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Devhonte Johnson

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Devhonte Johnson, also known as “Bones”, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Murilo Santana, being also one of the main representatives of the Unity Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the sport’s competitive circuit. Regarded as one of the top American grapplers of his generation, Devhonte’s reputation was earned while challenging for the top tournaments of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, where he earned World, Pan, and European titles in the colored belt divisions.

Devhonte Johnson Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Devhonte M. Johnson

Nickname: Devhonte is often referenced as “Bones”, a name that has followed him since his early days at team Carvalho due to his training partners finding Johnson’s features similar to those of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Jon “Bones” Jones.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Mario Yamasaki > Murilo Santana > Devhonte M. Johnson

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Hoston Open (2021)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Fall Open NOGI (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Washington DC Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2019*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2019**)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 purple, 2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World NoGi Championship (2014 blue, 2015 / 2016 purple, 2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017* purple, 2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 / 2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2014** blue, 2016 purple, 2018** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2017** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Summer Open (2017** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY Summer Open NOGI (2017** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2017 purple, 2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2015* purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 purple)
  • 3rd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018 brown)

** Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Lasso Guard, Stack Pass

Weight Division: Meio-Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Unity Jiu-Jitsu

Devhonte Johnson Biography

Devhonte Johnson was born in Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America, being raised in one of the most crime-afflicted areas of Passaic County called the 4th ward, on a street named Godwin Avenue.

As a child, Johnson became increasingly interested in sports, and although he played a few at school it wasn’t until high school that Devhonte found something he really enjoyed and wanted to pursue: Baseball, a sport he played in parallel with basketball throughout his freshman and sophomore years at Eastside High School, choosing to focus solely on baseball after that.

Although Devhonte saw baseball as his passion, during his senior year he discovered jiu-jitsu, a martial art that soon took over on Johnson’s priorities ranking. Not one to split his focus unnecessarily, the young New Jersey athlete decided to quit the ball game and swap it for the gi, becoming a two sessions per day type student from the very get-go.

Coach Edson Carvalho was Devhonte’s first instructor and the man who guided Johnson up to purple belt. As a white belt, young “Bones” was of the belief that he could go far in the sporting facet of jiu-jitsu and trained hard to achieve his goals. Although he loved his team, Devhonte felt his fellow training partners lacked his competition mindset – the class consisting mainly of over 30’s part-time trainers.

Searching for a room where he could have a world-class instruction and sparring, Devhonte decided to leave team Carvalho in 2015, then joining Unity Jiu-Jitsu in New York City with coach Murilo Santana. The head instructor at Unity took Devhonte under his wing, structuring his training and raising the youngster’s attributes to a professional level.

It was also during this purple belt stage that Devhonte started his coaching career, being given a few classes at Unity HQ in Manhattan. Months later, after a few requests from personal friends who asked Johnson to teach BJJ to their kids, and as those friendly privates became consistent in numbers of students, there was the need to grow into a gym, Bones ended up opening his own Unity Jiu-Jitsu affiliate in New Jersey.

In August 2018, after a spectacular year as a brown belt, when Devhonte conquered titles in the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, IBJJF European Open Championship as well as the IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship, Johnson was awarded his black belt rank by coach Murilo Santana.

Devhonte Johnson Grappling Record

    17 (38%)
    7 (16%)
    9 (20%)
    12 (27%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
    6 (26%)
    3 (13%)
    4 (17%)
    7 (30%)
    2 (9%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)


Arm in Ezekiel
Choke from back

Devhonte Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17385Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17976Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLReferee DecisionF2W 91ABSSPF2018
18070Nicholas AlbinLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGR12018
18591Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
19099JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
19533Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLArm in EzekielPan American88KG8F2019
19571Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22019
20007Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
20016DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KG3RD2019
20542Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGR12019
20961Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x2, PenNY BJJ Pro94KGF2019
21473Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21493Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2019
22058Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSF2019
22518Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0NYC Fall OpenABSSF2019
22666Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2019
22737Jackson SousaJackson SousaLDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
23712Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLTriangleSUBVERSIVABSF2020
23902Max GimenisMax GimenisLChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2020
24008Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 8x2Pan American100KGSF2020
24200Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 4100KGSPF2020
24968Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas OpenO100KGF2021
26069Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W 172124KGSPF2021
18319Gilvan CostaWArmbarNY Fall NGO97KGF2018
18321Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWKimuraNY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18323Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18585Fernando HenriqueWRNCNoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18590Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
19094Charles McGuireWSubmissionAtlanta W. Open94KGF2019
19096Julian SynanWBow and arrowAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
19569Orlando AndaviWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12019
19791Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionWashington DCO88KGSF2019
19793Daniel HamptonWChoke from backWashington DCO88KGF2019
19842Nathan SantosWPts: 3x0Boston Sp. Open88KGSF2019
19843Diogo AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvBoston Sp. Open88KGF2019
20013Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20015William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20319Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
21483Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21488Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21489Frederik VosgroneWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
22041Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWAdvEuropean NoGi97KG4F2019
22042Samir KrvavacWPts: 7x2European NoGi97KGSF2019
22044Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi97KGF2019
22049Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
22053Freddy VosgroneWAdvEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
22055Max BickertonWPts: 11x0European NoGiABS4F2019
22056Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2019
22264Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionF2W 131120KGSPF2019
22516Gabriel AraujoWPts: 11x0NYC Fall Open100KGF2019
22526Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 2x0NYC Fall NGO97KGF2019
22531Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22532Yuri SilvaWN/ANYC Fall NGOABSSF2019
22568Arya EsfandmazArya EsfandmazWReferee DecisionPolaris 12104KGSPF2019
22664Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22735Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019
23700T. ClarkWChoke from backSUBVERSIVABSR12020
23707Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIVABSSF2020
23889J. Oliver JansenWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR12020
23898Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS8F2020
24073Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWReferee DecisionF2W 155124KGSPF2020
24741Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee DecisionF2W 15994KGSPF2020
24967Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWReferee DecisionDallas OpenO100KGSF2021
25565Lucas NoratWChoke from backHouston Open100KGSF2021
25566Daniel HamptonWPts: 18x0Houston Open100KGF2021
25914Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
25916Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.97KGSF2021
25918Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Am.97KGF2021

Devhonte Johnson Highlight (purple belt)

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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