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Aaron Johnson, commonly known as “Tex” Johnson, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Philip Smith and Murilo Santana. Originally known as one of the main representatives of the Unity Jiu-Jitsu Academy of New York City, Tex would later join Fight Sports, where he continued his good form. An International Brazilian jiu-jitsu Federation (IBJJF) 3x Pan American No-Gi Champion, Johnson is known for his aggressive and submission-oriented style with which he submitted some of the sport’s biggest stars, names such as Davi Ramos and Jackson Sousa. Tex is also a former professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter holding the record for fastest submission inside the famous Bellator MMA promotion cage (15 seconds).

Aaron Johnson Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Aaron Michael Johnson

Nickname: Aaron is often referenced by the name of “Tex”, this byname is correlated with Johnson’s early days playing football for his high school in Georgia, US. Johnson had moved from Texas to GA at the time and for that reason, he was called “Texas”. A label later shortened to Tex.

Lineage 1:Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) > Roberto Traven > Philip Smith > Aaron Johnson

Lineage 2: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Mário Yamasaki > Murilo Santana > Aaron Johnson

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC East Coast US Trials (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship NOGI (2016 / 2017 / 2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Dallas Open NOGI (2021**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring Open (2017 / 2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring NOGI Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open (2017 / 2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open NOGI (2017**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship NoGi (2019)
  • 2nd Place Kasai Pro 5 HW Grand Prix (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Boston Spring Open (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF New York Spring Open NoGi (2017*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Straight ankle lock

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Unity JJ

Aaron Johnson Biography

Aaron Michael Johnson was born on April 01, 1986, in Bedford, a city located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States of America. Aaron’s father was in the military, and for that reason, Johnson moved regularly and lived across the country.

The interest in martial arts was strongly embedded in Jonhson’s family, and it was with his family members that Aaron started practicing tae kwon do as a child. During his teenage years ‘Tex’ joined his high school’s football program, a sport he played for four years. He would later add wrestling to his weekly activities, competing for Douglasville High School GA for one year, as a heavyweight.

After his 21st birthday, Tex Johnson decided to give kickboxing a try, joining muay Thai shortly after. Aaron went on to compete in a few unsanctioned amateur fights (smoker tournaments), conquering a flawless win streak of TKO/KO’s along the way.

The desire to compete in combat sports led Tex to raise the bar and aim for a career in mixed martial arts, giving a start to his preparation in 2008 at the Knuckleup Fitness gym. With little experience in grappling, one of the main combat disciplines for a cage fighter, Johnson would later choose to add jiu-jitsu to his training schedule with coach Steve Headden.

The Hadden + Johnson partnership stood for a few years, even though Aaron trained with other jiu-jitsu coaches such as Rigan Machado and Jimmy Long during this period. His quest for the best training available would later drive Tex to Atlanta, GA, where he worked with academies such as American Top Team (ATT) and Brian Stann’s Warrior Legion. It was also in Atlanta that Johnson joined the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Headquarters, being already a brown belt at the time.

At Alliance, Tex Johnson’s training was guided by the team leader/founder Romero Cavalcanti, as well as world champions Leo Nogueira and Lucas Lepri. This was also a time when Aaron started gaining more interest in BJJ’s competitive scene. In 2014 Lepri made the move to Charlotte, opening his own gym there. Being a fan of Lucas’ coaching style, Johnson followed suit and remained under the lightweight legend’s guidance, moving to the North Carolina city for that purpose.

Unfortunately for Tex, things did not run smoothly in Charlotte, and shortly after the move, he was asked to leave the team by coach Lepri. When inquired about the reasons behind the request, Johnson said “Lucas gave me two reasons for being kicked out. The first was because I was teaching jiu-jitsu down the road at a UFC Gym. Before I moved there I had told him I’d be working there and he said it was ok… (…) The second reason was that I was too aggressive during rolling” (BJJ Heroes, 10/2018).

After the Lucas Lepri ordeal, Aaron started actively looking for a team to train with. This was when his good friend and training partner Phil Smith decided to promote Johnson to black belt, a promotion that took place on April 26, 2015. Shortly after Tex did a competition camp, at Unity Jiu-Jitsu in New York City ahead of the NYC International Open. There he met coach Murilo Santana, who received Johnson with open arms and confirmed Aaron’s black belt rank.

After a successful run at the aforementioned NYC Open, Aaron opted to remain in New York to train full time with the Unity Team, a position he maintained until 2019. He would later join Miami’s Fight Sports Academy.

Tex Johnson Grappling Record

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    52 (62%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (4%)

52 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
31
16
#86e620
Kneebar
15
8
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
6
3
#d1212a
Toe hold
6
3
#fad11b
Violin armlock
4
2
#f58822
Submission
4
2
#224aba
Armbar
4
2
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
4
2
#bf1f6c
Heel hook
4
2
#22c9a5
Flying armbar
2
1
#fad223
Outside heel hook
2
1
#03861f
Estima lock
2
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
2
1
#03b41f
Footlock
2
1
#03c61f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03f61f
Triangle
2
1
#82ff5f
Mounted choke
2
1
#a4ff5f
Armlock
2
1
#dbff5f
Kimura
2
1
Straignt ankle lock
2
1
52
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
67 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (1%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (3%)

25 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle armbar
12
3
#86e620
Inside heel hook
12
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
12
3
#d1212a
Choke
8
2
#fad11b
Triangle
8
2
#f58822
Katagatame
8
2
#224aba
Heel hook
4
1
#ff9124
Cross choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Choke from back
4
1
#22c9a5
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#fad223
Botinha
4
1
#03861f
Brabo choke
4
1
#039a1f
Calf slicer
4
1
#03b41f
Reverse triangle
4
1
#03c61f
Arm in Ezekiel
4
1
#03d61f
Armbar
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tex Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7672Quentin RosensweigLInside heel hookKakuto 5ABSSPF2015
8190Neiman GracieLRNCNoGi Pan Ams94KGSF2015
8785Richie MartinezRichie MartinezLHeel hookKakuto ChallengeABSSF2015
9059Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2016
9110Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro94KGSF2016
9116Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeUAEJJF NYC ProHWABS4F2016
9373Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9500Joao SoaresLTriangleBoston Spring O.100KGF2016
10087Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10120Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10274Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPointsNY Summer OpenABS4F2016
10489Mike HillebrandLInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10684Dillon DanisDillon DanisLArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10944Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2016
11671Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsUAEJJF Orlando110KGF2017
11687Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 10x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2017
11947Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPointsUAEJJF NY ProU110KG4F2017
12001Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12224Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12416Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsNY Spring No-GiABSF2017
13020Joao RochaJoao RochaLBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13189Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13425Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLCalf slicerNY S. No-Gi OpenO97KGF2017
13433DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsNY S. No-Gi OpenABSSF2017
13646Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
14551Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14714Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2017
14726Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14984Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 0x0, AdvUS National Pro110KGSF2018
15218Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15309Tanner RiceTanner RiceLDQMarianas EPO85KGF2018
15438Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
16310Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLTriangle armbarF2W 7393KGSPF2018
16361Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x2ACB North America95KG4F2018
16374Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
17383Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17390Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLDQNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
18682Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsO97KG4F2018
18705Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR32018
18855Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 34x0Coast GrapplingABSSPF2019
19638Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 15x0Pan American94KG4F2019
19792Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x1Kasai 593KGF2019
20689Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR22019
20960Craig JonesCraig JonesLRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
21243Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W 119100KGSPF2019
21594Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2019
21818James PuopoloJames PuopoloLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
21897Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
22481Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTKOTM 7ABSF2019
22513Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSSF2019
22792Victor HugoVictor HugoLTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12019
22877Freddy VosgroneLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds97KG4F2019
23428Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
24023Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
24029Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLTriangleGrand Slam MIA94KG3RD2020
24061Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanABSR12020
24179Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLArm in EzekielPan American100KG4F2020
24216Daishi GotoLDQNFC All ValleyABSSF2020
24286William TackettWilliam TackettLKatagatameSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24471Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2020
25071Max GimenisMax GimenisLReferee DecisionF2W 163ABSSPF2021
25435Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 5x0Orlando NGOO91KGF2021
25546Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPoints3CG 6 AbsoluteABS4F2021
25999Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 2x0N.Orleans NGOABS4F2021
26142Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 2x2NoGi Pan Am.O97KGF2021
26872Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLReferee DecisionF2W 176N/ASPF2021
27855Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionWNO Champ.ABSSF2021
7673Vitor SchlosserWToe holdNY Summer Open94KGSF2015
7674Ricardo BastosWStraight ankle lockNY Summer Open94KGF2015
8857Joseph CashinWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSSF2016
8858Gordon RyanGordon RyanWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
9109Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9499Lincoln PereiraWChoke from backBoston Spring O.100KGSF2016
10074Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12016
10678Leo DavilaWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan AmsO97KGF2016
10681Samir AbdolkaderWFlying armbarNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
10943Eliot MarshallEliot MarshallWToe holdNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2016
11940Shaun DufreeWToe holdUAEJJF NY Pro110KGSF2017
12000William NymanWSubmissionLA National ProU110KGSF2017
12399Daniel RichardsWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGSF2017
12400Christian SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGF2017
12414Joao PauloWPointsNY Spring No-GiABSSF2017
13181Josh BowlinWPts: 7x6World Champ.94KGR12017
13239Kaliffa OlivieraWReferee DecisionF2W 3694KGSPF2017
13549Kory AcchioneWReferee DecisionF2W 43N/ASPF2017
13983Leo DavillaWArmbarAtlanta SM NGO97KGF2017
13984Taniel SantosWStraight ankle lockAtlanta SM NGOABSF2017
14024Oleksandr KarliychukWStraight ankle lockNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
14026Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14543Matt KirchwhemWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSR12017
14548A. KimlerWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14711Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2017
14986Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backUS National Pro110KG3RD2018
15058Gilvan CostaWStraight ankle lockAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2018
15059Inacio NetoInacio NetoWKneebarAtlanta W. Open94KGF2018
15216Kenneth BrownWPts: 4x2Continental Pro110KGRR2018
15308Frisco DeLeonWAdvMarianas EPO85KGSF2018
15345Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWCalf slicerPan AmericanABSR12018
15353Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15434Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockPan American94KG8F2018
15971Thiago JiulianiWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2018
15972Nicholas PenzerWStraight ankle lockNY Spring Open100KGF2018
17448Roberto TorralbasWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17449Jackson SousaJackson SousaWFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
18038Tom deBlassTom deBlassWReferee DecisionF2W 91ABSSPF2018
18147Riley MccormickWReverse triangleADCC EC TrialsO99KGR12018
18149JeQuan WilliamsonWTriangle armbarADCC EC TrialsO99KG4F2018
18150Andrew TevayWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGSF2018
18153Hudson TaylorWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGF2018
18405Kevin GallagerWPointsGamblers Inv.ABSSPF2018
18679Satoshi IshiiWTriangleNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18689Ben HodgkinsonWStraight ankle lockNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18704David GarmoDavid GarmoWPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
19006Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas94KGSPF2019
19336Gustavo AndradeWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSSF2019
19338Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSF2019
19387Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19636M SturuaWChoke from backPan American94KG8F2019
19780Jackson SousaJackson SousaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19781Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19783Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
20682Lucasz GustawWMounted chokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21592Paulo BrasilWSubmissionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2019
21603Briean BeauryWArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21607Todd MueckenheimWKimuraNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
21890Jon BlankJon BlankWStraight ankle lockADCCABSR12019
22472Viktor VaughnWHeel hookKOTM 7ABSR12019
22476Guybson SaGuybson SaWHeel hookKOTM 7ABS4F2019
22480Quentin RosenzweigWKneebarKOTM 7ABSSF2019
22501Keith KrikorianKeith KrikorianWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
22507William VincentWStraignt ankle lockBJJ FanaticsABSR22019
22511William TackettWilliam TackettWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABS4F2019
23420Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWStraight ankle lockMiami WOABSSF2020
23865Michael EgleyWStraight ankle lockSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23902Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionF2W 151126KGSPF2020
24021Bruno AssisWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
24027Eric SchlosserWDQGrand Slam MIA94KGRPC2020
24215Don ScozzariWKneebarNFC All ValleyABS4F2020
24275Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24470Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWStraight ankle lockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2020
25010Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWViolin armlockF2W 16194KGSPF2021
25208Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWViolin armlockDallas NGOO97KGRR2021
25210Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingWPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NGOO97KGF2021
25215Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGOABS4F2021
25220David GarmoDavid GarmoWKneebarDallas NGOABSF2021
25433Alexandre BuenoWPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando NGOO91KGSF2021
25439Damon MorganWKneebarOrlando NGOABS4F2021
25444Pedro PalharesWN/AOrlando NGOABSSF2021
25445Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWOutside heel hookOrlando NGOABSF2021
26140John HansenWEstima lockNoGi Pan Am.O97KGSF2021
26575Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W 174N/ASPF2021
27853Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWDQWNO Champ.ABS4F2021

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