UFC fighter and Albuquerque native Holly Holm is taking time away from traveling to host a workout training benefiting IncredAble Adaptive MMA at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy.
The event is centered around Holm guiding community members through workout techniques she uses to train as an MMA fighter.
"Holly will take you through a 90 minute workout and show you some of the same moves she uses to stay fit," a press release describing the event said. "This is an event where you can go at your own pace or challenge yourself to keep up."
Holm became a local celebrity in 2015 after claiming the title of UFC bantamweight champion after defeating defending champ Ronda Rousey with a second round high kick.
Her champ status was followed by a frenzy of New Mexico pride, even earning Holm her own month in her hometown of Albuquerque. November was named "Holly Holm Month" in 2015.
Holm has been training at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy since 1998 and is currently contracted through the UFC. This is her second year of giving back to the community in this capacity. In 2018, she hosted a similar event for IncredAble Adaptive MMA.
According to IncredAble founder and CEO Heather Winkeljohn, the intention behind the fundraiser isn’t just to raise money but to create more attention around the idea that MMA is available to everyone in the community.
"I’m hoping that we can gain more awareness about what our program does and create excitement," Winkeljohn said. "And also create awareness around the idea that kids with challenges can do MMA."
Holm will kick off her workout training on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. It will be held at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy on Martin Luther King Avenue.
Alanie Rael is the sports editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @AllyRael