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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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Former Strikeforce and K-1 Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is expected to make his Octagon return at UFC 164 on August 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dutch Heavyweight Alistair Overeem may be returning to UFC action late this summer at the promotion’s August 31 UFC 164 card to be held at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center. Overeem (36-12, 1-1 UFC), the former Strikeforce and K-1 Heavyweight champion had to bow out of a UFC 160 bout against Junior dos Santos due to injury.

He last fought at UFC 156 in February where he was knocked out by Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, breaking Reem’s 12 fight and six year win streak. He had been scheduled to fight then-champ dos Santos for the title at UFC 146 but failed a pre-fight urine test for elevated testosterone ratios and had to sit out a one-year suspension.

Overeem’s t-levels actually came in at a level generally considered dangerously low for an adult male when he was tested prior to UFC 156.

Prior to that he made his Octagon debut by thrashing ex-champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 141.

The only other bout teased so far for UFC 164 is a possible Lightweight bout featuring Diego Sanchez.

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Upsets! The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Believe it or not, we’re one-third through the 2013 mixed martial arts (MMA) season, with the sport’s leading promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), staging 11 events to date.

That’s an average of 2.75 UFC events per month, whether on pay-per-view (PPV), network television (FOX) or extended cable (FX and FUEL TV).

Currently, we’re in the midst of a two-week break in action with UFC 159: “Jones vs. Sonnen” in the rear-view mirror and UFC on FX 8: “Belfort vs. Rockhold” on the horizon. And that momentary MMA pause apparently means it’s time discuss the “incredible Octagon upsets” that have occurred thus far in 2013.

Indeed, UFC recently put together its Top 10 list of upsets, which we have posted below for your irrational review, half-digested consumption and fiery feedback.

Check it out:

10. Mark Hunt defeats Stefan Struve at UFC on Fuel TV 8
9. Wanderlei Silva defeats Brian Stann via knockout at UFC on Fuel TV 8
8. Pat Healy defeats Jim Miller via submission at UFC 159
7. Josh Thomson defeats Nate Diaz via technical knockout at UFC on Fox 7
6. Cat Zingano defeats Miesha Tate via technical knockout at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale
5. Kelvin Gastelum defeats Uriah Hall via decision at TUF 17 Finale
4. Robbie Lawler defeats Josh Koscheck via technical knockout at UFC 157
3. Tom Watson defeats Stanislav Nedkov via technical knockout UFC on Fuel TV 7
2. Bobby Green defeats Jacob Volkmann via submission at UFC 156
1. Antonio Silva defeats Alistair Overeem via knockout at UFC 156

In case we’re still keeping score, if this “official” list is any indication, UFC 156, UFC on Fuel TV 8 and TUF 17 Finale — all of which comprised 60 percent of the upsets — featured the most surprising results. Regardless of your thoughts on the order of this list, most MMA fans would be hard-pressed to find three better events, sans perhaps UFC on Fox 7, of 2013.

And it’s impossible to argue that the destruction of “Demolition Man” at the oversized hands of “Bigfoot” was the most jaw-dropping MMA moment of the year so far. It’s a hard one to top.

Unless, of course, Chris Weidman makes good on his prediction to topple Anderson Silva at UFC 162 later this year.

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Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE.

Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE.

“Optimistic Man.”

Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and one-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 265-pound number one contender Alistair Overeem is coming back to the Octagon to challenge for the division strap.

“Sooner rather than later.”

That’s according to his official Twitter account, which also advises South Florida residents to “hide the horses” now that he’s relocated to Miami as he gears up for a potential December 2012 return to mixed martial arts (MMA).

“Potential” being the operative word.

Despite having ants in his pants, Overeem can’t return any sooner than the promotion’s annual year-end show, based on his recent run-in with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

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“The Reem” admitted under oath he was injecting himself with medication that was (unbeknownst to him) laced with testosterone, which caused him to fail a pre-fight drug test back on March 27.

Overeem insists the medication, designed to expedite his recovery from a rib injury, was secretly juiced up and responsible for his 14:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels.

It still got him benched for nine months from the legal eagles at the NSAC.

Nevertheless, he’ll be back at some point later this year or early next year, and UFC President Dana White still believes the Dutch striker, who retired Brock Lesnar in late 2011, is the next heavyweight contender.

Junior dos Santos respectfully disagrees.

How about you?

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Strikeforce has released its heavyweight champion.

Inside MMA has reported tonight on HDNet that Alistair Overeem has been cut by the promotion following his inability to participate in a scheduled match-up against Antonio Silva on Sept. 10 in the heavyweight grand prix tournament.

This furthers a rather amazing story that began back in March when Zuffa purchased the San Jose based promotion and effectively took over a controlling stake in each fighter signed to the company.

That included “The Reem,” a highly sought after commodity thanks to his recent exploits in K-1 and his being the heavyweight champion of the world’s number two mixed martial arts organization.

He was inserted into the landmark heavyweight grand prix tournament before  the Zuffa purchase, however. Take that how you will. After winning his opening round bout by defeating Fabricio Werdum, “Demolition Man” began talking about a potential move to boxing in addition to but not necessarily at the expense of, heading back to K-1.

That’s all well and good but then Showtime settled on a date of Sept. 10, 2011, for the continuation of the grand prix, which would see Overeem take on Antonio Silva in the semi-finals.

This is where it really gets interesting.

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It only took two and a half years, but it looks as if Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem may finally be coming back to the San Jose-based fight promotion.

“Demolition Man” tweeted that he’s “probably” going to fight longtime nemesis Brett Rogers at the Showtime event planned for May 15 in St. Louis.

Overeem (32-11) was expected to return in 2009 until he suffered a hand injury from beating up rent-a-cops in Holland, effectively keeping himself from two of last year’s summer events.

During his absence, Rogers (10-1) floored one Russian and got knocked out by another.

But that didn’t keep him from calling out Overeem for his extended absence. While the pillar of Golden Glory racked up a 7-0-1 MMA record against lesser competition overseas, “The Grim” felt like his new and improved physique was to blame for his failure to appear stateside.

From Rogers:

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If you’re a title holder, I’m sorry man but you should be fighting at least a couple of times a year. No excuses. If you can’t get the job done then give it up. One, I say he’s ducking me. He knows I’m gonna get him. I could care less who he is. Two, I don’t think he can fight in the states right now. I don’t think you can get that big in such a small amount of time. I don’t know, who knows.”

Of course Overeem wasn’t going to just sit idly by while the former tire mechanic dragged his name through mud.

“I will not comment on [Brett Rogers], I am very busy with K-1 right now, with all the fight I have there. When there will be time to meet in the ring he will see. For now, I will not comment. I am very busy these days, I have a fight in Glory, then in DREAM.12 and after that I’ll fight in the K-1 Finals so I am very busy with training and fighting and I don’t have time for this bullshit.”

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when these two mammoth strikers collide if they do in fact become official for the May 15 Showtime event, which is also expected to feature a heavyweight battle between Andrei Arlovski and Antonio Silva.

Stay tuned.