UFC Champion Holly Holm Draws Thousands of Fans in Albuquerque

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Holly Holm speaks to fans at the Civic Plaza following a parade honoring the UFC Bantamweight champion in Albuquerque, New Mexico December 6. Craig Fritz/Reuters

Newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder Holly Holm was the center of celebrations during a hometown parade attended by thousands of people in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday.

Originally from Albuquerque, Holm took the UFC championship title from Ronda Rousey earlier this year in bout held in Melbourne, Australia. She defeated Rousey with a kick to the head, leaving the former champion in need of lip surgery.

Prior to becoming a UFC champ, Holm was a boxing champion with a 33-2-3 record, including nine knockouts. Her UFC record is now 10-0.

Dubbed "Holly's Holm-Coming," the parade drew thousands of people to see the champ:

.@HollyHolm addressing the very large crowd #ABQ pic.twitter.com/CClBvxD5yT

— Albuquerque City Council (@ABQCityCouncil) December 6, 2015

Great day for Albuquerque pic.twitter.com/zqapWjC4jB

— Don Harris (@Harrisforabq) December 6, 2015

Starting out #HollyHolmComing with a parade down Central pic.twitter.com/HAQzzOeFxJ

— Richard Berry (@citizen_berry) December 6, 2015

The parade had a charitable component, with attendees being asked to donate nonperishable items and winter clothing to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission and Albuquerque Christian Children's Home.

So proud of our city! The community came together to honor our champ @HollyHolm & to raise $ for charity #WeAreABQ pic.twitter.com/vFltxXPrba

— Richard Berry (@citizen_berry) December 7, 2015

This city estimates about 20,000 people attended.

This crowd was INCREDIBLE. Thanks #ABQ for coming out to support our HOLMtown Hero! We estimate 20k coming out today pic.twitter.com/OBp3Sbj9ej

— Richard Berry (@citizen_berry) December 6, 2015

Holm-coming: Thousands turn out to welcome Holly Holm back to Albuquerquehttps://t.co/0inn9QOZBK #UFC pic.twitter.com/B2vqPTNGHL

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 7, 2015