Kay Hansen joins 115lb division & the UFC with multi fight deal starting with UFC Vegas 4.
Kay Hansen announced on social media that she has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion set to begin with a bout on Saturday June 26th in Las Vegas. Hanson’s opponent, first announced by MMA Junkie’s Nolan King, will be fellow newcomer Jinh Yu Frey.
Hansen is already making some history in the UFC without even stepping into the octagon. She is currently the second youngest fighter (20-years-old) on the roster only behind Chase Hooper, who is exactly one month younger than Hansen.
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Today I got the call every fighter dreams of. Earlier this afternoon, I signed a multi-fight contract with the @ufc 😭🙏 I can’t begin to describe how blessed and thankful I am for all of my family, teammates, friends, and coaches for the constant support through every up and down. I also want to give a special thank you to @shanknapp and everyone at @invictafc for everything they do for their athletes. I am forever grateful to be apart of the InvictaFC family. This is just the beginning ❤️🙏
Hansen after only one amateur fight in the sport has gone 6-3 in her young professional career. She has spent all but one of her professional fights under the Invicta FC banner. In 2017 Hansen was welcomed to the cage with a 1st round submission victory in her debut, the fight taking under two minutes. Hansen has since finished five of her six victories, and has never been finished in her three losses.
The California native trains at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, owned by BJJ black belt Eddie Bravo. For those who don’t know the name Eddie Bravo, the black belt has trained elite fighters such as Tony Ferguson, Kelvin Gastelum, Bellator champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and more including UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
Hansen has also dabbled in Boxing, showing that she has much to offer in her variety of skill sets. With two wins via TKO and three via submission it is clear Hansen has an eye and skill set made for finishes which will be welcomed into the ever competitive Strawweight division in the UFC holding violent names such as champion Weili Zhang and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
It is clear that this signing shows how much potential the UFC brass see in Hansen. At only 20 years of age and although already nine fights into her career she is still very young in the sport. Hansen’s opponent, also of Invicta FC (former atomweight champion), Jing Yu Frey will also be making her UFC debut at the age of 35. Frey (9-4-0) may hold the advantage in the age department, but Hansen walks in with a 3 fight win streak and loads of confidence.
Check out Hansen’s UFC debut this Saturday June 26th at UFC on ESPN 12 headlined by former Interim Champion Dustin Poirier Vs. Dan Hooker in the lightweight division.
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