Dustin Poirier To Donate $20K To Charles Oliveira’s Home Country
Poirier made up his mind before Saturday night.
Following his submission loss to Charles Oliveira, the UFC lightweight champion, at Saturday’s UFC 269 PPV, Poirier awarded Oliveira a $20,000 gift to a charity of his choice.
“I saw a video this week of him showing where he grew up and where his mom cooked dinner for him. I think it was an old video and saw some of the sights of where he grew up and just how little they had,” Poirier told reporters after the fight.
“It came to me this week, I thought I was going to let him know—win, lose or draw—that me and the Good Fight Foundation would donate $20,000 to his city in Brazil and put the money wherever they think it needs to be.”
“He’s a good guy, and he knows where the money would go the furthest.”
Oliveira comes from Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the Covid-19 epidemic has destroyed the country. The only country with a greater Covid-19 death toll than Brazil is the United States, according to Statista.
Poirier and Oliveira fought for the UFC lightweight title.
It was the second opportunity for Poirier to win the title — the first against Khabib Nurmagomedov — but he suffered a loss once again.
It was the Brazilian’s first-ever title defense against one of the most formidable contenders of the division.