Talking about a Holm-coming.
New UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm was given the parade treatment Sunday in her hometown of Albuquerque. Tens of thousands of fans came out to celebrate Holm's sensational victory over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia. "The Preacher's Daughter" only arrived home this week after a long, UFC media tour. November was dubbed "Holly Holm Month" by the city.
"Thank you so much for being here today and not just today, but always," Holm told the crowd (h/t MyMMANews). "And I'm not done yet. We're still gonna take it to the top."
The scene in Albuquerque resembled a ticker-tape parade for a popular local Major League Baseball or NFL team. Holm is incredibly popular in Albuquerque, where she fought many of her championship boxing matches. There is perhaps no other UFC fighter as popular in his or her hometown than Holm is in ABQ.
Holm, 34, beat Rousey via second-round head kick last month. She was a massive underdog coming in and shocked the world with the thunderous knockout. In the past few weeks, she has been on every talk show imaginable -- from "Live with Kelly and Michael" to "Good Morning America" to Larry King.
As they say, though, there's no place like home. Especially, in this case, for Holm.