Dustin Poirier continued to shine inside the Octagon in 2022, but it was what he did outside of it that was most impressive.
The former interim UFC lightweight champion and 2020 Forrest Griffin Community Award winner positively impacted communities around the world through The Good Fight Foundation in 2022. Poirier, his wife Jolie, and other members of The Good Fight Foundation board contributed over $287,000 to various charities and causes.
When Poirier started going down the list recapping everything that The Good Fight did in 2022, he realized just how big their impact was.
“It’s honestly overwhelming looking back at it. There was no specific goal; the goal is always just to help where we can,” Poirier told UFC.com. “We really branched out in 2022 and things snowballed and got bigger and we’re so happy that we were able to change lives. The 287,000 dollars goes further than just the items purchased and the money. It really changes lives and we’re honored to help.”
It’s the season of giving and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside @thehublafayette another year as we fulfilled their Christmas Wish List! Helping restore lives each day, you guys are amazing & we appreciate all that you do for our community! Thank you 🙏🏽♥️ pic.twitter.com/ghZcxIfI85— The Good Fight Foundation (@TheGoodFightFDN) November 30, 2022
Beat The Streets, Second Harvest Foodbank, Journey to Adulthood Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Lord’s Hospital, The Charles Oliveira Institute (The CB Institute), Angel By Nature, The Hub Lafayette, The Atlas Foundation, Texas Children’s Hospital, and other organizations received assistance from The Good Fight in 2022.
Poirier and The Good Fight team does more than just contribute money to important causes. They physically hand out backpacks, car seats, meals, school supplies, holiday gifts and many other small things that might not pick up media converge.
Being hands-on is one of the things that Poirier loves about giving back. It gives him perspective and allows him to build stronger bonds with the people that he and The Good Fight are assisting.
“I would never ask somebody to help me out with the work that comes with The Good Fight. I love sweating in a warehouse packing stuff or handing out meals or driving the U-Haul to deliver things,” Poirier said. “Not only do we save money by doing it ourselves, but we get to make an assembly in my house or at a friend’s and do something together for a bigger cause. The goals wouldn’t get met without that hard work and without the passion for making a difference.
Beyond thankful for everyone who came Wednesday to help with our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! Having our community come together to help those in need is such a blessing. Loved seeing the children get involved this year! Our foundation would not exist without you all ♥️🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/r9R9OvZjiN— The Good Fight Foundation (@TheGoodFightFDN) November 26, 2022
“It’s cool because it started off as a family thing, but now it’s a whole community and I love that.”
It’s an exciting prospect to look back at 2022 and see everything that The Good Fight accomplished, and while there is no specific big fish goal in 2023, the one thing Poirier can guarantee is that The Good Fight will continue to make a difference however it can.
“We’re not sure what 2023 will look like just yet,” Poirier said. “But we are excited to see where it goes and how we can help those in need.”
For more information regarding The Good Fight Foundation, please visit TheGoodFightGroup.com.