As we quickly approach the new year, we begin to look back upon on a memorable year for MMA, as fans had the privilege of witnessing some of the greatest fights of all time.
In addition, MMA provided fans with some of the most vicious knockouts and grueling submissions, along with five round all-out-wars.
In 2011 we've seen new champions declared while others stepped away from the sport they once deeply loved.
With 2012 right around the corner, we begin to glance at the future of the sport.
And, the future of MMA begins with the contenders who are quickly pushing to become the best in their respective weight divisions.
So, the following slides display the 25 best title contenders heading into 2012.
Let's take a look.