Could Maria Henderson have requested for a greater Bellator debut? The brief reply isn’t any.
Henderson, the spouse of former UFC light-weight champion Benson Henderson, wasted no time Saturday, scoring a 40-second rear-naked choke submission of Collette Santiago of their flyweight beginner bout at Bellator 268. The struggle, which kicked off the prelims at Footprint Center in Phoenix, was simply Henderson’s second and pushed her beginner file to 2-0.
“It couldn’t have gone any better, really was like jiu-jitsu textbook 101,” Maria advised reporters after the struggle. “Headlock, hand off the neck, sit back so they can’t throw you over, hook in, go to the neck, punch the face, finish choke.”
The week was large for the Hendersons, who fought on the identical card for the primary time of their yard (they prepare out of the close by MMA Lab). While the struggle week expertise simply may’ve been demanding, Maria indicated issues went as easily as attainable for each husband and spouse.
“It really was, like, pretty ideal for us,” Maria mentioned. “I normally join him during fight weeks when I can. With our kids, it makes it a little bit harder, but it was really nice to kind of be there with each other. Josh Thomson said it well when he spoke with us before the fight: ‘You both know what you’re doing, you trust him, he trusts you, I know that’s not a thing.’ And that wasn’t a thing. Ben trusts me to get the job done, and I did. And I trust him to do the same thing, so it’s not really stressful for either one of us to be here together with each other.”
Benson sadly went on to lose a unanimous resolution to former champion Brent Primus about three hours later, spoiling what may’ve been an ideal night time general for the couple.
Maria mentioned she would love one other alternative from Bellator if the promotion presents, including that she’s additionally in no hurry to show skilled.