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Dollaway vs. Marquardt, Samman vs. McCrory added to UFC on Fox 17

A pair of middleweight bouts have been added to December's UFC on Fox 17 card in Orlando.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UFC on Fox 17 will be the site of two middleweight matchups - one puzzling, one intriguing. The first will see ranked fighter C.B. Dollaway taking on Nate Marquardt. The second features the UFC return of Tamdan McCrory, who will face off with Bloody Elbow favorite Josh Samman.

Dollaway (15-7, 9-7 UFC) has lost two in a row, to Lyoto Machida and Michael Bisping. He is currently ranked at number 10 in the middleweight division. Marquardt (33-15-2, 11-8 UFC) has lost four out of five since returning to the UFC in 2013. In his last bout, he took a brutal beating from Kelvin Gastelum before his corner stopped the fight at the end of the second round. He had hinted at retirement, but apparently not.

Samman (12-2, 3-0 UFC) is coming off a big submission win over Caio Magalhaes, which earned him his second performance bonus in a row.

McCrory (13-3, 3-3 UFC) took a five-year break from the sport before returning in Bellator last year. He picked up two very early finishes in a row, and was subsequently re-signed by the UFC.

The main event of UFC on Fox 17 on December 19th sees Rafael dos Anjos defending his UFC lightweight title for the first time against Donald Cerrone.

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