Invicta FC 31’s Kay Hansen: Elite American Fighter

The first thing one will notice about Kay Hansen as she walks into the ring is the steel look in her eyes.  The second thing one might notice is her tattoo sleeve. A lot of fighters have a lot of tattoos but this one stands out. An homage to America, the tattoo starts with the American flag covering her entire shoulder; below, the statue of liberty wraps around her bicep, and below that, a helicopter hovering above the twin towers which runs down the length of her forearm to her wrist.  When Hansen walks to the cage, America walks with her.
Hansen fights at strawweight and trains with Team Punishment out of Whittier, California.  At just barely 18-years-old, Hansen became the youngest fighter to win an Invicta bout, a fight against  Emilee Gettys in December 2017 at Invicta FC 26. The match ended at just 1 minute 23 seconds in the first round when Hansen forced a tap-out via armbar.
Hansen was quickly asked to return in March of 2018 for Invicta FC 28 where she would face “Fifty” Kal Schwartz.  A match that could have gone on to be fight of the night ended in round two when the young Hansen suffered a gash over her left eye that caused blood to pour down her face.
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Hansen suffered a gnarly gash in her bout versus “50 Kal” in Invicta.

Though she would have fought on, the referee called an end to the bout.  In an earlier interview conducted with, Hansen said of the loss: “After the fight was stopped I just felt numb. I can’t describe it any other way. I know how hard my team worked to prepare me for that fight and I just let them down.”

A fighter must accept losses as much, if not more graciously than wins.  Hansen quickly moved past the loss and signed on for a CCW: Super Show fight against Gabby Romero scheduled for July 2018.  The match was stopped 2 minutes into round 3 with Hansen delivering a brutal punishment that Romero was unable to defend against.
Hansen will have her work cut out for her when she faces off against Helen Peralta at Invicta FC 31 on Sept. 1st, 2018.  Peralta has had 2 professional wins, one by way of ref stoppage against Jade Ripley and another by unanimous decision against Cheyanne Vilsmas.
Peralta is a surgical striker, utilizing precision and force to defeat her opponents.  So far, all three of Hansen’s fights have ended before the final bell. When I reached out to ask her if she thought this fight would end in a stoppage as well, her answer was short and sweet: “It’s a good bet.”
It’s a good bet that both of these fighters will be hungry for a quick, violent end when they step into the cage Saturday night and it is this writer’s personal bet that the match will result in a fight of the night.
Be sure not to miss Kay Hansen vs. Helen Peralta at Invicta FC 31, Saturday September 1st on UFC Fight Pass.

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