The win not only helped re-establish him, but also has given him momentum as he prepares to return at WSOF 12 on Saturday.
“From what I saw of (Cantor’s) past fights, he looked like he’d come out swinging, so I just kind of put the pressure on him and didn’t let up and got the knockout victory,” Hansen told MMAWeekly.com.
“Having been off for quite a few months, it was good to get back in the cage because I needed to get that ring rust off. That fight gave me the confidence I need for this weekend.”
Perhaps bigger than the opportunity to fight on a big show such as the WSOF, signing with the promotion will give Hansen the consistency he’s lacked over the last four years where he’s only managed to get two fights.
“It was hard to get fights, so being with an organization like the WSOF, they’ve been good to me and are lining fights up for me,” said Hansen. “I don’t have to go look around and shop for fights, so it’s made things a lot easier.”
Hansen (7-1) will return to WSOF on Saturday in Las Vegas to face promotional newcomer Matt Sayles (2-0) in a feature bantamweight bout.
For Hansen, being the veteran could be the key to getting a win over the upstart Sayles.
“It’s just another fight for me,” said Hansen. “As long as I implement my game plan and pressure (Sayles) and see what he does (to adjust) and do what I do, I think I should set myself up for the win.
“Experience is a huge factor in whatever you do. Fighting is no different. The experience I have gives me the ability to adapt, and I think it will show in this fight.”
A win over Sayles on Saturday will further help establish Hansen in the WSOF bantamweight division and could also help earn him a title shot down the line.
“I feel like this win will help me continue to slowly, but surely, climb the ladder,” said Hansen. “I’m not looking for a title shot any time soon, but the more people that I beat, sooner or later they’ll have to give me a chance at the belt.”