ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The crowd went wild as Holly Holm paraded through downtown Albuquerque in style. It was after a three week wait for Holm’s homecoming after her stunning upset win wasn’t enough to keep thousands of fans away.
Everyone was excited, including Governor Susana Martinez who declared December 6th Holly Holm day.
The UFC Bantamweight Champion took the stage at Civic Plaza and told the city of Albuquerque how much her home town’s support means to her.
“It wasn’t my team that helped me, it was the support of Albuquerque, and I just thank you so much,” said Holm.
Many we talked to see her as a champ while some see her as something more.
“I used to box when I was younger, so it’s an inspiration to able to see a local fighter come out and be something big,” said Aaron Marquez.
Count Farleigh Carson as another person who’s been inspired.
“I came out here because i’m actually taking karate lessons at AKKA, and my instructor’s been talking about Holly for so long, and so it’s cool to actually see her,” said Carson.
For others, the celebration was a consolation prize for missing Holm’s huge win.
“I missed the fight, I just dropped the ball and didn’t get to see it. At least I could see her for a minute or two,” said Lawrence Sanchez.
Holm says the fans who missed out and those who were watching every second will get to see her on the big stage again.
“I’m not done yet. We’re still going to take it to the top. I love you guys. Thank you so much,” said Holm.