Popular heavyweight Alistair
Overeem will return to the cage when the UFC debuts on Fox
Sports 1, as “The Demolition Man” will square off with once-beaten
Browne on Aug. 17.
MMAJunkie.com first reported the booking on Wednesday; Sherdog.com
subsequently verified the matchup with a source close to the bout.
premiere on Fox Sports 1 takes place at TD Garden in Boston and
marks the promotion’s first trip to Beantown since August 2010. The
event will also feature a welterweight showdown between Matt Brown
Alves, as well as a lightweight bout pitting Michael
Johnson against Joe
Overeem, 33, joined the UFC in 2011 as the reigning Strikeforce
heavyweight champion, knocking out former UFC titlist Brock
Lesnar in his promotional debut. However, Overeem would later
see a random drug test flagged for an elevated
testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio ahead of a planned
championship collision with Junior dos
Santos, netting him a nine-month suspension from the Nevada
Athletic Commission. The Dutchman returned to the Octagon this past
February, when he was knocked out early in the third round by
Silva at UFC 156.
Browne will enter the cage following a one-sided victory over
Gonzaga, whom “Hapa” stopped with a series of elbow strikes
last month at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 17 finale. That triumph
followed the first loss of Browne’s career, as the 30-year-old was
knocked out by Silva this past October at UFC on FX 5.