Bagautinov looked for the clinch early but Johnson responded with hard knees that forced the challenger to break away. This gave the champion the opening to establish Octagon control, taking the center and pushing his foe's back against the fence.
A high kick missed but a low kick found its mark.
Bagautinov landed a hard shot. Not long after he fired off a head kick that appeared to hit home, though Johnson walked through it.
They proceeded to clinch up and a woman was screaming at the top of her lungs in the crowd and it was utterly unbearable. Meanwhile, they battled back and forth along the fence, Johnson continually firing off those knees.
Bagautinov was cut above his eyebrow as the horn sounded.