The Knockouts of 2012

The year of 2012 hasn't been as preeminent as expected. Nonetheless we've been witness to a wide variety of jaw dropping, brain rattling knockouts and I want you, the fans, to vote on the best knockout, as difficult as it may be.

I've gathered the best .gifs I could for this piece and I hope you all enjoy! From me to you--The Knockouts of 2012!

UFC 142 HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 14, 2012

For the very first event of the year for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a compelling match between lengthy lightweights Terry Etim and Edson Barboza. Resulting in one of the most hardcore spinning heel kicks to the head

Again, at UFC 142, for the main event of the evening. Jose Aldo squared off with undefeated wrestler, Chad "Money" Mendes for the Brazilian's Featherweight Championship. After several take down attempts by Mendes, Aldo landed a piercing turning knee to the face of the challenger, leaving him knocked out in the champion's home country

UFC on Fox at the BrideStone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on January 20, 2012

Canadian MMA fighter Nick Denis made an outstanding first entry in the Octagon. Using standing elbows I've only seen in the UFC Undisputed game, leaving his pinstriped adversary knocked out. He has since retired, salute for one of the coolest K.O's I've ever seen

UFC 143 Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4, 2012

Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson has been a highly touted Welterweight prospect fighting out of the Tristar Gym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The creative kicker started his UFC career with a bang! Knocking out Dan Sttitgen with a swift kick

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UFC 144 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on February 26, 2012

Issei Tamura made his debut in the UFC against Tiequan Zhang. He didn't disappoint, leaving his opposition out cold and down for the count

On the same night of UFC 144 Anthony Pettis successfully converted his flashy technique from the WEC to the UFC at the expense of Joe Lauzon's decapitation

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Also, Mark Hunt hammered Cheick Kongo's head, using his right hand, pummeling the French striker into oblivion. The definition of PUNKED!

After losing the first two rounds decisively to Yushin Okami. Tim Boetsch made a comeback mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will always remember, using his uppercutting assault to erase the first two rounds and finish by knockout!

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Bellator 60 The Venue at Horshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on March 9 2012

Probably number one in devastation and head trauma, future star Pat Curran dished out a hellacious beating on Joe Warren for the Bellator featherweight title, leaving the "baddest man on the planet" with another L, and a splitting headache. I'll also add that Joe Warren is the loudest mouth with the biggest heart, man can that guy take a shot

UFC on Fuel TV at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on April 14, 2012

A jaw dropping first performance in the UFC for Siyar Bahadurzada. He faced Paulo Thiago for bragging rights and left with a lot more than a victory to lust over, landing an Iceman-like right hand that floored the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter

UFC 145 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta Georgia on April 21, 2012

A Heavyweight tilt involving Brendan Schaub and Ben Rothwell. Big Ben was hurt early on and didn't let it phase him, he kept throwing punches directly at the target with his back on the fence. Which is just unheard of in the welterweight division, not to mention any names ...Condit

How about Top Contender Michael McDonald putting the hurt on Miguel Torres, sending the former WEC Bantamweight Champion out of the company

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UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26, 2012

Dan Hardy was aiming to end his four fight losing skid, a nice glancing left hook to Duane Ludwig with some follow up elbows to make sure his work was done

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Jamie Varner was looking to regain his momentum as he stopped the devastating run of Edson Barboza with a barrage of punches that left the Brazilian with his first loss and Varner on a fast track to UFC stardom

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The main card stacked with heavyweights couldn't have been proper without a bloodbath. Cain Velasquez earned his title shot and Bigfoot Silva lost a good half gallon of blood that night

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UFC on FX at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 8, 2012

Eddie Wineland wasn't focused on fighting the odds against Scott Jorgensen. He used his hand speed and footwork to out-strike the more powerful wrestler finishing with a slick combination

Mike Pyle was being brutalized with body shots and right hands from Josh Neer, but it appeared he was just biding his time and looking for an opening. Which presented itself when Neer over-extended on a right uppercut and got countered with an overhand right, much like Rashad Evans did to Chuck Liddell back at UFC 88

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UFC on FX at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 22, 2012

An intriguing match-up of strikers was put together for the fans. Cub Swanson and Ross Pearson was an exciting fight throughout, but Swanson put an end to the judges assumptions, landing a Steven Seagal front kick and some follow up strikes to stop the fight

UFC on Fuel TV at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on July 11, 2012

Wrestler vs. Wrestler, nobody was expecting anything Jon "Bones" Jones-esque, but Weidman pulled it off, slashing through the donkey kong punches of Mark Munoz, using a right elbow and some good head movement

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Strikeforce at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon on July 14, 2012

Nate Marquardt returned to action against the undefeated wrestler Tyron Woodley and knocked him out cold. One of the better fights of 2012


UFC 149 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 21, 2012

It took no more than seven seconds for Ryan Jimmo to prove he's worthy of a spot in the UFC. Laying out Anthony Perosh with a huge right hand

UFC on FOX at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on August 4, 2012

John Moraga made his debut in smooth fashion, putting his opponent Ulysses Gomez on the fence and unloading haymakers until Herb Dean said no more

Mike Swick made his anticipated return, coming off a long layoff due to injuries. Returning better than he left off, Swick finished DeMarques Johnson in the second round with ground strikes

Lyoto Machida once again made his mark on the Light Heavyweight title picture, going a full round unscathed and landing a hard right hand as Ryan Bader rushed in the pocket

UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on August 11 2012

After withstanding the onslaught of Melvin Guillard, Donald Cerrone landed a neat inside head kick followed by a right hand. I'll also add that Melvin brought a good fight and that's all I can ask for

UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 22, 2012

Cub Swanson delivers his second knockout of the year over Jiu-Jitsu ace Charles Oliveira

UFC on Fuel TV at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on September 29, 2012

Robbie Peralta wastes no time knocking out Jason Young :23 seconds into the opening round

Bruising brit Brad Pickett was paired with Yves Jabouin he landed a clean uppercut and had an awesome "Gangnam Style" celebration for his home country

UFC on FX at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 5, 2012

UFC lightweight Michael Johnson showed it takes speed and power to make a definitive run for the 155 pound title

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Bigfoot Silva was looking to end a two fight losing streak and stop the undefeated one, of Travis Browne

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Bellator 76 at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2012

Bellator warrior Eddie Alvarez finished out his run in the organization with a lighting fast knockout over Patricky Freire

UFC on Fuel TV at the CoitaArena in Macao, China on November 10, 201

Cung Le proved why you should never underestimate the underdog, crushing Rich Franklin with a brutal right hook

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UFC 154 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 17, 2012

Martin Kampmann has shown resiliency in the UFC, has fought better ground fighters, like Jake Shields. Difference against Johny Hendricks, one shot knockout power

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Honorable mention Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini vs Wagner Campos at UFC 147. Up there with Boetsch-Okami for comeback of the year.

Also Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic

Vote in the comment section below, argue with one another, whatever you so choose. Thank you for participating!

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