Question Marks Going into UFC on FOX 17

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Ezra Shaw|Zuffa LLC|Zuffa LLC

UFC on FOX 17 has been overlooked because fans are still recovering from last weekend's three UFC cards including UFC 194, but Orlando, FL fans will be treated on Saturday night with an excellent "big FOX" card, which is headlined by a lightweight title bout between champ Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone. Here are some of the biggest question marks going into the year-end show.
How is Junior dos Santos' chin?
 
Over the past few years, dos Santos has been in a number of wars in which he suffered enough damage to possibly cause concussions or other severe injuries. There are fighters that can take a lot of punishment without going to sleep, but everyone's chin slowly diminishes overtime. The former heavyweight champ's opponent, Alistair Overeem, definitely has the striking credentials to be able to land on dos Santos, and if he does, how will it affect the Brazilian?
How will Myles Jury fare at featherweight?
 
Following his first official defeat, Jury will be shedding more weight than usual to compete at featherweight in his next outing against Charles Oliveira. I have no way of knowing how much weight Jury is exactly cutting, but with that being said, moving down won't make the cut any easier -- especially with the IV ban now in place. There's no doubt Jury was a top 10 competitor at lightweight, however there is the law of diminishing returns when it comes to cutting weight. Oliveira is a very tough opponent so Jury needs to be at his best, but at featherweight, will he be?
Is this the end of the road for Nate Marquardt?
 
I may not have the right to tell a fighter to retire -- or even suggest it -- but with a professional record of 33-15-2, and having lost five of his last six outings, I find it hard to believe Nate "The Great" Marquardt has gas left in the tank. We've seen fantastic moments from him in the past couple of years, including a stellar stoppage over James Te Huna, but he doesn't show up more often than not. C.B. Dollaway is by no means the next big thing at 185-pounds and is riding a two-fight skid of his own, but if Marquardt loses, it'd be hard to imagine him receiving another bout under the UFC banner.
What will we get out of Nate Diaz?
 
Diaz has only competed twice in two years and we have gotten very mixed reviews from Diaz in those contests. From making quick work of Gray Maynard in November 2013 to missing weight and being outclassed by now-lightweight champ dos Anjos just over a year ago, I simply don't know what to expect from Diaz at this point. His opponent, Michael Johnson, has been very consistent, however. The Blackzilians product was riding a four-fight winning streak when he lost a controversial decision to Beneil Dariush this past summer. Johnson hasn't looked better, but is Diaz still in his prime and can he still be a contender at 155-pounds? We'll find out when they square off on the FOX main card.
Who badly needs a win at UFC on FOX 17?
 
While winning every fight is important in the UFC, given these fighters current streaks and/or relationship with the UFC brass, they could be potentially be looking for a new promotion to fight for following a loss this weekend.
 
Hayder Hassan 6-2 (0-1 UFC)
Vicente Luque 7-5-1 (0-1 UFC)
Danny Castillo 17-9 (Lost four of last five)
Nate Marquardt 33-15-2 (Lost five of last six)
CB Dollaway 15-7 (two-fight losing streak)
Nate Diaz 17-10 (Lost three of last four)

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