Kicking off the main event with a lightweight contest saw a fast paced first round as Hernandez kept on moving forward and pushing the pressure. This turned out to be both in his favour and against him as he landed knees that set the momentum for take downs. Mercier at times was able to turn the forward pressure of Hernandez and land some neat combinations but it was not enough. The only highlight for Mercier was a beautiful reversal and submission attempt putting Hernandez in the danger zone for a brief moment. Hernandez took the lead on the standup with his strikes and with takedowns to secure a third consecutive win inside the Octagon.