After taking a day to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Australia with family and close friends, newly minted UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm issued a lengthy statement via social media.
Holm went silent – save for the post-fight press conference and a few interviews – after dethroning Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, but the champ took some time to gather her thoughts and fully express her gratitude and feelings on Instagram.
"The Preacher's Daughter" was nothing but kind and respectful leading up to and immediately following the fight with Rousey, and this post only further highlights her humility and graciousness.
Best feeling in the world. Still trying to process and take it all in. There aren't enough words to express what I am feeling. Thank you @ufc for the opportunity and most of all thank you to my team for believing in me. All the hours in the gym and all the years of dedication to help me get to this moment. This is a priceless moment and I could not have done this on my own. @mmacoachwink its been 17 years and one hell of a ride. Let's see where it goes from here! Greg Jackson and @izzystylewrestling ... My transition to mma would not be possible without you. All of the coaching and teammates @jacksonwink_mma ...... You are my family and love you all so much! I only hope to make you proud and be a good champion. And to all of my fans..... I would not be able to live the dream without you. Much love to you all!! Big hugs to everyone! #ANDNEW
Given her incredible underdog story, something tells us Holm particularly enjoyed adding that "and new" hasthag at the end.