By Mark O’Sullivan, BBC Sport: UFC is set to return to Europe on Saturday after an eight-week absence, with a huge event on the cards in Sweden in late July.
But a return to the ring after the summer is still a long way off.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” said UFC president Dana White.
“There’s always going to be some questions about that.
You can’t have a major event without a major tournament.”
The UFC has been busy preparing for the upcoming season.
On Wednesday, it announced the return of former world champion Michael Bisping to the cage for the second time in three months.
The move has been welcomed by fans, but not everyone is happy.
Former UFC champion Michael Johnson said: “The UFC is not a big deal in the States.
The UFC is going to have to get out of that business.”
Johnson is still in the process of trying to get his life in order after the collapse of his former organisation, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
But he said the sport is going through a “crisis” and that the UFC needs to do something about it.
“People are so scared of it,” Johnson said.
“There’s a lot of people who have lost their jobs.
I think that’s really a problem.
People have lost so much money that they can’t pay their bills.”
The UFC, like any sport, has to go back to being a professional sport.
“The main event in the Stockholm event will be between light heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and challenger Carlos Condit.
But the main event is likely to be a heavyweight title fight between heavyweight champion Anderson Silva and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Guilherme Vasconcelos.