September 29, 2020

What’s next for the fighters of UFC Vegas 4?

Last Saturday at UFC Vegas 4, two Invicta FC standouts made their UFC debuts.

On the prelims, Kay Hansen (7-3) submitted former Invicta FC atomweight champ Jinh Yu Frey (9-5) in the third round via armbar.

So, what’s next for the fighters of UFC Vegas 4?

Fullerton, California's Kay Hansen earns 1st UFC win, submits Jinh ...

JINH YU FREY

Prior to the fight ending, Frey was looking strong in her move up to 115 pounds. Her striking was sharp and she didn’t appear to be at any major size disadvantages. In her next fight, Frey should face a returning Jessica Penne. Penne, a former atomweight champion in her own right, has not fought since 2017 due to an ongoing USADA case. With USADA issues in the rear view, a fight against Frey is an interesting and important matchup for both. If Penne is not available, the UFC experienced Hannah Cifers would make a stiff test for Frey,

KAY HANSEN

Hansen scored the biggest win of her career on Saturday– netting a $50k POTN bonus for her efforts. Hansen is still very young in her career and has a lot of room to grow, but at only 20-years-old, Hansen is a very exciting prospect. In her next outing, she should face TUF alum Emily Whitmire. Whitmire, a rangy wrestler, could test Hansen’s wrestling and submission ability as she continues to grow.

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10 thoughts on “What’s next for the fighters of UFC Vegas 4?

  1. Not onboard with that Frey-Cifers pairing. I think I’d prefer Jihn Yu versus someone like Loma. Not sure about Hannah — Nadia Kassem woulda been a good’un; maybe Syuri Kondo or Ariane Carnelossi still could be…?

    1. I almost went with Carnelossi! Kondo is no longer with the UFC but I actually really like that Loma pairing you mentioned!

    2. Frey’s been really struggling with the short Asian strikers, not that all short Asian strikers have the same style and ability, but Loma fight would not have ended well for Frey 🙁

  2. Is Penne still w/the UFC? I would have thought after losing 3 straight (including to Taylor who is now in Invicta), a drug suspension and nearing 40, she would have retired or would be moving back to Invicta as well. If Albu is still with the UFC, that could be an interesting match-up between two of the most ripped fighters in WMMA.

    1. The drug suspension seemed a bit washy-washy which is why they reduced the punishment a couple months ago for Penne. Also, Dana has taken pride on not releasing anyone during the corona outbreak. I think he’s going to keep with that for now. Albu was released pre-corona.

    2. I take some of that back ! They did actually release about 10 or 11 fighters back on March 19th like Tonya Evinger, Talita Bernardo, Jodie Esquibel, Isabella de Padua, and about 8 male fighters but no one since then other than fighters who retired.

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