Kaylyn Susan Hansen (born August 14, 1999)[1] is an American mixed martial artist (MMA) who competes in the strawweight division of Invicta Fighting Championships She also formerly fought in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Kay Hansen
BornKaylyn Susan Hansen[1]
(1999-08-14) August 14, 1999 (age 22)
California, United States
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Reach63 in (160 cm)
Fighting out ofFullerton, California
Team10th Planet Fullerton[2]
Classic Fight Team (2020–present)[3]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2015–present
Professional boxing record
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision1
By knockout1
By decision5
Amateur record
By knockout1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Hansen grew up with a single mom and three younger sisters until the age of seven when her parents reunited.[5][3] At the age of 16, her parents separated and Kay stayed with her father despite the "manipulating and toxic environment" he upheld since her childhood.[5]

Hansen originally played softball, but after seeing Ronda Rousey defeat Bethe Correia at UFC 190, she decided she would rather train in MMA.[6][7] She trained under Erik Paulson at Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW), competing in Pankration Youth Fights for an undefeated record of 4–0: two armbars, one Americana, and one unanimous decision.[8]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

Hansen made her amateur debut in September 2017, less than a month and a half after her 18th birthday. The fight took place under Fight Club OC at their Gladiator MMA Championship Series 3. She fought Cecilia Padilla in the flyweight division and won via technical knockout in the first round.[9]

Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

Hansen made her professional debut as a strawweight at Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz.[10] She defeated opponent Emilee Prince within the first two minutes of round one via armbar, making her the youngest fighter to win a fight in IFC history.[9][11]

Hansen faced Kalyn Schwartz at Invicta FC 28: Mizuki vs. Jandiroba. After receiving an elbow to the temple that caused a bloody cut, she lost the fight via technical knockout in the second round.[12][13] Hansen's next fight was for California Cage Warriors where she defeated Gabby Romero by third-round TKO.

Hansen returned to Invicta at Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin in September 2018 with an impressive third-round TKO victory over Helen Peralta. After the bout, Hansen called out undefeated flyweight prospect Erin Blanchfield. Hansen would get that fight at the very next event, Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson, serving as a late replacement for Luanna Alzuguir and moving up to flyweight.[14] Hansen lost to Blanchfield via majority decision.[15]

Hansen bounced back at Invicta FC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II in December 2018, returning to strawweight and defeated Sharon Jacobson via third round submission.[16] Hansen had taken the fight against Jacobson on one week's notice, replacing Kanako Murata.[17] In May 2019, Hansen lost a split decision to Magdaléna Šormová at Invicta FC Phoenix Series 1.[18] In October, Hansen defeated Nicole Caliari via third round submission at Invicta FC 37: Gonzalez vs. Sanchez.[19]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Hansen made her UFC debut on June 27, 2020, against Jinh Yu Frey at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker.[20] She won the fight via a submission in round three.[21] This win earned her the Performance of the Night award.[22]

Hansen faced promotional newcomer Cory McKenna on November 14, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos.[23] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Hansen was scheduled to face promotional newcomer Cheyanne Vlismas on March 20, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 21.[25] However, Hansen pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced on March 12 by promotional newcomer Montserrat Ruiz.[26] Later Hansen publicly opened about struggling with eating disorder which led to the withdrawal and time off from the sport.[27]

Hansen was scheduled to face Jasmine Jasudavicius on January 15, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 32.[28] However, the pair was moved to UFC 270 on January 22, 2022, for undisclosed reasons.[29] Hansen lost the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Hansen faced Piera Rodríguez on April 9, 2022 at UFC 273.[31] At the weigh-ins, Hansen weighed in at 118.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at a catchweight and she forfeited 20% of her purse which went to Rodríguez.[32] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Hansen was released by the UFC in mid April 2022.[34]

Return to Invicta Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

On April 29, 2022, it was announced that Hansen had signed a multi-fight contract with Invicta FC.[35]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 7 wins 6 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 4 0
By decision 1 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7–6 Piera Rodríguez Decision (unanimous) UFC 273 April 9, 2022 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Catchweight (118.5 lb) bout; Hansen missed weight.
Loss 7–5 Jasmine Jasudavicius Decision (unanimous) UFC 270 January 22, 2022 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Flyweight bout.
Loss 7–4 Cory McKenna Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos November 14, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–3 Jinh Yu Frey Submission (armbar) UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker June 27, 2020 3 2:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 6–3 Liana Pirosin Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC Phoenix Series 3 March 6, 2020 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 5–3 Nicole Caliari Submission (guillotine choke) Invicta FC 37: Gonzalez vs. Sanchez October 4, 2019 3 1:14 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Flyweight bout. Fight of the Night.
Loss 4–3 Magdaléna Šormová Decision (split) Invicta FC Phoenix Series 1 May 3, 2019 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 4–2 Sharon Jacobson Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 33: Frey vs. Grusander II December 15, 2018 3 4:43 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 3–2 Erin Blanchfield Decision (majority) Invicta FC 32: Spencer vs. Sorenson November 16, 2018 3 5:00 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States Flyweight bout.
Win 3–1 Helen Peralta TKO (elbows) Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin September 1, 2018 3 4:16 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Return to Strawweight.
Win 2–1 Gabby Romero TKO (punches) CCW 7: Super Show July 29, 2018 3 2:00 Campo, California, United States Flyweight debut.
Loss 1–1 Kalyn Schwartz TKO (punches) Invicta FC 28: Mizuki vs. Jandiroba March 24, 2018 2 4:27 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 1–0 Emilee Prince Submission (armbar) Invicta FC 26: Maia vs. Niedzwiedz December 8, 2017 1 1:23 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Strawweight debut.
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Carolina Jimenez Decision (unanimous) Invicta Phoenix Series 2 September 6, 2019 1 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Flyweight tournament reserve bout. Exhibition bout.

Amateur recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Cecilia Pedilla TKO (punches) Gladiator MMA Championship Series 3 September 23, 2017 1 1:43 Los Angeles, California, United States Amateur Debut


Professional boxing recordEdit

5 fights 1 win 4 losses
By decision 1 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
5 Loss 1–4   Shurretta Metcalf UD 4, 2:00 Mar 15, 2019   Southern Junction Nightclub, Irving, Texas
4 Loss 1–3   Jessica Juarez MD 4, 2:00 Jan 31, 2019   Viejas Casino & Resort, Alpine, California
3 Win 1–2   Veronica Torres UD 4, 2:00 Jul 20, 2018   San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton, California
2 Loss 0–2   Marcia Agripino MD 4, 2:00 Jun 2, 2018   Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
1 Loss 0–1   Aida Satybaldinova UD 4, 2:00 Apr 18, 2018   Westin Bonaventura Hotel, Los Angeles, California

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Mixed martial arts show results Date: June 27, 2020
  2. ^ Alexander K. Lee (November 16, 2018). "Kay Hansen passed on Harvard to pursue MMA career". mmafighting.com.
  3. ^ a b Zac Pacleb (April 1, 2021). "Kay Hansen Is Learning To Take Everything In". Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  4. ^ "Kay Hansen | UFC". UFC.com. 22 June 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Alexandra Scaffidi (November 10, 2020). "UFC Vegas 14: After leaving a 'toxic' home Kay Hansen seeks to rebuild her life and career". bloodyelbow.com.
  6. ^ "Kay Hansen – Invicta Fighting Championships". www.invictafc.com. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  7. ^ Vinc Pichel, John Dodson, Kay Hansen, Phil Baroni, Weendawg, retrieved 2018-04-07
  8. ^ "Kay (@kayhansenmma) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  9. ^ a b c "Kay Hansen | MMA Fighter Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  10. ^ "Invicta FC 28's Kay Hansen 'loves' knowing she's youngest to win under promotion's banner". AXS. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
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  13. ^ Mixed Martial Arts (2018-03-29), Kay Hansen v.s Kal Schwartz Invicta FC 28 Full Fight, retrieved 2018-04-08
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  20. ^ Nolan King (2020-06-22). "Invicta FC contenders Jinh Yu Frey, Kay Hansen to square off at UFC on ESPN 12". Retrieved 2020-06-22.
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  30. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2022-01-22). "UFC 270: Jasmine Jasudavicius Outpoints Kay Hansen in Debut Win". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-01-23.
  31. ^ "Kay Hansen heeft alweer een nieuwe partij te pakken". Eurosport (in Dutch). 2022-01-28. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
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