It’s easy to find the answer… The most common among them being that she is a mixed martial artist who recently became the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. For some that answer may be satisfying. For others you might wonder, who she is? Where did she come from? What made her so determined to become an all-star athlete. How is it that one person can dominate the world overnight, only to be so humble to receive our gratitude?
It started about 15 years ago, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended school at Manzano High. Where she gradually made her way through a series of typical teenage hobbies; soccer, gymnastics, swimming and diving. It wasn’t until she begin working through aerobics and then clumsy punches before her love for boxing and kickboxing began to blossom. A passion that was clearly recognized by aerobics instructor: Mike Winkeljohn. Not only did Mike have a talent for recognizing good instincts, he was also a kickboxing instructor. Holly would later credit him for his skills in helping her to becoming a great MMA fighter. He would later say; “I wish I could bottle what she has and sell it.” I am sure we would all agree.
Holy Holm has spent a decade and a half raising the bar for fighters everywhere. While she is victorious, and undefeated… Her sense of humility, respect and poise is that of one we should all aspire to. She shocked the world when she took her title. It was an outcome that no one had been anticipating. For no one except the loyal fans who know the value of the underdog. It was a championship much deserved.
Holm is winner of multiple athletic achievements, including former three-division women’s boxing championship and named boxer of the year by Ring Magazine. To the world, she is UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Do you want to know who Holly Holm is? Look to the inhabitants of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They will tell you that she is our community leader. She is our treasured ambassador. She does not solely represent combat sports or even female fighters alone… She represents the City of Albuquerque, and the state of New Mexico. And we couldn’t ask for a better representation than that.