MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: OVEREEM VS. BROWNE RUMORED

There’s a heavyweight fight rumored for this summer, and it is a big one. Based on MMAjunkie.com, former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is predicted to return 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. If it does materialize, however, expect this to be the co-main occasion for UFC 164 because it’s definitely among the biggest fights of the summer. Overeem, who was shockingly knocked out by Antonio”Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156, was set to return to actions against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 but had to pull out due to injuries, but healthy, he’ll look to get back into title contention by taking out the rising Browne, who also has a recent reduction to Silva. This is a fairly even matchup but I really do prefer Browne to win the battle, and I think he could win it . But, Overeem has all the hype and public support behind him , even though he dropped to”Bigfoot,” I still expect him to open as the favorite in this fight, perhaps in the -200 range, with all the comeback on Browne becoming +150. And if that is true, then I will definitely be recommending a drama on Browne, who is coming off a KO win over veteran Gabriel Gonzaga. Another bet to target with this battle will be that it does not go to decision, as man has the capacity to knock one another out, so definitely consider creating a play on that prop if it’s under -300 come fight night. Lauzon vs. Johnson Booked For UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 The UFC today booked a lightweight bout between Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon and Michael Johnson to the upcoming UFC on FOX Sports 1 card, which takes place August 17 in Boston, MA. The battle will likely be a preliminary card bout. This is an excellent fight between two of the exciting fighters in the UFC lightweight branch so kudos to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for reserving it. For Lauzon, it is a chance to redeem himself after losing to Jim Miller at a war in UFC 155, while Johnson really needs to bounce back major time after enduring back-to-back beats to Myles Jury and Reza Madadi. This is an aggressive fight if it stays standing but when it strikes the floor then Lauzon, who’s a BJJ ace, will have a massive edge over Johnson, who has quite a inadequate ground game. As such, I anticipate Lauzon to open at about -230 or so with the opening comeback on Johnson being around +170, but things could easily change if the public decides they like Johnson to win. As for me, I believe that this is a very good matchup for Lauzon therefore I’d call him to triumph and I definitely will be targeting him to get a wager this summer, in addition to targeting the Lauzon via entry prop.
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