Aisling Daly Selected for The Ultimate Fighter
Congratulations to Straight Blast Gym Ireland’s Aisling Daly for having been selected to appear of the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Ais ‘The Bash’ Daly will be competing with fifteen other women to become the first ever UFC women’s Strawweight Champion.
Daly, who trains at SBG Ireland under Coach John Kavanagh, is currently 14-5 in an MMA career that has spanned Europe and the US, and has made her Ireland’s first MMA world champion. After missing the whole of 2013, Daly returned to competition to defeat Karla Benitez on New Year’s Eve at Cage Warriors 63 via second-round armbar.
Ever the pioneer for Irish women’s MMA, Aisling Daly will be the first Irish woman to appear on The Ultimate Fighter, and will also be the first to step inside the Octagon. This season of the Ultimate Fighter will crown a second UFC Women’s champion, to go alongside the women’s bantamweight champion (currently held by Ronda Rousey). While Daly’s competition for the new title will indeed be stiff, including a United States kickboxing champion and a former International Kickboxing Federation women’s bantamweight champion, she has no reason not to be confident; having faced some of the biggest names in women’s MMA over her career, and having impressed in the Ultimate Fighter tryouts, which took place this April.
Confidence in Aisling is high, nowhere more so that in the Straight Blast Gym Ireland camp itself. SBG Ireland team mate and UFC featherweight Conor McGregor said:
“I believe she’ll do very well, I’m over the moon for Aisling. She’s been around for so long, she’s Ireland’s fighting lady now. She’s over there in Vegas, she’s competing on this Ultimate Fighter, it’s great.
“Her mind has been strong lately, really strong. She can go all the way and win that strap, no doubt.”
With the current rate with which the UFC is signing fighters from SBG Ireland, it is hardly surprising that people are expecting a great showing from Daly. As well as Conor McGregor, she trains alongside both Cathal Pendred and Paddy Holohan, both of whom signed for the UFC in the last couple of months. With the UFC returning to Dublin this month for UFC Fight Night 46, and with the recent influx of Irish fighters into the UFC, the reputation of Irish MMA is at an all-time high. There is no reason why a fighter of Daly’s ability should not be joining her team mates in the UFC soon enough. Best of luck, Aisling!
Watch Aisling Daly on the new season of the Ultimate Fighter, which airs on September 10 on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m.