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Picking winners at the 2010 World MMA Awards

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UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is the pick for 2010 Fighter of the Year in the World MMA Awards.
UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is the pick for 2010 Fighter of the Year in the World MMA Awards.

The third-annual World MMA Awards go down Wednesday in Las Vegas. Our sister site Bloody Elbow has gathered the event's odds. Yes, there are odds on the winners. You can check how the bookmakers have handicapped the event at BE. Here's my picks for the show's major awards. Of course, as 2010 comes to a close, MMA For Real will have full year-end coverage.

UFC.com has more information on the event, including all the categories.

Here are the major categories with my picks in bold. Lots of tough decisions here and this was an extremely good year for mixed martial arts!

CHARLES "MASK" LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Anderson Silva
Brock Lesnar
Frankie Edgar
Jose Aldo
• Mauricio "Shogun" Rua

FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
• Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin at UFC 116
Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung at WEC 48
• Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116
Jorge Santiago vs. Kazuo Misaki at Sengoku 14

Check out the rest of my picks after the jump!

KO OF THE YEAR
• Anthony Njokuani vs. Chris Horodecki at WEC 45
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110
• Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 113
Mike Russow vs. Todd Duffee at UFC 114
• Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell at UFC 115

SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR
Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117
• Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116
Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon at UFC 108
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
Fabricio Werdum vs. Fedor Emelianenko at "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum"

BEST PROMOTION
• Bellator
DREAM
• Strikeforce
UFC
• WEC

LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR
• Bjorn Rebney, Bellator founder and CEO
Dana White, UFC president
• Joe Silva, UFC VP of talent relations
• Michael Schiavello, HDNet broadcaster
• Scott Coker, Strikeforce founder and CEO

INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Alistair Overeem
Dan Hardy
George Sotiropoulos
John Hathaway
Shinya Aoki

BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Charles Oliveira
Evan Dunham
George Sotiropoulos
• John Hathaway
Jon Jones

FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
• Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos
• Megumi "Mega Megu" Fujii
• Miesha Tate
Sarah Kaufman
Zoila Frausto