MMAWeekly.com confirmed the match-up – first reported by MMAJunkie.com – through independent sources.
Overeem (36-12-1) was originally scheduled to face Junior dos Santos on this weekend’s UFC 160 fight card in Las Vegas, but was forced out of the bout due to an injury suffered in training.
He was then expected to return to action at UFC 164 on Aug. 31 in Milwaukee. The former Strikeforce and K-1 champion tweeted on May 16, “Training hard and looking forward to aug 31!”
His return has since been bumped up two weeks to the Aug. 17 date.
The Dutch-British striker had an 11-fight winning streak snapped in his last outing, losing to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva by knockout on Feb. 2 at UFC 156.
Browne (14-1-1) bounced back from the first loss of his career – also to Silva in his last fight – by knocking out Gabriel Gonzaga in the first round of their The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale bout on April 13.
The UFC’s debut event on Fox Sports 1 coincides with the network’s official launch. It takes place at the TD Garden in Boston.
While Overeem vs. Browne is a match-up worthy of main event status on most fight cards, UFC official are soon expected to announce an even bigger bout to headline n Fox Sports 1.