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The first Irish woman to compete in the UFC has retired due to a brain scan 'abnormality'

Aisling Daly has been forced to hang up her gloves aged 29.

IRISH MMA FIGHTER Aisling Daly has announced her retirement from the sport due to health issues.

The 29-year-old revealed that an “abnormality” was discovered during a routine brain scan last year, which “was the remnant of a small haemorrhage that had taken place at some point in the months previous.”

Daly, who was one of the pioneers of MMA in Ireland and became the first Irish woman to fight in the UFC, made the announcement today on her social media accounts.

She added: “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.”

‘Ais the Bash’ fought out of John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast Gym and closes the curtain on her career with a 16-6 professional record.

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