VIDEO: [Invicta] Interview with Kay Hansen, strawweight mixed martial arts (MMA) champion, noted for having scripture references emblazoned on her fight shirts. [Aug. 23, 2018]
But that’s the choice Hansen made at the age of 16 and she hasn’t looked back since. Now 19, Hansen is getting ready for her fourth pro MMA bout, a flyweight bout with fellow 19-year-old Erin Blanchfield at Invicta FC 32 this Friday at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla.
Given the passion she’s shown so far, it’s understandable that Hansen is all in on her fighting career, but it wasn’t long ago that she was a student at Whittier Christian High School with top grades and a spot on the Harvard University softball squad awaiting her.
Rather than represent the Crimson, Hansen chose to spill crimson inside the cage.
“I was pretty close,” Hansen recently told MMA Fighting of almost ending up at Harvard. “I’d been talking to the head coach, I had her cell phone number, it was what I was going to do, softball. I was looking at a lot of Ivy League schools, but that was my No. 1.
“But then when I found fighting, that didn’t matter to me anymore.”
The decision was made during her junior year, when Hansen was juggling school and competing in travel softball, which involved playing against the best teams from around the country and being watched by college scouts. It was during this time that Hansen caught the attention of several Ivy League schools and she thought her path to Harvard was set.
But once she discovered jiu-jitsu, her full attention rapidly shifted over to the world of MMA and just like that, she made the call to abandon softball, drop out of high school, and focus on becoming a full-time fighter. With the staunch support of friends and family, Hansen made a successful amateur debut in September of last year and then won her first pro bout via first-round submission three months later at Invicta FC 26.
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