Saturday, October 23, 2010
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 39 on November 27th.
Daly (9-1-0) opened her career with nine straight victories in and around Ireland, including a win over recent Strikeforce tournament participant Maiju Kujala. She dropped down in weight to enter the Bellator 115-pound tournament, but suffered her first loss in a bout with Lisa Ward at Bellator 26 in late August. Daly was unable to compete with Ward’s dominance on the ground, but she will likely have a striking battle on her hands when she welcomes Helsel to Ireland. All but one of Daly’s wins have come by stoppage and she is regarded as one of the top female strikers in Western Europe.
Helsel (8-9-1) sports a deceiving record that belies her true talent. The veteran of 18 fights has been competing for well over seven years and has faced many of the best female fighters in mixed martial arts. Helsel’s biggest win remains a 2005 submission of Lisa Ward and many of her defeats – including those against Julie Kedzie and Carina Damm – have come via razor-thin decisions. Helsel engaged in a war with then-HCF champ Sarah Kaufman in 2008 and took Raging Wolf champion Alexis Davis the 25-minute distance last year. She will now look to spoil Daly’s homecoming in November.
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