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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

83 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    52 (63%)
  • 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
Toe hold
6
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
6
3
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
4
2
#f58822
Heel hook
4
2
#224aba
Violin armlock
4
2
#ff9124
Submission
4
2
#bf1f6c
Armbar
4
2
#22c9a5
Mounted choke
2
1
#fad223
Armlock
2
1
#03861f
Kimura
2
1
#039a1f
Straignt ankle lock
2
1
#03b41f
Flying armbar
2
1
#03c61f
Outside heel hook
2
1
#03d61f
Estima lock
2
1
#03f61f
Calf slicer
2
1
#82ff5f
Footlock
2
1
#a4ff5f
Reverse triangle
2
1
#dbff5f
Triangle armbar
2
1
Triangle
2
1
52
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
66 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (8%)
  • 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
Katagatame
8
2
#fad11b
Choke
8
2
#f58822
Triangle
8
2
#224aba
Reverse triangle
4
1
#ff9124
Arm in Ezekiel
4
1
#bf1f6c
Armbar
4
1
#22c9a5
Heel hook
4
1
#fad223
Cross choke
4
1
#03861f
Choke from back
4
1
#039a1f
Arm in guillotine
4
1
#03b41f
Botinha
4
1
#03c61f
Brabo choke
4
1
#03d61f
Calf slicer
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tex Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7654Quentin RosensweigLInside heel hookKakuto 5ABSSPF2015
8172Neiman GracieLRNCNoGi Pan Ams94KGSF2015
8767Richie MartinezRichie MartinezLHeel hookKakuto ChallengeABSSF2015
9041Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2016
9092Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro94KGSF2016
9098Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeUAEJJF NYC ProHWABS4F2016
9355Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9482Joao SoaresLTriangleBoston Spring O.100KGF2016
10069Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10102Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10256Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPointsNY Summer OpenABS4F2016
10471Mike HillebrandLInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10666Dillon DanisDillon DanisLArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10926Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2016
11648Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsUAEJJF Orlando110KGF2017
11664Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 10x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2017
11924Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPointsUAEJJF NY ProU110KG4F2017
11978Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12201Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12393Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsNY Spring No-GiABSF2017
12997Joao RochaJoao RochaLBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13166Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13402Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLCalf slicerNY S. No-Gi OpenO97KGF2017
13410DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsNY S. No-Gi OpenABSSF2017
13621Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
14520Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14682Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2017
14694Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14944Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 0x0, AdvUS National Pro110KGSF2018
15171Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15262Tanner RiceTanner RiceLDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15391Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
16261Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLTriangle armbarF2W 7393KGSPF2018
16312Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x2ACB North America95KG4F2018
16325Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
17326Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17333Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLDQNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
18607Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsO97KG4F2018
18630Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR32018
18780Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 34x0Coast GrapplingABSSPF2019
19545Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 15x0Pan American94KG4F2019
19697Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x1Kasai 593KGF2019
20585Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR22019
20856Craig JonesCraig JonesLRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
21137Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W 119100KGSPF2019
21480Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2019
21702James PuopoloJames PuopoloLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
21780Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
22353Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTKOTM 7ABSF2019
22384Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSSF2019
22658Victor HugoVictor HugoLTriangle armbarNoGi WorldsABSR12019
22743Freddy VosgroneLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds97KG4F2019
23267Gordon RyanGordon RyanLKatagatameSub StarsN/ASPF2020
23853Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLPts: 3x0Grand Slam MIA94KGSF2020
23859Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLTriangleGrand Slam MIA94KG3RD2020
23888Paulo GabrielPaulo GabrielLPts: 6x4Pan AmericanABSR12020
24006Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLArm in EzekielPan American100KG4F2020
24039Daishi GotoLDQNFC All ValleyABSSF2020
24108William TackettWilliam TackettLKatagatameSubversiv 4ABS4F2020
24292Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLArmbarNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2020
24868Max GimenisMax GimenisLReferee DecisionF2W 163ABSSPF2021
25228Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorLPts: 5x0Orlando NGOO91KGF2021
25339Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPoints3CG 6 AbsoluteABS4F2021
25786Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 2x0N.Orleans NGOABS4F2021
25929Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 2x2NoGi Pan Am.O97KGF2021
26637Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLReferee DecisionF2W 176N/ASPF2021
7655Vitor SchlosserWToe holdNY Summer Open94KGSF2015
7656Ricardo BastosWStraight ankle lockNY Summer Open94KGF2015
8839Joseph CashinWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSSF2016
8840Gordon RyanGordon RyanWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
9091Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9481Lincoln PereiraWChoke from backBoston Spring O.100KGSF2016
10056Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12016
10660Leo DavilaWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan AmsO97KGF2016
10663Samir AbdolkaderWFlying armbarNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
10925Eliot MarshallEliot MarshallWToe holdNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2016
11917Shaun DufreeWToe holdUAEJJF NY Pro110KGSF2017
11977William NymanWSubmissionLA National ProU110KGSF2017
12376Daniel RichardsWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGSF2017
12377Christian SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGF2017
12391Joao PauloWPointsNY Spring No-GiABSSF2017
13158Josh BowlinWPts: 7x6World Champ.94KGR12017
13216Kaliffa OlivieraWReferee DecisionF2W 3694KGSPF2017
13526Kory AcchioneWReferee DecisionF2W 43N/ASPF2017
13957Leo DavillaWArmbarAtlanta SM NGO97KGF2017
13958Taniel SantosWStraight ankle lockAtlanta SM NGOABSF2017
13998Oleksandr KarliychukWStraight ankle lockNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
14000Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14512Matt KirchwhemWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSR12017
14517A. KimlerWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14679Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2017
14946Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backUS National Pro110KG3RD2018
15011Gilvan CostaWStraight ankle lockAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2018
15012Inacio NetoInacio NetoWKneebarAtlanta W. Open94KGF2018
15169Kenneth BrownWPts: 4x2Continental Pro110KGRR2018
15261Frisco DeLeonWAdvMarianas El PasoO85KGSF2018
15298Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWCalf slicerPan AmericanABSR12018
15306Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15387Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockPan American94KG8F2018
15924Thiago JiulianiWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2018
15925Nicholas PenzerWStraight ankle lockNY Spring Open100KGF2018
17391Roberto TorralbasWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17392Jackson SousaJackson SousaWFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17975Tom deBlassTom deBlassWReferee DecisionF2W 91ABSSPF2018
18077Riley MccormickWReverse triangleADCC EC TrialsO99KGR12018
18079JeQuan WilliamsonWTriangle armbarADCC EC TrialsO99KG4F2018
18080Andrew TevayWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGSF2018
18083Hudson TaylorWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGF2018
18335Kevin GallagerWPointsGamblers Inv.ABSSPF2018
18604Satoshi IshiiWTriangleNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18614Ben HodgkinsonWStraight ankle lockNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18629David GarmoDavid GarmoWPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
18929Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas94KGSPF2019
19249Gustavo AndradeWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSSF2019
19251Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSF2019
19298Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19543M SturuaWChoke from backPan American94KG8F2019
19685Jackson SousaJackson SousaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19686Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19688Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
20578Lucasz GustawWMounted chokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21478Paulo BrasilWSubmissionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2019
21489Briean BeauryWArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21493Todd MueckenheimWKimuraNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
21773Jon BlankJon BlankWStraight ankle lockADCCABSR12019
22344Viktor VaughnWHeel hookKOTM 7ABSR12019
22348Guybson SaGuybson SaWHeel hookKOTM 7ABS4F2019
22352Quentin RosenzweigWKneebarKOTM 7ABSSF2019
22372K. KirkorianWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
22378William VincentWStraignt ankle lockBJJ FanaticsABSR22019
22382William TackettWilliam TackettWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABS4F2019
23259Angelo ClaiborneAngelo ClaiborneWStraight ankle lockMiami WOABSSF2020
23699Michael EgleyWStraight ankle lockSUBVERSIVABSR12020
23733Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionF2W 151126KGSPF2020
23851Bruno AssisWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA94KG4F2020
23857Eric SchlosserWDQGrand Slam MIA94KGRPC2020
24038Don ScozzariWKneebarNFC All ValleyABS4F2020
24098Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWReferee DecisionSubversiv 4ABSR12020
24291Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWStraight ankle lockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2020
24813Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWViolin armlockF2W 16194KGSPF2021
25004Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWViolin armlockDallas NGOO97KGRR2021
25006Joe DierkhisingWPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NGOO97KGF2021
25011Rida HaisamRida HaisamWPts: 0x0, AdvDallas NGOABS4F2021
25016David GarmoDavid GarmoWKneebarDallas NGOABSF2021
25226Alexandre BuenoWPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando NGOO91KGSF2021
25232Damon MorganWKneebarOrlando NGOABS4F2021
25237Pedro PalharesWN/AOrlando NGOABSSF2021
25238Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWOutside heel hookOrlando NGOABSF2021
25927John HansenWEstima lockNoGi Pan Am.O97KGSF2021
26352Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWReferee DecisionF2W 174N/ASPF2021

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