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McGregor, Holm big favorites on UFC 196 odds at Sportsbooks

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(OddsShark.com) — Holly Holm will be looking to improve her professional MMA record to a perfect 11-0 on Saturday when she defends her UFC Women’s Bantamweight crown for the first time at UFC 196, taking on Miesha Tate as a heavy -340 betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com

The 34-year-old Holm ascended to the Women’s Bantamweight championship with a stunning second-round victory over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, ending the previously undefeated Rousey’s night with a flurry of head kicks and punches and paying out as a +900 underdog.

Holm brings a wealth of combat sports experience into Saturday night’s matchup at UFC 196 in Las Vegas, previously winning world title belts in both kickboxing and women’s boxing before launching her professional MMA career in 2011.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” made her UFC debut at UFC 184, picking up a split decision victory over Racquel Pennington as massive -900 chalk, following up with a unanimous decision victory over Marion Reneau as a much narrower -210 favorite at UFC Fight Night 71.

Currently pegged as the No. 2 contender among Women’s Bantamweights in the OddsShark MMA Fighter rankings, “Cupcake” Tate is a +260 underdog in her second bid for the title, having previously lost by submission to Rousey as a +650 underdog at UFC 168.

Tate has won four straight fights since, all by decision, most recently getting past Jessica Eye as a solid -200 favorite to improve her pro MMA record to 17-5.

Saturday night’s co-main event has sparked considerable interest as UFC Featherweight champion Conor ( takes on Lightweight Nate Diaz in a Welterweight division contest as a strong -380 favorite at the sportsbooks.

McGregor had originally been scheduled to battle Rafael dos Anjos in a bid for the UFC Lightweight crown before dos Anjos was forced to withdraw due to a foot injury, replaced by Diaz, who sports +290 odds in Saturday night’s unusual matchup.

“The Notorious” McGregor made UFC history in his last outing, ending Jose Aldo’s night, and lengthy reign as UFC Featherweight champ, with a knockout just 13 seconds into their bout at UFC 194, rewarding bettors as -170 chalk, and improving his record to 19-2 with a 15th straight victory, and fifth straight inside the distance.

Diaz returns to the Welterweight division as a +290 underdog after contesting seven of his past eight fights as a Lightweight, most recently stunning Michael Johnson with a unanimous decision win as a +375 underdog at UFC on Fox 17, marking just his second victory in his last five fights.

Lindsey Vonn does pull-ups in body paint on Sports Illustrated shoot

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If her latest Instagram video is any indication, Lindsey Vonn’s motto must be “No days off!”

The Olympic gold medal skiier posted a video of her performing pull-ups while on the set of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

Vonn wasn’t the only big-name athlete at the shoot either. Joining her were tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey (who is one of three cover models).

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Ronda Rousey to host Saturday Night Live on Jan. 23

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Ronda Rousey isn’t fading away from the spotlight after losing her UFC title to Holly Holm in November. Rousey will host Saturday Night Live on NBC on Jan. 23.

SNL made the announcement on Tuesday. Rousey will be joined on the show by pop star Selena Gomez, who will perform live.

Rousey will join the likes of Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning as athletes who have hosted Saturday Night Live. She is the first Olympian to host the show since 2012.

Rousey largely removed herself from the public spotlight after being defeated for the first time by Holly Holm and losing her UFC title on Nov. 15. Rousey‘s rematch with Holm is expected to be July 9 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White said recently.

But could it be Rousey’s last fight if she loses again? “I guess it’s all going to be determined by what happens in the rematch,” Rousey recently told ESPN The Magazine. “Everything is going to be determined by that. Either I’ll win and keep going or I won’t and I’ll be done with everything.”

For now, we’ll (hopefully) see the lighter side of Rousey, who will likely need to make fun of herself a bit in the lighthearted spirit of SNL.

Rousey has experience on the big screen, having appeared in the movies “The Expendables 3,” “Fast & Furious 7” and “Entourage.” She is also set to star in the remake of the cult classic, “Roadhouse,” and a movie based on her best-selling autobiography.