Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne added to UFC on Fox Sports 1 1 in Boston

Joe Scarnici

A huge heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne is scheduled for the UFC's return to Boston this August.

UFC president Dana White promised that the first UFC card on the new Fox Sports 1 channel would be "the best free card we've ever done", and you'd be inclined to take his word for it with a fight announcement like this one. Steven Marocco and John Morgan of MMA Junkie have confirmed that heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne will compete on the UFC on Fox Sports 1 card in Boston on August 17th. That in itself is a big fight for a cable TV show, but according to Dana, Reem/Browne will not even be the main event:

Although the fight will be part of the night's main card and a major attraction, it won't even be the main event, UFC President Dana White subsequently told MMAjunkie.com.

Overeem (36-12) sent Brock Lesnar into retirement in his UFC debut, but lost his title shot against then champion Junior dos Santos after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels. His return to the cage came at UFC 156 against Antonio Silva, but Overeem was dramatically knocked out in the 3rd round after clearly winning the first two. The Dutch striker was targeted for a non-title fight with JDS at UFC 160 but pulled out due to hamstring problems.

Browne (14-1-1) knocked out Gabriel Gonzaga with standing elbows on the main card of the TUF 17 Finale. The finishing blows were controversial as they appeared to land on the back of Gonzaga's head, but Gabriel's appeal was turned down and Browne's win still stands. Before Browne fought Gonzaga, he took on Antonio Silva in the main event of UFC on FX 5, losing by 1st round KO and injuring his hamstring. Basically, they both lost to Bigfoot and have injured their hamstrings within the past year.

Other fights confirmed for UFC on FS1: Boston are Joe Lauzon/Michael Johnson and Thiago Alves/Matt Brown.

Fox Sports 1 is currently the SPEED network. On August 17th, SPEED will become Fox Sports 1 and will replace FX and Fuel TV as the primary home for UFC television programming.

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