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McGregor, Poirier talk charity PPV fight in tweets


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McGregor, Poirier talk charity PPV fight in tweets

10:11 PM ETMarc RaimondiESPN Staff Writer Conor McGregor has attempted to book himself in yet another fight, despite past remarks that he’s retired.On Monday, the UFC superstar proposed a charity MMA fight to former opponent Dustin Poirier on Twitter. The exhibition, McGregor wrote, would be on pay-per-view and proceeds would go to Poirier’s The Good…

McGregor, Poirier talk charity PPV fight in tweets

10:11 PM ET

  • Marc RaimondiESPN Staff Writer

Conor McGregor has attempted to book himself in yet another fight, despite past remarks that he’s retired.

On Monday, the UFC superstar proposed a charity MMA fight to former opponent Dustin Poirier on Twitter. The exhibition, McGregor wrote, would be on pay-per-view and proceeds would go to Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation as well as charities of McGregor’s choosing. McGregor even threw out a date and location: Dec. 12 at Point Depot in Dublin, Ireland.

«No weigh ins,» McGregor wrote. «Open weight, unified rules. I will arrange all travel fare for you and family. McGregor Sports and Entertainment MMA, in association with The Good Fight Foundation. Charity Mixed Martial Arts!»

Hey bro! You want to do an MMA charity fight? Zero to do with the ufc. I will donate half a mill towards your charity for it. Sell it on ppv or work a tv deal and we work out other charities that are close to my heart also. I am engaged in many.

Strictly a charity «exhibition»

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 29, 2020

December 12th in the Point depot, Ireland. No weigh ins.

Open weight, unified rules.

I will arrange all travel fare for you and family.

McGregor Sports and Entertainment MMA, in association with The Good Fight Foundation.

Charity Mixed Martial Arts!

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 29, 2020

To that, Poirier, a top UFC lightweight contender, tweeted back: «I’m in! Let’s do it!»

I’m in! Lets do it! A lot of people will benefit from this @TheGoodFightFDN https://t.co/Hy0ZlPFyFv

— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 29, 2020

McGregor wrote in response that they would take the conversation offline and «progress the process from here.»

Both men are still under contract with the UFC, which would have to approve of such a contest. If the promotion did that, it would be the first such situation of its kind. A request for comment from the UFC was not immediately returned Monday.

While McGregor said in June that he is retired, he tweeted Friday that his next fight would be a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao. McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management, told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that the talks between McGregor and Pacquiao, who is also managed by Attar, are real and the UFC is on board with the plan.

No date or location has been hashed out yet for that, though McGregor tweeted that it would be in the Middle East.

McGregor has been very active on Twitter over the past few days, upset that people — specifically UFC president Dana White — have said that he doesn’t want to fight or has been turning down fights. On Friday, McGregor posted screenshots of Instagram direct messages between he and White, showing that he was interested in fighting Justin Gaethje and Diego Sanchez — or anyone else — back in February, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

In an Instagram post Saturday, McGregor wrote that it was «borderline criminal» that the UFC has sidelined him since his January knockout win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

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White blasted McGregor on Saturday night at the UFC 253 postfight news conference, saying McGregor’s posting of their messages was in violation of «man code» and «one of the dirtiest things you can do.»

«You guys have been asking me about Conor McGregor forever,» White said. «Did you see Conor McGregor’s tweet? The retirement tweet. ‘I’m retired.'»

White also said he had «no idea» about McGregor’s talks with Pacquiao. McGregor tweeted Sunday that White should «stop lying.»











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