Kay Hansen

USA

Facing Jasmine Jasudavicius
StrawweightUFC
October 1, 2021
Hansen will face Jasmine Jasudavicius in a straweight matchup at UFC 270 on Jan. 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Hansen withdrew from a scheduled fight against Cheyanne Buys in March for undisclosed reasons, but she'll be ready to go 10 months later. Hansen will be looking to bounce back from a decision defeat against Cory McKenna in her previous fight and improve her UFC record to 2-1. Jasudavicius will be making her UFC debut.
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Withdraws from Buys matchup
StrawweightUFC
March 16, 2021
Hansen was forced to withdraw from her scheduled matchup against Cheyane Buys due to undisclosed reasons, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
With Hansen out, newcomer Montserrat Ruiz will step in to face a fellow debutante in Buys. It's unclear at this point how long Hansen might be on the shelf.
Booked for March fight
StrawweightUFC
December 30, 2020
Hansen will fight Cheyanne Buys in a strawweight matchup scheduled for March 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Hansen won her UFC debut via submission over Jinh Yu Frey back in June, but she was upset by Cory McKenna via unanimous decision in November. Buys will make her UFC debut in March after defeating Hilarie Rose at Dana White's Contender Series back in August.
Falls as heavy favorite
StrawweightUFC
November 14, 2020
Hansen lost to Cory McKenna via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Hansen may have very well deserved a better fate in what was an extremely close fight. Regardless, she didn't look the part of a -185 favorite. Hansen was the far more physical fighter, seemingly constantly on McKenna's back. The issue for Kay was that she didn't generate a ton of meaningful offense despite having McKenna in compromising positions. That left her opponent the opening to grab the decision. Truthfully, the loss means little for Hansen in the long run given the fact she turned just 21 years of age this past August. All that matters at this point is that she remains healthy and continues to get reps inside the octagon. The rest will eventually work itself out.
Follow-up fight booked
StrawweightUFC
August 18, 2020
Hansen will take on Cory McKenna in a strawweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for November 14, according to the ESPN+ telecast of Dana White's Contender Series on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
On the heels of a three-fight winning streak in Invicta, Hansen made her UFC debut against Jinh Yu Frey in June and came up big with a third-round submission. She'll now draw a fellow 21-year-old fighter in McKenna, a product of Team Alpha Male that was recently awarded her UFC contract in Week 2 of the 2020 Contender Series. Hansen will give up an inch in height, but has a four-inch reach advantage -- a big number in this weight class that could provide a big edge in the striking department.
Submission win in UFC debut
StrawweightUFC
June 27, 2020
Hansen defeated Jinh Yu Frey via submission (Armbar) at 2:26 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Entering as the newly-minted youngest female fighter on the UFC roster, the debuting Hansen had to work for the victory in her first fight with the company. Hansen had all sorts of issues with the hand speed of Frey. She was routed in the feet in Round 1 before turning the tide with her grappling in Round 2. Hansen displayed remarkable composure and awareness on the mat for a 20-year-old. She took her time and constantly worked to improve her position. Overall, it was an impressive showing. To put the icing on the cake, she'll walk away with an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus. Hansen is going to have her ups and downs simply because of how young she is, but her long-term potential is apparent.