Another memorable year in mixed martial arts is in the books, so it's time for The MMA Manifesto to hand out its coveted year-end awards. Next up: Fighter of the Year.
Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The MMA Manifesto, Dave Kelsey – 2011 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, speeds - Sports Two MMA Forum, The MMA Manifesto contributor Dan Brown, and Dan Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto and PrelimPicker.
Record in 2012: 2-0 (W-dos Santos, W-Silva)
What a difference a year can make. Cain Velasquez was our Fighter of the Year in 2010, doing the unthinkable – knocking out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira then bullying the ultimate bully, Brock Lesnar, to take the UFC heavyweight strap. What a difference a year can make. In 2011 Velasquez only stepped into the Octagon once, and that was to be humiliated on the UFC's debut on Fox, getting KO'd by Junior dos Santos and losing his title in the process. What a difference a year can make. 2012 saw Velasquez back to his old steamrolling ways, bathing in Giant Silva's blood, then totally dominating dos Santos to grab back his title and make the above photo accurate again. What a difference a year (and a healthy knee) can make.
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2012 Year in Review: