There’s a heavyweight fight rumored for this summer, and it’s a large one. According to MMAjunkie.com, former Strikeforce heavyweight winner Alistair Overeem is predicted to come back to the cage at UFC 164, which takes place August 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. And his rumored competition is none aside from heavyweight banger Travis Browne, though this fight is still far from official. Should it materialize, though, expect this to be the co-main event for UFC 164 as it is definitely one of the biggest fights of this summertime. Overeem, who had been pumped out by Antonio”Bigfoot” Silva in UFC 156, was set to return to action against Junior dos Santos in UFC 160 but had to pull out due to injuries, but healthy, he’ll look to get back into title contention by simply taking out the climbing Browne, who also has a recent reduction to Silva. This is a fairly even matchup but I really do favor Browne to win the battle, and I think he could win it by knockout. However, Overeem has all of the hype and public support behind him and, although he lost to”Bigfoot,” I still expect him to start as the favorite in this struggle, possibly from the -200 range, with the comeback on Browne being +150. And if that is true, then I will definitely be recommending a drama on Browne, who’s coming off a KO win over veteran Gabriel Gonzaga. Another bet to target with this battle will be that it doesn’t go to decision, as man has the capacity to knock one another out, so definitely look at creating a play on that prop if it is 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 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 more 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 at UFC 155, while Johnson wants to bounce back major time after enduring back-to-back beats to Myles Jury and Reza Madadi. This is a competitive fight if it remains standing but if it hits the ground then Lauzon, who is a BJJ ace, will have a massive edge over Johnson, who has a very poor ground game. As such, I anticipate Lauzon to start at about -230 or with the opening comeback on Johnson being around +170, but things could easily change when the public decides they prefer Johnson to win. Personally, I think this is a really great matchup for Lauzon therefore I’d call him to triumph and that I certainly will be targeting him for a wager this summer, as well as targeting the Lauzon via submission prop.
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