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Experts' picks: 2012 MMA awards

As we tally your votes for ESPN.com's 2012 MMA awards, our expert panel of writers and editors provided their picks:

Fighter of the year

Josh Gross, MMA writer: Ronda Rousey

Brett Okamoto, MMA writer: Demetrious Johnson

Franklin McNeil, MMA writer: Benson Henderson

Chuck Mindenhall, MMA writer: Benson Henderson

Chad Dundas, MMA writer: Ronda Rousey

Darius Ortiz, MMA editor: Benson Henderson

Brian Campbell, MMA editor: Benson Henderson

Fight of the year

Josh Gross: Jim Miller UD Joe Lauzon -- UFC 155

Brett Okamoto: Jake Ellenberger UD Diego Sanchez -- UFC on Fuel TV 1

Franklin McNeil: Chan Sung Jung SUB4 Dustin Poirier (D'arce choke) -- UFC on Fuel TV 3

Chuck Mindenhall: Sarah Kaufman MD Alexis Davis -- Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

Chad Dundas: Chan Sung Jung SUB4 Dustin Poirier (D'arce choke) -- UFC on Fuel TV 3

Darius Ortiz: Chan Sung Jung SUB4 Dustin Poirier (D'arce choke) -- UFC on Fuel TV 3

Brian Campbell: Benson Henderson UD Frankie Edgar -- UFC 144

Comeback fighter of the year

Josh Gross: Cain Velasquez

Brett Okamoto: Mike Swick

Franklin McNeil: Georges St-Pierre

Chuck Mindenhall: Matt Brown

Chad Dundas: Georges St-Pierre

Darius Ortiz: Matt Brown

Brian Campbell: Georges St-Pierre

Submission of the year

Josh Gross: Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely (reverse calf slicer) -- UFC on Fox 2

Brett Okamoto: Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate (armbar) -- Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

Franklin McNeil: Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate (armbar) -- Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

Chuck Mindenhall: Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate (armbar) -- Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

Chad Dundas: Charles Oliveira def. Eric Wisely (reverse calf slicer) -- UFC on Fox 2

Darius Ortiz: Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller (guillotine choke) -- UFC on Fox 3

Brian Campbell: Martin Kampmann def. Thiago Alves (guillotine choke) -- UFC on FX 2

Knockout of the year

Josh Gross: Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim (spinning wheel kick) -- UFC 142

Brett Okamoto: Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim (spinning wheel kick) -- UFC 142

Franklin McNeil: Anthony Pettis def. Joe Lauzon (head kick and punches) -- UFC 144

Chuck Mindenhall: Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim (spinning wheel kick) -- UFC 142

Chad Dundas: Edson Barboza def. Terry Etim (spinning wheel kick) -- UFC 142

Darius Ortiz: Johny Hendricks def. Martin Kampmann (punch) -- UFC 154

Brian Campbell: Cung Le def. Rich Franklin (punch) -- UFC on Fuel TV 6

Story of the year

Josh Gross: Growing pains -- from UFC's first year on Fox to an increasing number of cards succumbing to fighter injuries, 2012 was a year of transition for UFC and MMA.

Brett Okamoto: Injury plague

Franklin McNeil: Cancellation of UFC 151

Chuck Mindenhall: Injuries

Chad Dundas: Performance-enhancing drugs

Darius Ortiz: Injury plague

Brian Campbell: Ronda Rousey's crossover ascenscion to the UFC

Story looking ahead for in 2013

Josh Gross: The fights -- there are many bouts teed up that should have fans excited.

Brett Okamoto: Women in the UFC.

Franklin McNeil: Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva.

Chuck Mindenhall: Superfights -- Georges St-Pierre-Anderson Silva and Silva-Jon Jones.

Chad Dundas: The UFC has a lot on its plate for 2013, including a glut of programming, ongoing injury woes, pressure from its new network partners, the scourge of PEDs, a fledgling women's division and its continued push for international expansion. Will it be able to manage it all and meet the expectations of fans to recapture the momentum lost during 2012?

Darius Ortiz: An injury bug vaccine.

Brian Campbell: Whether the UFC can overcome the resistance of select fighters to make the superfights that fans truly desire.