”
Poirier will be receiving the award at the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony.