A twitter user recently posted an image of Hansen wearing a top showing a controversial message, which happened during the fighter’s time in Invicta FC, but Hansen claims she was manipulated into deliver the controversial message:
I was very young and in a manipulating and toxic environment during that time in my life. I was also very young. Views and opinions evolve as well. Take all of this in to account before you jump on a hate train— Kay Hansen (@KayHansenMMA) June 30, 2020
Hansen also admits that she didn’t make a lot of smart decisions in her youth and was easily persuaded to doing some things.
“It’s crazy because all those pictures and stuff are from when I was 18,” Hansen said to MMA Fighting. “I’m not ready to share my story, per se, but in the short sense, like I said, I wasn’t in an environment where I was able to think for myself. I was manipulated and kind of heavily influenced into portraying myself in a certain way. Whether it was for marketing purposes or whatever, I was kind of in an environment and I didn’t know how to get out. And I was 18, so I was easily persuaded. It’s just dumb because I’m getting a lot of heat for things that I didn’t even want to do myself at the time. I was literally 18. That’s the hardest part I think about making my debut so young on such a big stage with Invicta. Everyone messes up when they’re 18, but no one sees it. No one gets scrutinized for it because no one knows about your mess-ups when you’re 18, but me it’s like everything is on social media. People are so quick to think they know me and think they know what I believe in and what my views are. Man, I was 18. I’m 20 now. For a little over a year now, I’ve been out of that environment I was referring to. I’ve been able to be my own person and have my own views. I’m not even the same person that I was in those pictures.”
No action is expected to be taken against Hansen by the UFC, who now holds a 1-0-0 record under the UFC banner.