The bout didn't receive "Fight of the Night" honors, but fans were treated to an exciting, back-and-forth battle between the top two flyweights in the world.
While the striking was dead even, Johnson's takedowns were the story of the night. On several occasions, he was able to utilize his incredible speed and timing to avoid Benavidez's strikes and take the fight to the ground.
When the final bell sounded, it seemed like Johnson did more than enough to convince the judges to give him the decision, but when it comes to MMA judging, one can only hope for things to be so simple.
While two judges scored the fight in Johnson's favor, a lone judge scored the bout 48-47 in favor of Benavidez.
"I was a little shocked [that it was scored a split decision]," Johnson told UFC commentator Joe Rogan after the fight. "I felt that in the standup I got him there. I took him down a lot more. He didn't get me down once. I controlled him and had his back. The judges are doing their jobs, and I'm doing mine, which is to fight." (via Brian Knapp of Sherdog)
At the end of the day, a win is a win.
No one can ever take away what Johnson accomplished on Saturday night. His name will forever be cemented in history as the inaugural UFC flyweight champion.
With that said, the bullseye on Johnson's back just got larger. All of the top flyweights in the world will be gunning for his UFC title.
Is "Mighty Mouse" up for the challenge?
"I train hard, and I dedicate my life to this sport. It means the world," said Johnson. "I still have to prove a lot of things. It's like I said. If I become a champion, the same thing is going to happen. I'm going to go home and rest, get back in the gym and get ready for the next battle."
In a growing division, it'll be interesting to see who is anointed as the UFC's first ever No. 1 flyweight contender.
Here are the top 10 flyweights in the UFC.