Conor McGregor’s support and advice from cagside on Saturday night didn’t fall on deaf ears.
UFC Dublin was an emotional night for Aisling Daly. It marked the first time that she had competed in the UFC octagon at the centre of a hometown crowd. Her spine-tingling entrance was unfogettable, the moment of the night, and the talk of the MMA world. To top it all off, she rose to the mighty occasion by turning in what may have been a career best performance to fend-off the challenge of Brazilian submission ace Ericka Almeida.
However, she also had to deal with the devastating stoppage losses of two of her teammates and friends. Cathal Pendred dropped to a bloody defeat at the hands of Tom Breese prior to her own bout. While Paddy Holohan was stopped in the second round of an electrifying main event scrap.
On Monday, as a guest of The MMA Hour, “Ais the Bash” spoke of how she dealt with both.
“My heart really did break a little bit seeing my friend and teammate[Pendred] like that, but I really had to just put it to the back of my mind and know that I had work to do, and business to take care of.
With her own fight in the rear-view mirror, however, Daly couldn’t help but let the emotions out after “The Hooligan” suffered his second UFC loss later in the evening.
“I just started crying. I just started bawling my eyes out in the middle of the green room. I just couldnt keep myself together for that”
“I know Paddy and I know he will come back stronger. He has picked me up enough times and I’ll pick him up this time and dust him off and we will be back to the gym together. “
As Conor McGregor put it in a tweet later that night, these big nights can often be “bitter sweet”.
Speaking of her most famous Straight Blast Gym comrade, Daly also told her interviewer, Ariel Helwani, of how important “The Notorious” was to her victory.
“The only two voices I could hear in the crowd were my Coach[John Kavanagh] and Conor’s. Conor was in a completely different part of the arena and his voice was at a completely different pitch, but i could still hear him. It was bizarre. I guess its just familiarity. Being so close to my coach and being so close to Conor, they were the only two voices I could tune into out of everybody in the arena”.
“His instructions are actually really clear and concise. They are good openings for the positions. Particularly towards the end of the third round, there was a moment where i had good posture and i had good control of her feet. I heard Conor shouting – ‘straight left to the body’. Within seconds I had thrown a hard straight left to the body, so they were definitely good instructions”.
It was a good thing she listened too, because we didn’t want a repeat of this in front of a packed crowd at the 3Arena.
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