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There are mixed martial arts (MMA) gyms, then there’s Jackson Wink Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Earlier this year, dynamic duo Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn, opened the doors to their massive new facility to accommodate it’s ever-growing roster of fighters that already includes the likes of Jon Jones, Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez, Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski and of course, newly-crowned women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm.

According to AXS TV’s Inside MMA, it cost over $3 million to finish the 30,000 square foot project.

And by the looks of it, it’s worth every penny, as the massive gym not only has your state of the art training equipment, but it also has an onsite physical therapist, dorms for athletes, pro shop, seven full-size apartments, and much, much more.

As far as the athletes go, the gym is home to over 100 fighters from all over the world ranging from amateurs to the cream of the crop, so finding a suitable training partner is never a problem at Jackson Wink.

A few days after striking coach Mike Winekljohn helped Holly Holm upset Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in Melbourne Australia (see it here), he took MMA Fighting on a private tour of the state of the art facility which he helped build.

A jack of all trades indeed.

So jump inside and see where some of the best fighters in all of MMA sharpen their skills, relax and lay their heads at night.

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The Albuquerque City Council has proclaimed November “Holly Holm Month” in celebration of the popular fighter’s upset victory over Ronda Rousey in the UFC 193 headliner.

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If you thought fans at the massive Etihad Stadium were going nuts after Holly Holm’s head-kick knockout over Ronda Rousey during UFC 193’s main event in Melbourne, Australia (see it again here), just wait until you see how Holly’s hometown fans in Albuquerque, New Mexico reacted.

Freelance mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist, Duane Finley, was in “The Duke City” and captured the raucous moments immediately following “The Preacher’s Daughter’s” history-making win, which included Holly’s teammate Donald Cerrone, as well as Paul Felder, going absolutely crazy with fans at a local bar.

Check it out via Duane’s Twitter account:

Great moment indeed.

Holm proved that she was more than ready to take on the best female fighter on the planet — despite being counted out by many — buy utilizing a great game plan and using her pro boxing pedigree to outstrike “Rowdy” from the opening bell.

The win kept Holm undefeated (10-0, 3-0 UFC) and makes her the first and only fighter to win title in boxing and MMA. And for good measure, Holly is also a world kickboxing champion.

For complete UFC 193: “Rousey vs. Holm” results coverage, including play-by-play updates, click here and here. And for a Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm full fight recap click here.

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If you thought the crowd reaction was amazing when Holly Holm lambasted Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 you haven’t seen anything yet.

Holm’s hometown fans exploded in cheers when they saw Holm dropped the seemingly invincible champion to the canvas. Their favorite daughter knocked off the unbeatable and would be bringing gold back home.

Duane Finley went to Albuquerque and captured the video at a local watering hole at the moment of the knockout.

There may not be enough superlatives to capture how remarkable the achievement was for Holm. She dominated Rousey. She didn’t clip her nor was she involved in a back-and-forth battle. Holm took the strap from Rousey in equally dominant fashion that Rousey did so over three years ago in Strikeforce.

Holm took Rousey out of the fight immediately. She hurt her with hard straight lefts, and Rousey seemed befuddled. And what should not be left out in the reflection of the knockout is that Rousey did take Holm down, but Holm defended the armbar and got back to her feet.

Holm’s footwork caused Rousey to whiff multiple times, including one time sending Rousey to her knee as she missed hard on her entry. Rousey’s lip was busted open, and she was visibly gassed after just one round of chasing Holm. The second round was academic.

Holm completed the upset with her now famous KO and perhaps even more violent hammerfists to a flattened Rousey.

The folks in the ABQ are likely still partying right now, and they’ll probably still be going strong when Holm sets foot back in town with the shiny gold belt. She was the pride of Albuquerque before, and now she may transcend to something greater after the biggest upset in UFC history.

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Holm, 'Bones' Jones among stars at MMA academy open house
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Donald Sanchez set for his 46th MMA bout
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Jon Jones will appear before a judge next week to enter a plea on a felony charge from his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run earlier this year.

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