Irish MMA star Aisling Daly has unfortunately announced her retirement from all professional MMA competition due to an abnormality found during a brain scan as a result of a prior brain haemorrhage.
Today is, unfortunately, a sad day for Irish sport as SBG Ireland’s Aisling Daly has announced her retirement from all professional mixed martial arts competition, effective immediately.
Daly, who appeared on the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter as a housemate, went 2-1 in her time in the UFC before calling it a day on her career after a routine brain scan showed an abnormality that came as a result of a prior brain haemorrhage. With an increasingly noticeable emphasis being placed by SBG Ireland on the long-term health of their fighters, to risk anything further just didn’t seem to be an option given the circumstances
Taking to her official Instagram account today, the BJJ black-belt gave a heartfelt message to her fans in which she showed gratitude for all of the love and support she has felt along the way but not before revealing that she is nowhere near finished living the life of a martial artist. With coaching now firmly within her sights, Daly will step away from the octagon and expand into her new role as a teacher.
Regardless of what has happened, she will forever be the first Irish woman to make the walk to the octagon so wherever she does end up, we wish the Queen of Irish MMA the best of luck with her future.
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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
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena