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Overeem to face Travis Browne in Boston

May 23, 2013
Alistair Overeem needs to bounce back after defeat to Antonio Bigfoot Silva in his last fight © Getty Images

Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem returns to action on August 17 to face Travis Browne, UFC officials confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday.

MMAJunkie.com reported the bout - scheduled for TD Garden in Boston.

Overeem, ranked No. 6 among heavyweights by ESPN.com, was scheduled to fight former UFC titleholder Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. But he withdrew from the contest after suffering an injury.

After withdrawing from the Dos Santos fight, Overeem tentatively was slated to compete on August 31 at UFC 164 in Milwaukee - an opponent, however, never materialised.

Overeem (36-12, one no-contest) will seek to get back in the win column against Browne. In his most recent fight, February 2 at UFC 156 in Las Vegas, the former Strikeforce heavyweight titleholder was knocked out in the third round by Antonio Bigfoot Silva. The loss snapped Overeem's unbeaten streak at 12.

Overeem entered the bout with Silva as a heavy favourite. A win would have secured a title fight for Overeem against champion Cain Velasquez. Instead, Silva will face Velasquez on Saturday for the title.

Browne, who suffered the first loss of his professional career in October 2012, rebounded on April 13 with a first-round knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga.

Browne has a mixed martial arts record of 14-1-1, including 10 victories by knockout.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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