After five fast-paced rounds for the UFC flyweight championship, the action-packed fight went to a split decision. It was Demetrious Johnson who was awarded the victor. The fourth round was the most exciting, with Johnson landing multiple takedowns and elbows to the body from side mount. Both fighters attacked relentlessly, but Demetrious Johnson had a slight edge, landing a majority of strikes and takedowns and surviving a guillotine choke/neck crank attempt by the Team Alpha Male representative.

Two judges called the fight in Johnson's favor (48-47 and 49-46) and a lone judge saw the bout 48-47 Benavidez. "I train hard; I dedicate my life to this sport," Demetrious Johnson said in the post-fight interview. He improves to 16-2-1 with the victory.