Recently turned professional MMA athlete and undefeated Irish amateur Ayo Daly fresh off his first pro win in Lithuania is hot on the heels of following it up with more success. In doing so he risks it all, dropping everything on two weeks’ notice to take on a veteran of South African MMA, Martin Van Staden record 14-7, in a co main event slot with the winner being the next EFC welterweight title contender. Daly was called up to fill the spot of Irishman Peter Queally, who had to pull out due to injury. Peter Queally fights out of SBG, Conor Mc Gregor’s gym and a rival Irish MMA gym to Daly’s Team Ryano gym.
With the winner getting the next title shot at the welterweight champion there is a lot on the line for both fighters but there is a back story between Daly & Van Staden. Ayo has trained and travelled this journey before with his previous training partner Henry Hercules Fadipe when he was scheduled to fight Martin. That fight ended Martin’s run towards the title and also left him with a serious knee injury that left him out of competition for a year.
EFC President Cairo Howarth said: “Daly has some massive shoes to fill. The whole country of Ireland was behind Queally for his bout and I know they will rally in support of Daly as he now takes on van Staden in front of his home crowd. This is a huge test for him, but the last two Irishmen that competed in EFC conquered the best that the division had to offer.”
EFC Matchmaker Graeme Cartmell said: “I have been watching Ayo Daly for a long time. He has travelled with and been part of nearly every one of Fadipe’s EFC fights, plus he cornered and trained Fadipe ahead of his devastating victory over van Staden, which saw van Staden out of competition for over a year.” He added, “I called him this morning. He said he knows Martin’s style, and he accepted the fight immediately. I believe this makes him a very serious threat.
EFC 38 will take place this Saturday the 4th of April in Durban, South Africa. Having recently agreed a TV deal for Europe with ESPN it could be televised in Europe. TBC
In the Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa. In the hometown of his opponent Martin Van Staden and on one of Africa’s biggest MMA stages.
About Ayo Daly:
Ayo Daly was born on 19th of February, 1987, in Dublin, Ireland. Fighting out of Team Ryano he has an undefeated record of 1-0 professional fights and 8-0-1 amateur fights, with all victories coming by way of stoppage (5 Submissions, 3 TKO’s). Selected as amateur of the year by SevereMMA for 2014 and widely considered to one of Irish MMA’s one to watch as he makes his way on to the professional circuit.
Currently ranked 10th out of 316 active amateur welterweights in the UK & Ireland and after his recent first professional win in Lithuania he is ranked 108th out of 219 active Pro Welterweights in the UK & Ireland as of March 31, 2015 on Tapology.