Aisling Daly announces her retirement from the sport of MMA.

Aisling Daly announces her retirement from the sport of MMA.

Aisling Daly just dropped a bombshell of an announcement on her Instagram.

“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 hemorrhage 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.”

Daly retires from professional fighting at just 29 year old, with a record of 16-6. She said it best in her Instagram post regarding her mixed martial arts achievements.

“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.”

Daly won the North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS) 125 pound Women’s Championship in 2011, with a victory over Jessica Eye.

Daly fought in Bellator, Cage Rage, Invicta, and a slew of other organizations before she made it onto The Ultimate Fighter. Aisling joined the ‘Pettis vs Melendez‘ cast in the TUF strawweight tournament. Despite losing her quarterfinal fight¬† on the show to Jessica Penne, she went on to compete in the UFC. Daly racked up a respectable 2-1 record in the promotion.

It’s time for the second phase of her fight life and wishes her the best of luck.