The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27 and 30-25, with one judge surprisingly giving Bonnar two 10-8 rounds, apparently unimpressed with Kingsbury being unable to get Bonnar off him. Bonnar was apologetic after the fight for a performance that he knew the fans didn't enjoy.
"I'm not used to fans booing during my fights," Bonnar said. "I thought I had good control on the ground and didn't want to risk it and get knocked out."
After that, Bonnar offered an odd apology to Josh Koscheck, a fellow UFC fighter with whom Bonnar had feuded over a line of T-shirts that Bonnar wanted to sell with Koscheck's image on them.
Bonnar largely controlled the first round: He staggered Kingsbury in the opening moments with a hard punch, and he dominated on the ground at the end, getting into full mount in the closing seconds of the first round. It was an easy 10-9 for Bonnar.
The second round was even easier for Bonnar, as he got Kingsbury down and got on top of him on the ground early, and completely controlled him the rest of the way. Kingsbury simply had no answer for Bonnar on top of him.
In the third round it was more of the same, and the fans began to boo as Bonnar controlled Kingsbury on the ground but didn't do much with that control. Bonnar easily won, but it wasn't the Fight of the Night that this fight had been hyped as. Instead, it was just an easy win for Bonnar, and an unimpressive loss for Kingsbury.