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Published on October 8th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Maria Henderson On “Bellator 268,” Goals As An MMA Fighter, Being A Mother Of 4 & Music

Bellator is a leading global MMA and kickboxing promotion featuring many of the best athletes in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities around the world and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over 1 billion people. In the States, Bellator events from all over the world can be seen on Showtime — a new TV deal announced earlier this year — and online via Pluto TV and Bellator’s YouTube channel.

Bellator’s next big event is Bellator 268, which will be taking place on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The event is set to feature #5-ranked light heavyweight Julius Anglickas (10-1) stepping up on short notice to challenge light heavyweight king Vadim Nemkov (14-2) for both his 205-pound strap and a chance to advance to the finals of the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix. In the co-main event of the evening, the other semifinal matchup sees Bellator Heavyweight World Champion and #1-ranked light heavyweight Ryan Bader (28-6) squaring off with #2-ranked light heavyweight Corey Anderson (15-5). Also on the bill is a fight between Collette Santiago and the undefeated Maria Henderson in a featured amateur Women’s Strawweight bout.

On October 8, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Maria Henderson via Zoom, as embedded below. More on Henderson and Bellator 268 can be found online by clicking over to,,, and/or

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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