Hero’s hometown welcome for Holm

Thousands of people turned out for a parade thrown in honour of new UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Holm delivered an emotional speech in front of the huge crowd on Sunday, while New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, who was in attendance, declared December 6 'Holly Holm Day'.

"I see all the signs and the happy faces. You here, Albuquerque, made this possible," said Holm, who earlier confessed she had left her speech at home.

Holm shocked the world by knocking out previously undefeated bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the second round of their fight last month.

"My whole career started right here," Holm continued. "It wasn't just my team that helped me believe in myself, but it was the support of Albuquerque and I just thank you so much.

"I'm not stopping now. I want to keep taking it to the top."