Junior dos Santos is fresh off the mend from injury so don't expect the heavyweight title to be up for grabs too soon.
Jon Jones fought four times in 2011, defending his belt twice in September and December, so you can anticipate the light heavyweight champion returning mid-year.
Jose Aldo will be defending his belt later this month and an immediate return is unlikely.
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva is still out with injury and the next challenger to his title will take place in January.
Georges St-Pierre recently suffered a devastating knee injury which has since required invasive surgery and will have him out of the cage for the better part of a year, while the would be interim champion will be decided in February.
Lightweight stud Frankie Edgar will be defending his belt in the UFC's return to Japan this February against powerhouse Benson Henderson.
This long tangent was only used to illustrate the competitive nature of each division and their mending champions and while a quick return to the cage for flyweight potential flyweight tournament finalists in Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson, Yasuhiro Urushitani or Ian McCall; it would help create a sense of continuity that will keep fans interested in their inevitable championship encounter should they produce a quick turn around.