ALBUQUERQUE — Holly Holm's surprising victory over UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the University of New Mexico's upset over 30-point favorite Boise State on Saturday gave Albuquerque one of its best sports nights in its history.
And it came weeks after the bruised New Mexico city was getting over a string of high-profile crimes — one which claimed an officer's life.
Albuquerque audiences cheered Saturday as hometown hero Holm (10-0) knocked out the previously undefeated Rousey in Australia. Her victory produced one of the sport's biggest upsets and sparked massive celebrations in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry even promised more big "celebrations" to honor Holm upon her return.
Meanwhile, New Mexico (6-4, 4-2 Mountain West) stunned Boise State (7-3, 4-2) with a 31-24 victory, making the Lobos bowl eligible for the first time in nearly a decade.