Kay Hansen received a text message from Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp on Sunday, to expect a contact from Mick Maynard.
And then the mobile phone rang in a issue of moments: “Hey, it is Mick Maynard,” he explained. “Hey, do you want to struggle on Saturday and indicator a several combat agreement?”
The notion of signing a UFC agreement was still sinking in this morning for the 20-yr-outdated. She’s only a thirty day period older than Chase Hooper – the UFC’s youngest fighter.
Hansen bought caught her off guard when the deal was offered to her.
“I just can’t place it in phrases. It is so mad since it arrived out of nowhere. It was not like they strike me up a whilst in the past. I obtained a message from him. I did not examine it at first,” Hansen stated. “I shot a message to my coach or my boyfriend. And I was like ‘they just supplied me this, and all of a unexpected my telephone rings, 10 minutes of me not answering.”
“He just came out with it, ‘are you readily available June 27 and you can make the fat?’ I reported can you give me about 20 or 30 minutes to discuss to my mentor. And that was that, I created the decision.”
The celebrations ended up place on hold, as she was told previous night time that all the medicals desired to be performed.
“So, I known as my mentor instantly for the reason that I was freaking out, knowing that I need all my medicals by Wednesday,” Hansen claimed. “He manufactured a pair phone calls for me. I have been performing medicals all working day.”
“I’m virtually waiting for him to decide on me up from the gym suitable now, so I can go and get a pair of medicals completed and coach afterwards tonight.”
Factors are shifting promptly for the former Invicta FC strawweight, but if time permitted she would digest this unique minute with her boyfriend Keith Krikorian.
Just after signing a deal all through struggle week, Hansen said that she feels a whole lot of feelings. She has not gotten the possibility to rejoice with her boyfriend.
Krikorian will be absent in his girlfriend’s corner, as he will contend in a event on the very same day of her combat.
The 20-calendar year used three decades less than the Invicta FC banner. She never ever turned down a fight until now.
“If I’m becoming entirely truthful, Invicta provided me a combat. They have a card on July 2 and I turned it down. I really feel like people today consider to put a mask on,” Hansen claimed. “I’ve been struggling with my psychological overall health a very little bit, anything in the environment is type of f-cked proper now.”
“I believe it type of took a toll on me. It was the very first time in my existence that I turned down a struggle. I think this UFC get in touch with arrived in a ideal time for me. It variety of instructed me that points are very good. I hold Invicta so expensive to me. It is bittersweet for me to signal this deal due to the fact they are like my 2nd family members.”
“I started with them when I was 18, and they noticed me in my best times and my worst times. They took these kinds of very good care of me when I was at my lowest.”
Saturday night time will be a reunion of a pair of Invicta FC fighters building their debuts. Hansen takes on previous Invicta FC atomweight Jinh Yu Frey in a strawweight bout. Whilst flyweight Miranda Maverick faces UFC veteran Mara Romero Borella.
“Miranda arrived to Invicta ahead of me, but we fought on the same cards a lot. She’s a tricky worker,” Hansen reported. “So, it is magnificent to get to fight on the exact card with her all over again. We are building our debuts, so I’m really stoked about that.”
“I was shocked when they supplied Jinh Yu Frey. She’s an atomweight and I didn’t anticipate an additional Invicta veteran possibly. I assume it is likely to be an remarkable battle. Every person is aware what I’m heading to try to provide to the desk.”
The 10th Planet’s Hansen joins the UFC immediately after an surprising simply call-up. She will make her debut on the prelims of Poirier vs Hooker this Saturday.