Sunday 24 September 2017

Ais 'The Bash' Daly forced to retire from MMA after 'abnormality' shows up in brain scan

23 October 2015; Aisling Daly weighs in for her strawweight bout against Ericka Almeida. UFC Fight Night Weigh In. 3Arena, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
23 October 2015; Aisling Daly weighs in for her strawweight bout against Ericka Almeida. UFC Fight Night Weigh In. 3Arena, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
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Aisling Daly has announced her retirement from MMA tonight due to an 'abnormality' found during a brain scan.

The Dublin fighter posted a 16-6 record during her career, and took part in season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. Daly trained at Straight Blast Gym throughout her career under coach John Kavanagh, who also trains Conor McGregor.

Daly took to Instagram tonight to announce the news.

"I will be officially retiring from the sport of MMA," she said.

"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 would like to thank from the bottom of my heart the fans who have supported me tirelessly through various parts of the journey."

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