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Aaron Johnson

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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.

Aaron Johnson Grappling Record

64 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (3%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    42 (66%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    3 (5%)

42 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
31
13
#86e620
Kneebar
12
5
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
7
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
7
3
#fad11b
Inside heel hook
5
2
#f58822
Heel hook
5
2
#224aba
Submission
5
2
#ff9124
Armbar
5
2
#bf1f6c
Footlock
2
1
#22c9a5
Reverse triangle
2
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03861f
Triangle
2
1
#039a1f
Mounted choke
2
1
#03b41f
Armlock
2
1
#03c61f
Kimura
2
1
#03d61f
Straignt ankle lock
2
1
#03f61f
Flying armbar
2
1
#82ff5f
Calf slicer
2
1
42
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
50 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (38%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (4%)

19 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
16
3
#86e620
RNC
16
3
#5AD3D1
Choke
11
2
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
11
2
#fad11b
Arm in guillotine
5
1
#f58822
Botinha
5
1
#224aba
Brabo choke
5
1
#ff9124
Calf slicer
5
1
#bf1f6c
Reverse triangle
5
1
#22c9a5
Heel hook
5
1
#fad223
Cross choke
5
1
#03861f
Triangle
5
1
#039a1f
Choke from back
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Aaron Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7641Quentin RosensweigLInside heel hookKakuto 5ABSSPF2015
8159Neiman GracieLRNCNoGi Pan Ams94KGSF2015
8754Richie MartinezRichie MartinezLHeel hookKakuto ChallengeABSSF2015
9018Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2016
9068Romulo AzevedoRomulo AzevedoLN/AUAEJJF NYC Pro94KGSF2016
9074Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeUAEJJF NYC ProHWABS4F2016
9329Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9452Joao SoaresLTriangleBoston Spring O.100KGF2016
10037Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLTriangle armbarWorld Champ.ABSR22016
10070Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backBJJ Tour - CTABSSF2016
10224Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPointsNY Summer OpenABS4F2016
10439Mike HillebrandLInside heel hookEBI 884KGR12016
10634Dillon DanisDillon DanisLArm in guillotineNoGi Pan AmsABSSF2016
10892Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 19x0NoGi WorldsO97KGSF2016
11597Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPointsUAEJJF Orlando110KGF2017
11613Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 10x0Atlanta W. OpenABSSF2017
11862Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaLPointsUAEJJF NY ProU110KG4F2017
11916Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsLA National ProU110KGF2017
12138Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12327Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsNY Spring No-GiABSF2017
12921Joao RochaJoao RochaLBotinhaWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13090Leandro LoLeandro LoLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13319Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLCalf slicerNY S. No-Gi OpenO97KGF2017
13327DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPointsNY S. No-Gi OpenABSSF2017
13538Gordon RyanGordon RyanLReverse triangleGrappling Ind.ABSSF2017
14424Craig JonesCraig JonesLInside heel hookEBI 14ABSSF2017
14586Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds97KGSF2017
14598Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABSR12017
14836Dany GerardDany GerardLPts: 0x0, AdvUS National Pro110KGSF2018
15063Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLPointsContinental Pro110KGRR2018
15155Tanner RiceTanner RiceLDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15284Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
16131Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLTriangle armbarF2W Pro 7393KGSPF2018
16179Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPts: 4x2ACB North America95KG4F2018
16192Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionACB North AmericaABS8F2018
17165Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosLDQWashington NGO97KGF2018
17172Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLDQNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
18396Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 6x0NoGi WorldsO97KG4F2018
18419Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 5x0NoGi WorldsABSR32018
18556Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 34x0Coast GrapplingABSSPF2019
19278Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 15x0Pan American94KG4F2019
19428Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x1Kasai 593KGF2019
20289Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLChokeWorld Champ.100KGR22019
20554Craig JonesCraig JonesLRNCKASAI SS Florida92KGSPF2019
20818Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 119100KGSPF2019
21125Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 11x0No Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2019
21323James PuopoloJames PuopoloLPts: 3x0ADCC99KGR12019
21396Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCCABS4F2019
21881Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTKOTM 7ABSF2019
21905Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSSF2019
7642Vitor SchlosserWToe holdNY Summer Open94KGSF2015
7643Ricardo BastosWStraight ankle lockNY Summer Open94KGF2015
8816Joseph CashinWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSSF2016
8817Gordon RyanGordon RyanWPointsGrappling Ind.ABSF2016
9067Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockUAEJJF NYC Pro94KG4F2016
9451Lincoln PereiraWChoke from backBoston Spring O.100KGSF2016
10024Choi ChoiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR12016
10628Leo DavilaWStraight ankle lockNoGi Pan AmsO97KGF2016
10631Samir AbdolkaderWFlying armbarNoGi Pan AmsABS4F2016
10891Eliot MarshallEliot MarshallWToe holdNoGi WorldsO97KG4F2016
11855Shaun DufreeWToe holdUAEJJF NY Pro110KGSF2017
11915William NymanWSubmissionLA National ProU110KGSF2017
12310Daniel RichardsWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGSF2017
12311Christian SimmerlingWPointsNY Spring OpenO100KGF2017
12325Joao PauloWPointsNY Spring No-GiABSSF2017
13082Josh BowlinWPts: 7x6World Champ.94KGR12017
13139Kaliffa OlivieraWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 3694KGSPF2017
13443Kory AcchioneWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 43N/ASPF2017
13874Leo DavillaWArmbarAtlanta SM NGO97KGF2017
13875Taniel SantosWStraight ankle lockAtlanta SM NGOABSF2017
13913Oleksandr KarliychukWStraight ankle lockNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2017
13915Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGF2017
14416Matt KirchwhemWEBI/OTEBI 14ABSR12017
14421A. KimlerWArmbarEBI 14ABS4F2017
14583Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds97KG4F2017
14838Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backUS National Pro110KG3RD2018
14903Gilvan CostaWStraight ankle lockAtlanta W. Open94KGSF2018
14904Inacio NetoInacio NetoWKneebarAtlanta W. Open94KGF2018
15061Kenneth BrownWPts: 4x2Continental Pro110KGRR2018
15154Frisco DeLeonWAdvMarianas El PasoO85KGSF2018
15191Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWCalf slicerPan AmericanABSR12018
15199Tanner RiceTanner RiceWKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15280Wellington PerotoWStraight ankle lockPan American94KG8F2018
15803Thiago JiulianiWPointsNY Spring Open100KGSF2018
15804Nicholas PenzerWStraight ankle lockNY Spring Open100KGF2018
17230Roberto TorralbasWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2018
17231Jackson SousaJackson SousaWFootlockNo Gi Pan Am.97KGF2018
17795Tom deBlassTom deBlassWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 91ABSSPF2018
17894Riley MccormickWReverse triangleADCC EC TrialsO99KGR12018
17895JeQuan WilliamsonWTriangle armbarADCC EC TrialsO99KG4F2018
17896Andrew TevayWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGSF2018
17897Hudson TaylorWKneebarADCC EC TrialsO99KGF2018
18138Kevin GallagerWPointsGamblers Inv.ABSSPF2018
18393Satoshi IshiiWTriangleNoGi WorldsO97KGR12018
18403Ben HodgkinsonWStraight ankle lockNoGi WorldsABSR12018
18418David GarmoDavid GarmoWPts: 10x2NoGi WorldsABSR22018
18692Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWPts: 1x0Kasai Dallas94KGSPF2019
19001Gustavo AndradeWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSSF2019
19003Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWStraight ankle lockPortland OpenABSF2019
19050Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWStraight ankle lockSubSpectrumABSSPF2019
19276M SturuaWChoke from backPan American94KG8F2019
19416Jackson SousaJackson SousaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
19417Valdir AraujoValdir AraujoD---Kasai 593KGRR2019
19419Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWInside heel hookKasai 593KGRR2019
20282Lucasz GustawWMounted chokeWorld Champ.100KGR12019
21123Paulo BrasilWSubmissionNo Gi Pan Am.O97KGSF2019
21134Briean BeauryWArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21138Todd MueckenheimWKimuraNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
21389Jon BlankJon BlankWStraight ankle lockADCCABSR12019
21872Viktor VaughnWHeel hookKOTM 7ABSR12019
21876Guybson SaGuybson SaWHeel hookKOTM 7ABS4F2019
21880Quentin RosenzweigWKneebarKOTM 7ABSSF2019
21894K. KirkorianWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABSR12019
21899William VincentWStraignt ankle lockBJJ FanaticsABSR22019
21903W. TackettWEBI/OTBJJ FanaticsABS4F2019

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