There is a heavyweight fight rumored with this summer, and it’s a large one. Based on MMAjunkie.com, former Strikeforce heavyweight winner Alistair Overeem is expected to return to the cage at UFC 164, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. And his rumored opponent is none other than heavyweight banger Travis Browne, though this struggle is still far from official. Should it materialize, however, expect this to be the co-main event for UFC 164 as it is unquestionably one of the greatest battles of this summertime. Overeem, who had been shockingly knocked out by Antonio”Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156, was set to return to action against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 but had to pull out due to injuries, but now healthy, he’ll look to get back into title contention by simply taking out the climbing Browne, that also has a recent reduction to Silva. This is a pretty even matchup but I do favor Browne to win the fight, and I believe he can win it by knockout. However, Overeem has all of the hype and people support behind him , although he lost to”Bigfoot,” I still expect him to start as the favorite in this struggle, perhaps in the -200 range, together with all the comeback on Browne being +150. And if that is the case, then I’ll definitely be recommending a drama on Browne, who is coming from a KO win over veteran Gabriel Gonzaga. Another bet to target for this battle will be that it does not go to conclusion, as either man has the capacity to knock one another out, so definitely consider making a play on this prop if it’s under -300 come fight night. Lauzon vs. Johnson Booked For UFC on FOX Sports 1 The UFC today booked a lightweight bout between Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon and Michael Johnson for the upcoming UFC on FOX Sports 1 card, which takes place August 17 in Boston, MA. The fight will likely be a preliminary card bout. This is an excellent battle between two of the exciting fighters in the UFC lightweight branch so kudos to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for booking it. For Lauzon, it’s a chance to redeem himself after losing to Jim Miller in a war in UFC 155, while Johnson wants to bounce back major time after suffering back-to-back beats to Myles Jury and Reza Madadi. This is a competitive struggle if it stays standing but if it strikes the floor then Lauzon, who is a BJJ ace, will have a massive advantage over Johnson, who has a very inadequate ground game. Therefore, I expect Lauzon to start at about -230 or so with the launching comeback on Johnson being approximately +170, but things could easily change if the public decides they like Johnson to triumph. As for me, I believe this is a very good matchup for Lauzon so I’d call him to win and I certainly will be targeting him for a wager this summer, as well as targeting the Lauzon via entry prop.
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