UFC 242, Dustin's Diaries: The Good Fight Foundation goal, celebrating my daughter's birthday

Interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier blogs for MMA Junkie each week on the road to his UFC 242 title-unification bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which takes place Sept. 7 at The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

In the third edition of “Dustin’s Diaries,” Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) takes a mental break from preparation for Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) by spending time with his family, as well as the announcement of his latest goal for The Good Fight Foundation.

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The Good Fight Foundation partners with Fight For The Forgotten

We recently announced our goal for my charity, The Good Fight Foundation, for the biggest fight of my career. A flood had happened not too long ago, and it ruined the water supply at an orphanage and school in Uganda. When I heard that I knew that’s what we needed to do. We will be partnering up with Fight For The Forgotten, and we’re putting our powers together and going to build a new water well that’s solar powered and also a new water tower for the orphanage and the children. They’re walking really far right now to get water, and the water they are getting is filthy. The flood they had there ruined their water supply. It got mixed with sewage and all kinds of stuff, and it’s just very foul living conditions. I felt like that was a great cause, and I’m excited to be part of it.

For the water pumping system and the well it’s going to be $25,000 we’re trying to raise, with an overflow goal of $50,000. I’m going to be auctioning off my fight kit towards this goal, and we’re also taking donations. If we surpass the $25,000 goal, which is very possible, JustinWren and his team are going to do a few more wells so they can have fresh water around that area.

You can donate at TheGoodFightGroup.com, or go to FightForTheForgotten.com and donate straight to the cause. This one does mean a lot to me. Of course, I would like to hang onto my fight gear and frame it because it’s part of history. This is a huge deal. I would love to show this to my children and one day my grandchildren, but helping people out is more important than holding on to this stuff. I would rather affect people directly.

Taking time away from the fight

With my wife Jolie and my daughter Parker with me during training camp in South Florida, I try to take time away from the fight with them. Having my family here gives me a few hours here and there where we go do something, and I’m not thinking about it. In the back of my head I’m kind of still thinking about it. I know it’s looming over me, but I’m still enjoying my family. It’s a great balance. It’s a breath of fresh air throughout the grind. It reminds me every day what I’m fighting for. Seeing my daughter smile, watching her play.

She and my wife are sacrificing, too, while I’m in camp. They’re away from family, and they’re stuck in our two-bedroom condo with no car most of the time because I usually have the car that we rent. I’m at the gym twice a day or doing therapy or something. They’re grinding this camp out with me. When I get in there, they get in there with me. I carry this all on my back.

Tunnel vision locking in

When I’m in camp every week as it gets close to the fight, I feel more like I’m in tunnel vision and drown out everything else. Sitting back and looking at the whole thing, I feel like when I’m in camp I’m grinding, I’m focused, and I have tunnel vision. And then when I leave for the fight it’s like, ‘Finally.’

We’re focusing more on the details now, just really breaking things down positionally. Obviously I’m pushing my cardio hard. This is the big push these last two weeks. I’m excited to get out in into the desert and feel the heat, feel the energy and feel the vibe out there. I’m really excited about the future, and I’m just appreciative of the opportunity to be great.

How many times in your life do the stars align where you have a real opportunity to do something great? That’s what I feel like I have here. I don’t feel like this is another fight. This is the opportunity to show how great I am, and I’m not taking it for granted.

 

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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