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. According to 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 opponent is none other than heavyweight banger Travis Browne, though this fight is still far from official. If it does materialize, though, expect this to be the co-main event for UFC 164 as it is definitely among the greatest battles of the summer. Overeem, who was 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 because of injuries, but healthy, he will seem to get back into title contention by simply taking out the climbing Browne, who also has a recent reduction to Silva. This is a pretty even matchup but I do prefer Browne to win the battle, and I believe he could win it by knockout. But, Overeem has all of the hype and people support behind him and, even though he dropped to»Bigfoot,» I expect him to open as the favorite in this fight, possibly from the -200 range, with the comeback on Browne being +150. And if that’s true, then I will definitely be recommending a play on Browne, who is coming off a KO win over veteran Gabriel Gonzaga. Another bet to target with this fight is going to be that it doesn’t 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 is under -300 come fight night. Lauzon vs. Johnson Booked For UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 The UFC now booked a lightweight bout between Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon and Michael Johnson to 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 2 of the exciting fighters in the UFC lightweight branch so kudos to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for reserving it. For Lauzon, it is an opportunity to redeem himself after losing to Jim Miller in a war at UFC 155, while Johnson wants to bounce back major time after suffering back-to-back beats to Myles Jury and Reza Madadi. This is an aggressive fight if it stays standing but if it strikes the ground then Lauzon, who is a BJJ ace, will have a huge advantage over Johnson, who has quite a poor ground game. Therefore, I expect Lauzon to start at about -230 or so with the opening comeback on Johnson being approximately +170, but things could easily change if the public decides they prefer Johnson to triumph. Personally, I think this is a very great matchup for Lauzon therefore I would call him to triumph and that I definitely would be targeting him for a wager this summer, as well as targeting the Lauzon via entry prop.
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