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 By winning the UFC lightweight title and defending it twice, Benson Henderson had a memorable year. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey 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 Chan Sung Jung's thrilling submission win over Dustin Poirier produced dramatic two-way action. Ed Mulholland for ESPN.com 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 George St-Pierre overcame injury, layoff and a determined Carlos Condit to defend his UFC title. Ed Mulholland for ESPN.com 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 Ronda Rousey's vaunted armbar was too much for Miesha Tate to handle in a Strikeforce title bout. Esther Lin/Getty Images 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 Knockouts don't come any more beautiful than Edson Barboza's spinning kick against Terry Etim. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa/Getty Images 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 The sudden cancellation of UFC 151 and the criticism levied at Jon Jones created quite a buzz in 2012. Michael Cohen/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images 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 The anticipation of superfights like Anderson Silva-Georges St-Pierre could dominate 2013 headlines. Ric Fogel 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.