Demetrious Johnson opened with a leg kick inside. Ali Bagautinov was immediately criticized by color commentator Joe Rogan for standing flat footed in front of the champion.
Bagautinov fired off with punches but "Mighty Mouse" was too quick and swiftly side stepped each one. Finally, after missing about 10 more time, "Puncher King" decided his best course of action was to clinch up and press the champ against the fence.
The action was slow against the cage, enough so that the referee demanded action. Johnson responded with knees to the body while Bagautinov earned a hard takedown.
Johnson sprang back to his feet and the round ended there.