Dustin Poirier, who has recently reached #1 in the UFC lightweight rankings, is auctioning off the memorabilia from his fights to raise money for his hometown.
Poirier started The Good Fight Foundation in 2018 as a way to help the underserved communities in Lafayette, Louisiana — the town he and his wife grew up in. “We’re proud to be from here,” said Poirier. “That’s what me and my wife do everytime I fight. We try to raise money for a goal for our foundation and just represent Lafayette, Louisiana, the best way we can.”
The pair began auctioning off kits from Poirier’s matches, including shorts, jackets, and wraps that have seen dozens of storied fights. The first auction kit alone, from the Poirier vs Eddie Alvarez fight, raised enough money to provide 3,000 meals for their local Second Harvest Food Bank. Over the course of the foundation’s existence, the auction kits have raised funds to help develop and build a playground designed for children with special needs, assist the young family of fallen LPD officer Michael Middlebrook in their time of mourning, provide 100 women experiencing homelessness with care packages, and give 500 children at Acadian Middle School supplies and backpacks.
“I’m really proud of it,” said Poirier about The Good Fight Foundation. “I’m proud of how it’s growing. It seems effortless because it’s real. It’s true. The word’s spreading. We’re not forcing anything. These goals are coming together and getting met. It just really makes me happy.” The foundation’s first goal of 2021 is to fully fund transportation and tutors for all six locations of The Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana. At the moment, the students have transportation from school to the clubs, but are left without a ride home in the evening. This has resulted in a great drop in attendance.
“I am a fighter. It’s what I do. Now, I want to fight the good fight — for those who can’t,” explained Poirier. “I have created a platform for fellow athletes and fans to join together, fight for underserved communities and answer the call of those in need.” To learn more about The Good Fight Foundation and upcoming auctions, be sure to check out their website!Whizzco