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UFC 172 results and quotes

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A look at the results from each fight at UFC 172 held Saturday night at Baltimore Arena:

Jon Jones def. Glover Teixeira (unanimous decision; 50-45 on all three cards)

* Jones wins every round to retain the UFC light-heavyweight title and likely will next fight a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson

Jones quotable: "I have gigantic goals. I already have the record for title defenses in my division, but I'm gunning for [Georges St-Pierre] or Anderson Silva's records next.  I had to answer a lot of questions after my last fight. Had I lost my mojo? I answered those tonight, but there is room for improvement.  I started sloppy and ended by running around a little so I can always get better.”

Anthony Johnson def. Phil Davis (unanimous decision; 30-27 on all three cards)

* Johnson returned to UFC with an impressive win in the light heavyweight division, and in the process hushed Davis, who had been the most vocal fighter all week.

Johnson quotable: "I didn’t have any Octagon jitters, I felt right at home back in the UFC. I wanted to fight to the best of my abilities and I think tonight I did that. I didn’t let myself worry about what the press was saying because I was focused this whole camp."

Luke Rockhold def. Tim Boetsch (submission; 2:52 of Round 1)

* Rockhold broke a toe but still wasted no time stopping Boetsch to win their middleweight bout.

Rockhold quotable: "The reverse triangle that I got him in, that’s my bread and butter. Everyone thinks I'm just a striker, but don’t sleep on my submission game. ...  I want Vitor [Belfort] but it doesn’t look like he’ll be fighting for a while, so I’ll take an opportunity to shit Michael Bisping’s mouth next.”

Jim Miller def. Yancy Medeiros (submission; 1:42 of Round 1)

* Miller choked out Medeiros, adding to his record for submission victories in the lightweight division.

Miller quotable: "I'm here to beat the best, its not about the belt for me. I want the best competition and to prove myself. ... I've got the record for most submissions in my weight class, and I'm looking to add to that record every time.”

Max Holloway def. Andre Fili (submission; 1:21 of Round 3)

* Holloway shook off an illness to finish his featherweight fight in the final round.

Holloway quotable: "I was sick all week. I really only got out of bed for my weight cut and my media obligations. It was incredibly tough, but I've got a family to feed and I don’t make any excuses. My strength and conditioning for this camp was awesome, and that allowed me to power through the sickness that I had.”

Jospeh Benavidez def. Tim Elliott (submission; 0:52 of Round 1)

* Benavidez earned one of the two $50,000 "performance of the night" bonuses for his finish to this flyweight bout.

Benavidez quotable: "That was the first time I was able to pull off the “Joeaconstrictor,” a submission Iv'e worked on and attempted in modified versions in the past. ... Tim is tough, and I knew an old fashioned punch to the face wasn’t going to stop that wild man, so I had to be creative. He is an awesome opponent and that was a lot of fun out there.

Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (unanimous decision; 29-28 on all three cards)

* UFC deemed this lightweight battle the fight of the night, and Gomi survived to win his 35th MMA fight.

Gomi quotable: "I'm very happy to fight in Baltimore. I want to get on the card that’s coming to Japan and would like to fight a champ, but please no more up-and-coming fighters.”

Bethe Correia def. Jessamyn Duke (unanimous decision; 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

* The lone women's fight on the card went the distance.

Correia quotable: “The fight was exactly what I expected. We threw a lot of punches and stayed on our feet. I'm very happy because I was able to be aggressive and connect my jabs and kicks. I noticed that she didn’t want to go to the ground with me either. The times she did get me on the ground were only because I was too close to her and not because she was able to take me down when she wanted.”

Danny Castillo def. Charlie Brenneman (KO/TKO; 4:38 of Round 2)

* Castillo knocked out Brenneman with a punch to finish their lightweight bout.

Castillo quotable: “I’ve started to come to the realization I'm one of the greatest lightweights in the world. ... When he fell, I saw his eyes roll back and I knew he was out.  I didn’t want to cause anymore damage then I needed to. He’s a great opponent, a good dude and he never disrespected me once, so I didn’t want to hurt him anymore. I knew the fight was over after that punch.

Chris Beal def. Patrick Williams (KO/TKO; 3:09 of Round 2)

* Beal's flying knee in this bantamweight bout earned him the other performance of the night bonus of $50,000.

Beal quotable: “I’ve been practicing knees and kicks all camp, so that flying knee was definitely part of the game plan. I went for it and smashed him in the face. ... I'm going to keep fighting and move up the division and hopefully someday be a champion. I want to finish fights and make it exciting for the fans."

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