Dustin Poirier’s charitable efforts across the time of his fights have turn out to be one thing of a practice. That hasn’t modified going into Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 12 headliner with Dan Hooker.

Though the coronavirus pandemic has altered the truth of what’s doable, Poirier (26-6 MMA, 17-5 UFC) and his non-profit charity group, The Good Struggle Basis, have nonetheless provide you with a plan to reinforce life for these in his hometown neighborhood of Lafayette, La. – if even for just some hours.

“The Diamond” can pay the combat evening meals tabs for individuals who come to Broaddus Burger (situated at 610 E. Kaliste Saloom Highway) to observe UFC on ESPN 12, which takes place on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Poirier desires to encourage the help of native companies, and he thought footing the invoice for meals can be a great way to make that occur.

“We reached to some locally-owned eating places and we wished to present them a small bump in enterprise,” Poirier advised MMA Junkie. “So from the start of the fights on Saturday to the top of the fights, from 5 p.m. to shut, we’re encouraging folks to come back in and we’re going to cowl their meals invoice. We’re going to cowl the tabs for everybody watching the fights.

“I believe it’s good to have everybody come collectively and discuss over a standard floor of preventing. With all the pieces that’s happening with this separation of individuals to have one thing to cheer for domestically and convey the neighborhood collectively. I believed that was good thought.”

Up to now, charity objectives round Poirier’s fights have included constructing water wells to restore a ruined water provide at an orphanage and college in Uganda, constructing a playground for particular wants youngsters, supplying backpacks for greater than 500 schoolchildren and extra.

Poirier sometimes auctions off his fight-worn gear to boost cash for his charity, as properly.

Though the present world local weather has minimized choices going into the matchup with Hooker, there are a selection of post-fight plans within the works, Poirier mentioned.

Poirier is within the strategy of organising a back-to-school drive to supply provides for youngsters in want, intends on overlaying lunch funds for underprivileged youngsters, and, as soon as doable, a 5-kilometer “Unity Run” to carry collectively folks from all walks of life.