Friday, February 5, 2021

Champ gives back to community

 When Dustin Poirier the 32-year-old former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion, wanted to give back to his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, he and his wife Jolie looked into their closet for inspiration. They began auctioning off the shorts, jackets and wraps that Poirier used in dozens of storied fights, selling they through a new nonprofit called "The Good Fight," which is dedicated to helping underserved communities in their local Acadiana region. The first auctioned kit was from the Poirier vs Eddy Alvarez fight, and proceeds provided 3,000 meals for their local Second Harvest Food Bank.

In August, 2019, auction proceeds paid for a playground for children, but especially for kids with special needs, fulfilling the dying wish of a young boy in a wheelchair after Jolie heard his story. Poirier says it makes him feel "really proud" and happy --especially since he's the father of a 4-year-old daughter. "I can be a tough guy, travel all around the world and get into bloody fights," he says, "but I can come home and I'm still dad. I can play Barbies. It really balances me out."

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