“NEF 24: PROMISED LAND” takes place the night before Father’s Day 2016 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. In anticipation of NEF 24, all week we will be profiling “Fighting Fathers,” or, “dads that could beat up your dad.” Find out what drives these working dads as they battle to build a better life for their children. Today we talk with a fighter who has earned a reputation for taking on all challengers, at any given weight, Mike “The Mustache” Hansen.
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
Kaydn age 5; Peyton age 2; and Liam, who arrived by emergency delivery the day of NEF 22 when I fought Elkins.
What does being a good father mean to you?
I’m not sure how to answer this one. I want to be a good father. I want to be a good father to my children. I want others to see me as a good father. What I think a good father is? What a good father is, is ever changing and so are my children. I think for me to be a good father, I will be consistent for my children, like the stars in the sky; always changing and moving to accommodate the seasons, but you can always find your way home with the North Star.
What do your children think about their Dad fighting?
My daughters spend a bunch of time at the gym with me. They enjoy every minute of it and are so excited to attend a fight someday.
If your children decide at some point that they would like to train and compete in combat sports, will you approve and what are your feelings on it
My oldest has started wrestling, jiu jitsu, and gymnastics—all are essential in helping her to develop life skills and to compete someday.
If you intend on allowing your children to compete in combat sports, how do you plan on introducing them to training and developing a competitive mindset?
I want my children to enjoy the sports they play when growing up. If they express an interest in any martial arts and compete at any level, I would love it, but honestly, I am learning that the sport itself won’t matter. Kaydn enjoys gymnastics the most and she excels at it. I find myself at her practices learning what she is doing so that I can help her improve. I hope no matter what sport my children play that they develop a good set of ethics and mindset to compete. If that happens and I can get them interested in sports and martial arts, then they will compete—that drive is in their blood.
What type of legacy do you hope to leave as a father and how does that dovetail with your combat sports aspirations?
The legacy I aspire to leave behind as a father fits right in with my aspirations in combat sports. I want to be remembered, and for that to happen, I’ll first have to leave an impression and I’m working on that now. I think I can do that by making sure I do enough while I can, so that both my children and my school can go on without me after I’m gone. The type of legacy I wish for is to see Berserkers still helping young athletes compete decades from now and to know I was part of it. Hopefully in 15-20 years, you will see little “Giant Slayers” making their debut for Berserkers MMA at “NEF: The Birth of a Legacy.”
As you prepare to compete on June 18th, the day before Father’s Day 2016, what is your message to your children and your dreams for their future?
I wish all my children to find their happiness and enjoy what they do. I hope they work hard, endure struggles, and go after their dreams. I pray they understand that the hard work they put in only adds to the glory when they achieve their goals. Daddy loves you Kaydn, Peyton, and Liam. On this Father’s Day, I thank you for making it possible. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there and especially mine, Stephen Hansen.