In the first fight of the night, Maria Henderson needed just 40 seconds to take down opponent Collette Santiago and cinch a rear-naked choke for her second win as an amateur. After a body-lock takedown, Henderson quickly advanced and gained back control before wrapping her arm around Santiago’s neck.
You can see video of the finish above, courtesy of Bellator MMA.
The Hendersons spoke to MMA Fighting about the experience of fighting on the same card as a married couple before Saturday’s event at Footprint Center in Phoenix. Henderson’s fight streamed live on MMA Fighting.
Maria Henderson is now 2-0 as an amateur, while Santiago remains winless in the cage after three fights. Benson Henderson, meanwhile, looks for redemption after back-to-back losses in his most recent appearances in Bellator.