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Aaron Johnson, commonly known as “Tex” Johnson, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Philip Smith and Murilo Santana, being one of the top representatives of the Unity Jiu-Jitsu Academy of New York City. An International Brazilian jiu-jitsu Federation (IBJJF) 3x Pan American No-Gi Champion, Johnson is known for his agressive 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: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (senior) > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) > Roberto Traven > Philip Smith > Aaron Johnson

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie (senior) > 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 New York Spring Open (2017/2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Spring No-Gi 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 for 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 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 Leonardo 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 chose to remain in New York to train full time with the Unity Team.

Tex Johnson Grappling Record

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    45 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (4%)

45 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
33
15
#86e620
Kneebar
13
6
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
7
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
3
#fad11b
Heel hook
4
2
#f58822
Submission
4
2
#224aba
Armbar
4
2
#ff9124
Inside heel hook
4
2
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Straignt ankle lock
2
1
#fad223
Flying armbar
2
1
#03861f
Calf slicer
2
1
#039a1f
Footlock
2
1
#03b41f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#03c61f
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03d61f
Triangle
2
1
#03f61f
Mounted choke
2
1
#82ff5f
Armlock
2
1
45
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
60 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (3%)

25 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Tex Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7645Quentin RosensweigLInside heel hookKakuto 5ABSSPF2015
8163Neiman GracieLRNCNoGi Pan Ams94KGSF2015
8758Richie MartinezRichie MartinezLHeel hookKakuto ChallengeABSSF2015
9032Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2016
9083Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro94KGSF2016
9089Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeUAEJJF NYC ProHWABS4F2016
9346Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9473Joao SoaresLTriangleBoston Spring O.100KGF2016
10060Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10093Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10247Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPointsNY Summer OpenABS4F2016
10462Mike HillebrandLInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10657Dillon DanisDillon DanisLArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10917Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2016
11639Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsUAEJJF Orlando110KGF2017
11655Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 10x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2017
11915Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPointsUAEJJF NY ProU110KG4F2017
11969Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12192Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12384Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsNY Spring No-GiABSF2017
12988Joao RochaJoao RochaLBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13157Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13393Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLCalf slicerNY S. No-Gi OpenO97KGF2017
13401DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsNY S. No-Gi OpenABSSF2017
13612Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
14511Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14673Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2017
14685Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14933Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 0x0, AdvUS National Pro110KGSF2018
15160Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15251Tanner RiceTanner RiceLDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15380Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
16250Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLTriangle armbarF2W 7393KGSPF2018
16301Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x2ACB North America95KG4F2018
16314Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
17315Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17322Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLDQNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
18592Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsO97KG4F2018
18615Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR32018
18764Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 34x0Coast GrapplingABSSPF2019
19522Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 15x0Pan American94KG4F2019
19674Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x1Kasai 593KGF2019
20560Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR22019
20831Craig JonesCraig JonesLRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
21112Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W 119100KGSPF2019
21453Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2019
21673James PuopoloJames PuopoloLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
21751Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
22322Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTKOTM 7ABSF2019
22353Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSSF2019
22625Victor HugoVictor HugoLTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12019
22710Freddy VosgroneLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds97KG4F2019
23225Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23795Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
23801Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLTriangleGrand Slam MIA94KG3RD2020
23830Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanABSR12020
23948Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLArm in EzekielPan American100KG4F2020
23974Daishi GotoLDQNFC All ValleyABSSF2020
24043William TackettWilliam TackettLKatagatameSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24225Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2020
7646Vitor SchlosserWToe holdNY Summer Open94KGSF2015
7647Ricardo BastosWStraight ankle lockNY Summer Open94KGF2015
8830Joseph CashinWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSSF2016
8831Gordon RyanGordon RyanWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
9082Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9472Lincoln PereiraWChoke from backBoston Spring O.100KGSF2016
10047Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12016
10651Leo DavilaWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan AmsO97KGF2016
10654Samir AbdolkaderWFlying armbarNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
10916Eliot MarshallEliot MarshallWToe holdNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2016
11908Shaun DufreeWToe holdUAEJJF NY Pro110KGSF2017
11968William NymanWSubmissionLA National ProU110KGSF2017
12367Daniel RichardsWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGSF2017
12368Christian SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGF2017
12382Joao PauloWPointsNY Spring No-GiABSSF2017
13149Josh BowlinWPts: 7x6World Champ.94KGR12017
13207Kaliffa OlivieraWReferee DecisionF2W 3694KGSPF2017
13517Kory AcchioneWReferee DecisionF2W 43N/ASPF2017
13948Leo DavillaWArmbarAtlanta SM NGO97KGF2017
13949Taniel SantosWStraight ankle lockAtlanta SM NGOABSF2017
13989Oleksandr KarliychukWStraight ankle lockNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
13991Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14503Matt KirchwhemWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSR12017
14508A. KimlerWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14670Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2017
14935Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backUS National Pro110KG3RD2018
15000Gilvan CostaWStraight ankle lockAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2018
15001Inacio NetoInacio NetoWKneebarAtlanta W. Open94KGF2018
15158Kenneth BrownWPts: 4x2Continental Pro110KGRR2018
15250Frisco DeLeonWAdvMarianas El PasoO85KGSF2018
15287Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWCalf slicerPan AmericanABSR12018
15295Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15376Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockPan American94KG8F2018
15913Thiago JiulianiWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2018
15914Nicholas PenzerWStraight ankle lockNY Spring Open100KGF2018
17380Roberto TorralbasWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17381Jackson SousaJackson SousaWFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17964Tom deBlassTom deBlassWReferee DecisionF2W 91ABSSPF2018
18065Riley MccormickWReverse triangleADCC EC TrialsO99KGR12018
18066JeQuan WilliamsonWTriangle armbarADCC EC TrialsO99KG4F2018
18067Andrew TevayWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGSF2018
18068Hudson TaylorWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGF2018
18320Kevin GallagerWPointsGamblers Inv.ABSSPF2018
18589Satoshi IshiiWTriangleNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18599Ben HodgkinsonWStraight ankle lockNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18614David GarmoDavid GarmoWPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
18913Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas94KGSPF2019
19229Gustavo AndradeWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSSF2019
19231Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSF2019
19278Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19520M SturuaWChoke from backPan American94KG8F2019
19662Jackson SousaJackson SousaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19663Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19665Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
20553Lucasz GustawWMounted chokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21451Paulo BrasilWSubmissionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2019
21462Briean BeauryWArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21466Todd MueckenheimWKimuraNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
21744Jon BlankJon BlankWStraight ankle lockADCCABSR12019
22313Viktor VaughnWHeel hookKOTM 7ABSR12019
22317Guybson SaGuybson SaWHeel hookKOTM 7ABS4F2019
22321Quentin RosenzweigWKneebarKOTM 7ABSSF2019
22341K. KirkorianWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
22347William VincentWStraignt ankle lockBJJ FanaticsABSR22019
22351William TackettWilliam TackettWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABS4F2019
23217Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWStraight ankle lockMiami WOABSSF2020
23643Michael EgleyWStraight ankle lockSUBVERSIVABSR12020
23676Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionF2W 151126KGSPF2020
23793Bruno AssisWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
23799Eric SchlosserWDQGrand Slam MIA94KGRPC2020
23973Don ScozzariWKneebarNFC All ValleyABS4F2020
24033Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABSR12020

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