With Steve Mazzagatti presiding over the action, Johnson and Burns touch gloves to start the action. Johnson lands an inside leg kick but Burns comes out throwing leather before clinching up Johnson. An extended battle in the clinch ensues with a few knees by Burns landing before the two men disengage. Burns starts landing solid punches on Johnson who appears disconcerted by an opponent who can press him. The pace slows a bit and Johnson lands a kick to the groin that prompts a brief stoppage. Burns again takes the center of the octagon but Johnson responds with a huge double leg takedown. Not much action as Burns ties up Johnson creating a stalemate on the ground. The stalemate continues as Johnson lands small punches while Burns occasionally looks for a submission. Mazzagatti restarts the bout on the feet and Johnson lands a front push kick to Burns' midsection. Johnson is looking to unload late but Burns clinches him up and waits out the last moments of the first round.
The second round starts with a leg kick by Johnson and an exchange where neither man lands. Johnson then stuns Burns with a flying knee and punches. With Burns backed up against the cage, Johnson rushes in for another flying knee but Burns recovers quickly and ties up Johnson. Just as quickly, Johnson escapes the clinch and grazes Burns with a pair of huge punches. The two start exchanging leg kicks with Johnson getting the better of it by mixing in punches. Burns appears to be slowing down while Johnson looks to land another haymaker. Johnson is taking the center of the octagon now but Burns lands a nice head kick. Johnson appears unfazed and both men look tired as Johnson scores a body lock takedown. Burns immediately transitions to a kimura but Johnson has none of it. The action slows and Mazzagatti restarts the bout on the feet with about 15 seconds to go. Johnson scores another double leg takedown to close out the round. 10-9 for Johnson.
Burns opens the third round by landing several leg kicks while Johnson sticks to the occasional straight punch. A solid uppercut lands for Burns and is followed by another leg kick. Johnson times a leg kick and lands a single leg takeown counter. They eventually end up back on the feet but Johnson scores another double leg takedown with Burns offering little resistance. Not much action on the mat and Mazzagatti restarts the bout yet again. Back on the feet, Burns lands an uppercut that appears to drop Johnson but it turns out to be an accidental eye poke for which Burns had been repeatedly warned earlier in the bout. After some confusion, Burns is declared the winner by TKO at 3:35 of the third round. Bizzare decision considering the earlier warnings.