The shelf life of the average UFC fighter in the world’s top promotion doesn’t last very long.

It takes hard work, confidence, and hours upon hours to be able to work through the sweat and tears just to get there.  And once you achieve it, it’s even harder to stay there.

You have to be able to take the pressure that comes with standing under the bright lights, fighting someone who did everything you did, and having confidence in your craft. One must truly believe deep down that they are capable of accomplishing great things. Martial artists don’t get too many chances to figure it out, so you better hit the ground running.

Three losses in a row is mostly a ‘death sentence’ for your time there, two losses in a row can also be enough to point you to the exit, and even sometimes, a single loss can be all it takes to be shown the door if your performance wasn’t exciting enough for the fans watching.

UFC on Fox 17 hits the scenes at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, December 19. It is the last event for the promotion in what has been a fantastic 2015 business wise, and entertaining for the fans following.

However, just as we always do here on ‘Who’s on the Hot Seat’, we take closer look who needs to come out victorious on fight night to avoid being dangerously close of losing their job.

Loser of Nate Marquardt Vs. CB Dollaway

Oh boy, here is Marquardt going for it again at 36 years of age. Since coming back to UFC, he has gone a disappointing 1-4, including a vicious defeat by knockout in three of four fights. He desperately needs a victory here against Dollaway, who himself has derailed from what for a while was looking as a promising run at middleweight, up until Lyoto Machida and Michael Bisping handed him two straight losses. The winner of these two gets a second wind (or the chance to end their career on a high note), the loser, well, he will probably find himself jobless after this.

Loser of Vicente Luque Vs Hayder Hassan

This is a rematch, undoubtedly more important than the first time around, from an exhibition fight they had in the Ultimate Fighter house on the 21st season of the show. Hassan won that time by split decision and later got the opportunity to fight to be the season’s ‘Ultimate Fighter’, which he ultimately lost to Kamaru Usman by submission. Luque also got the chance to be on the Ultimate Fighter finale card, but he too was defeated. Both men are coming into this fight with something to prove, and looking to earn their first win in the world’s top promotion. The loser of this fight walks the plank.

Nate Diaz

I know, calm down. I understand I’m talking about one of the untouchables here, but the argument could easily be made at this point, Diaz is having a hard time getting the ‘W’ recently. As of right now, he is 2-3 in his last five fights, but if he loses this fight, Diaz will stand with a record of 1-4 in his past five fights.

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe the UFC would and should keep him around for a while longer, but if they did push him out the door, after the shenanigans he pulled, arguing publicly with the UFC regarding contract issues, leaving him unhappy with his deal. Who would really be surprised if he did get canned? For the record, I hope he doesn’t.

Danny Castillo

‘Last Call’ Castillo is nearing his last call. What went so wrong? He has looked good right up to the point of losing a string of fights, to durable opponents in Edson Barboza, Tony Ferguson, Paul Felder and most recently Jim Miller. Castillo’s last and only victory the past five fights was against Charlie Brenneman. You don’t have to be a palm-reader to see the future of Castillo if he doesn’t get the successful outcome he is looking for on Saturday.

About The Author

Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.