A women's MMA pioneer is calling it a career.
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Aisling Daly has announced that she is hanging up her gloves. Monday, the 29-year-old Irish fighter posted via Instagram that an abnormality on a recent brain scan led her to retire.
“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,” Daly wrote. “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.”
One of the first standouts to emerge from John Kavanagh's SBG Ireland gym, Daly fought professionally for nearly 10 years. Debuting in May 2007 in Denmark, Daly was a trailblazer for both Irish MMA, as well as women's MMA across Europe.
Daly last competed in October 2015, earning a unanimous decision victory over Brazilian Erick Almeida in her native Dublin at UFC Fight Night 76. “Ais the Bash” put together a 2-1 UFC mark after competing on the 20th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” where she punched out Angela Magana, then lost a unanimous decision to Jessica Penne.
Daly retires with a 16-6 pro MMA record.
Read her full Instagram statement below:
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 #TheQueenofIrishMMA #AisTheFirst #SBG #happy #proud #grateful #MMA #UFC #retirement #worldchampion #blackbelt #legend