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Aisling Daly Announces Retirement From MMA

This afternoon women’s mixed martial arts fighter and UFC strawweight fighter Aisling Daly announced her retirement from active mixed martial arts activity.

Aisling posted on her Instagram that she is dealing with a abnormality in her brain which has forced her to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts. Below you can see her full statement.

I will be officially retiring from the sport of MMA.

This past year a routine brain scan showed up evidence of an abnormality, the remnant of a small haemorrhage that had taken place at some point in the months previous. It would be unlikely I would be medically cleared to compete again, even in the event I could find a doctor who would clear me it would be very unwise for me to continue to compete with the risks involved.

My career has ended prematurely but I’m very grateful for my long list of achievements, I am and will always be ‘Ais the first’ for so many things, my legacy set in stone in the history of Irish mixed martial arts. I am the countries first ever world champion, the first and only female to ever do it. I have and always will give back to the sport which has given me so much.

I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart the fans who have supported me tirelessly through various parts of the journey. Without this support there is no sport of MMA as we know it.
I would like to thank my good friends and close team mates, there is no substitute for the genuine loyalty built between people over years of blood, sweat and tears.

I am truly most grateful for my wonderful family, who were there to pick up the pieces throughout my entire career and especially now when my dream fell apart. This would have been intolerable without their help, emotionally and financially. They say you can’t choose family but I would want no other.

Now starts the next chapter of my life. I’m very fortunate to have grown up within such an outstanding organisation as SBG. I am equipped with the skills to be an exceptional coach and member of the martial arts community and I look forward to seeing what challenges lie ahead for me. “New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”― Lao Tzu

Aisling Daly first broke into the UFC when she was a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 20 where she was a member of Team Pettis. During her time on the show she made it to the quarterfinals where she was defeated by Jessica Penne via unanimous decision. Following her run the show she would go on to have a 2-1 record in the UFC with victories over Alex Chambers and Erick Almeida.

Before making her way to the states and fighting for the UFC, Daley was an accomplished and pioneer in women’s MMA over in Ireland. Aisling Daly, along with members of her team like Conor McGregor first broke out on the scene during their run under Ireland’s Cage Warriors promotion. While with Cage Warriors, Daly went 3-3 under the banner and had epic battles with Rosi Sexton, Karla Benitz and Molly Helsel.

Aisling Daly ends her mixed martial arts career with a 16-5 record.


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