Round 1: Baczynski pumps his jab. Benoist misses with a high kick. Benoist delivers a kick to the body of his taller opponent. Benoist secures a trip takedown. Benoist works inside Baczynski’s guard. Baczynski works to get to his feet and Benoist lands an illegal knee. Baczynski recovers and the fight is restarted. Baczynski presses forward with a combination. Benoist ties him up briefly before separating. Benoist works for a takedown and pulls guard. Baczynski works to pass. He stands over Benoist and throws heavy strikes. Benoist doing a good job of covering up. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Baczynski.
Round 2: Baczynski presses forward and they exchange. Baczynski drops for a takedown and gets hit with another illegal knee. The fight is restarted with no point deducted. Benoist drops down and secures a double leg takedown. Baczynski works a high guard. Benoist stands over him and Baczynski lands an upkick. Benoist drops down into his guard and works ground and pound. Benoist stands before diving in with a right hand. Baczynski has an active guard. Baczynski works his way back to his feet using the cage. They separate. Baczynski attempts a flying knee. Benoist works for a takedown but Baczynski ends up on top. Benoist looks for a kimura but lets it go. Baczynski lands a couple of punches at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Benoist.
Round 3: Baczynski closes the distance and gets to the Thai clinch position. He presses Benoist against the fence. Benoist gets a body clinch takedown. Benoist is cut from a knee delivered by Baczynski in the clinch. Benoist lands short punches to the body. Baczynski works back to his feet. They clinch. Baczynski lands a short elbow on the inside. Benoist turns and press him against the cage. Baczynski looks for a guillotine choke but Benoist gets free and ends up on top. Two minutes remain on the clock. Benoist lands a solid elbow inside Baczynski’s guard. Baczynski controls Benoist’s head preventing him from posturing up. Benoist was active with short shots but the referee stands them up. Benoist clinches and works to get to Baczynski’s back. Baczynski throws him to the canvas. He stands over him and lands punches. Baczynski advances to side control. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Baczynski.
The judges score the fight for Baczynski by split decision. The scorecards read: 30-27, 29-28, 28-29.