Five years ago, I beat the odds, so it's fitting that for the first of my Advent-style countdown to the end of the year, I am posting photos of another Burqueño who beat the odds to become the UFC Bantamweight World Champion. Holly Holm, The Preacher's Daughter, defeated the formerly unbeaten UFC World Champion Ronda Rousey on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Holly is the first professional fighter to hold world titles in both boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA). There was a home coming parade and celebration in Downtown Albuquerque yesterday, December 6, 2015.
Young fans "heart" Holly
Crowds at Central and 4th Street, Downtown Albuquerque
A fashionable young Holly fan
Another Holly Fan
Crowds lining Central Avenue (old Route 66) in Downtown Albuquerque
APD's Mounted Patrol were on big, beautiful horses
A packed Civic Plaza
Singing the National Anthem.
Holly takes a selfie with a packed Civic Plaza behind her.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez giving Holly a gift after proclaiming Dec 6 as Holly Holm Day for the State of New Mexico.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry thanking Holly after giving her a proclamation for Holly Holm Day and November as Holly Holm Month in Albuquerque.
Holly told her story, talked about her training, coaches, family and all the support she has received from her fans from Albuquerque and New Mexico
Holly talking to her a adoring fans
Holly's father is also an auctioneer (left). Holly started the auction of the photo of her knockout kick at $1000. All proceeds went to the Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home.
The winning bid for the Knockout Kick was $8000
The winning bid for this photos was $7000