Friday 15 December 2017

Aisling Daly lauds nutritionist after UFC Dublin victory

Tom Rooney

Aisling Day has hailed the contribution of a new nutritionist in helping her to soundly defeat Erika Almeida at UFC Fight 76 last weekend.

Daly, who unquestionably received the warmest reception of all 20 fighters who competed at the 3Arena, simply overwhelmed her Brazilian foe to earn an impressive unanimous decision win on the preliminary card.

Almeida simply couldn't live with Daly’s pace and the Dublin native never let up. It was in stark contrast to SBG fighter’s previous bout which she lost to Randa Markos.

Daly looked considerably lethargic that night, clearly still coming to grips with making the 115lbs limit of the strawweight division, having spent a considerable portion of her career at bantamweight (135lbs).

Cathal Pendred and Aisling Daly are Assassin's Creed Syndicate Ambassadors.
Cathal Pendred and Aisling Daly are Assassin's Creed Syndicate Ambassadors.

In fact, he she failed to make weight for her promotional debut last December, though she did go on to submit Alex Chambers.

With less than a month to go before her showdown with Almeida, ‘Ais the Bash’ enlisted the services of Lindsey Doyle, another female combatant of some repute, and says she’s never felt better.

“Lindsey works out in Elite Nutrition in Glenageary,” she said.  “She used to be a world champion kick-boxer; she’s a competitive female and she used to have to make weight for kick-boxing.

“She’s a female who’s done everything that she’s asking me to do. She’s done weight cuts for tournaments, so she knows the female body.

Cathal Pendred and Aisling Daly are Assassin's Creed Syndicate Ambassadors.
Cathal Pendred and Aisling Daly are Assassin's Creed Syndicate Ambassadors.

“She’s been able to give me such detailed advise and most of it based on her own trial and error. And it’s been such a huge help to me in a short space of time.”

Daly believes the guru’s fresh ethos is allowing to her to reach her full potential and has changed the way she views preparation.

“I went from training really hard and not feeling like my energy levels were really good to eating more food, and performing better in training. During weigh cut week, in the hotel I was probably the most energetic fighter going around.

“She has different approach to weigh cuts. We tend to batter our bodies, and in MMA, there’s a mentality that the harder something is the more mentally tough you are.  She has an approach of being kind to your body and your body will be kind to you,” she said.

She said that post fight indulgence was limited to two days by Doyle and that their real work begins now.

“Sometimes after a fight you go a bit of the rails; binge eating and on the piss, but she’s not even letting me do that. She gave me a couple of days off and now I’m back to eating clean.

“I’d like to get back in again for the February London card, but I could probably go again before that.  I’ve just started working with Lindsay and she only had three weeks with me for this fight, so I’m really looking forward to giving her a bit of time to work with me properly.

“I had a great performance on Saturday, but I think I have even better performances to come with her looking after my nutrition and strength training,” she said.

Aisling Daly is an Assassin's Creed Syndicate Ambassador.

Assassins Creed Syndicate is now out on PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and will be available on Windows PC on November 19.

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