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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 World Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 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 (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2019**)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 / 2021)

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

81 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    32 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    15 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Katagatame
25
6
#86e620
Choke from back
17
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
3
#d1212a
RNC
13
3
#fad11b
Anaconda choke
8
2
#f58822
Americana
4
1
#224aba
Pressure
4
1
#ff9124
Peruvian necktie
4
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
4
1
#22c9a5
Submission
4
1
#fad223
Bow and arrow
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (33%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (5%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
33
2
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
17
1
#5AD3D1
Armlock
17
1
#d1212a
Triangle
17
1
#fad11b
RNC
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Devhonte Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17448Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
18048Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLReferee DecisionF2W 91ABSSPF2018
18149Nicholas AlbinLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGR12018
18675Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
19197JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0Atlanta WOABS4F2019
19638Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLArm in EzekielPan American88KG8F2019
19676Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22019
20120Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
20129DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KG3RD2019
20659Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGR12019
21079Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x2, PenNY BJJ Pro94KGF2019
21602Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21622Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2019
22199Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSF2019
22675Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0NYC Fall OpenABSSF2019
22826Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2019
22897Jackson SousaJackson SousaLDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
23912Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLTriangleSUBVERSIV 3ABSF2020
24107Max GimenisMax GimenisLChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2020
24213Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 8x2Pan American100KGSF2020
24411Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 4100KGSPF2020
25208Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas OpenO100KGF2021
26330Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W 172124KGSPF2021
27633Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLReferee DecisionPan American100KGSF2021
28936Mason FowlerMason FowlerLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGF2021
29584Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 4x2World Champ.100KGSF2021
31350Mario GonzalezLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials99KGSF2022
31715Marcus RibeiroMarcus RibeiroLChoke from backPan American100KG4F2022
33008Marcus RibeiroMarcus RibeiroLPts: 6x2World Champ.100KG4F2022
34216Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KGF2022
34429Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPointsN. Haven NGO97KGF2022
35062Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLReferee DecisionADCC99KGR12022
36907C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KG4F2022
37301Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 9x0European Open94KGSF2023
39060Erich MunisErich MunisLPts: 6x2BJJ StarsABS4F2023
39626Pedro LucasPedro LucasLPts: 3x2Brasileiro100KG4F2023
42536Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLRNCBlue CollarABS4F2023
43437Dante LeonDante LeonLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan97KGF2023
43806Alex GrandyLReferee DecisionADCC ECTrials99KGSF2023
48288Cody LintonLPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials99KGR22024
18398Gilvan CostaWArmbarNY Fall NGO97KGF2018
18400Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWKimuraNY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18402Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18669Fernando HenriqueWRNCNoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18674Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
19192Charles McGuireWSubmissionAtlanta WO94KGF2019
19194Julian SynanWBow and arrowAtlanta WOABSR12019
19674Orlando AndaviWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12019
19904Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionWashington DCO88KGSF2019
19906Daniel HamptonWChoke from backWashington DCO88KGF2019
19956Nathan SantosWPts: 3x0Boston SPO88KGSF2019
19957Diogo AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvBoston SPO88KGF2019
20126Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20128William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20432Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
21612Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21617Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21618Frederik VosgroneWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
22182Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWAdvEuropean NoGi97KG4F2019
22183Samir KrvavacWPts: 7x2European NoGi97KGSF2019
22185Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi97KGF2019
22190Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
22194Freddy VosgroneWAdvEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
22196Max BickertonWPts: 11x0European NoGiABS4F2019
22197Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2019
22413Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionF2W 131120KGSPF2019
22673Gabriel AraujoWPts: 11x0NYC Fall Open100KGF2019
22684Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 2x0NYC Fall NGO97KGF2019
22689Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22690Yuri SilvaWN/ANYC Fall NGOABSSF2019
22726Arya EsfandmazArya EsfandmazWReferee DecisionPolaris 12104KGSPF2019
22824Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22895Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019
23897T. ClarkWChoke from backSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23906Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 3ABSSF2020
24094J. Oliver JansenWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR12020
24103Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS8F2020
24282Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWReferee DecisionF2W 155124KGSPF2020
24960Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee DecisionF2W 15994KGSPF2020
25207Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWReferee DecisionDallas OpenO100KGSF2021
25810Lucas NoratLucas NoratWChoke from backHouston Open100KGSF2021
25811Daniel HamptonWPts: 18x0Houston Open100KGF2021
26170Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
26172Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.97KGSF2021
26174Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Am.97KGF2021
27630Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 7x0Pan American100KG4F2021
28314Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
28328Elliot KellyWPts: 0x0, PenNoGi Worlds97KGSF2021
28329Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds97KGF2021
28917Kristopher TorresWRNCADCC EC Trials99KGR12021
28922Jon BealeWArmbarADCC EC Trials99KGR22021
28928Brandon ConradWRNCADCC EC Trials99KGR32021
28933Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingWPts: 4x0ADCC EC Trials99KG4F2021
28934Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGSF2021
29303Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionF2W 188100KGSPF2021
29575Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 16x0World Champ.100KG8F2021
29582Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 3x0World Champ.100KG4F2021
31327Scott GillerWKatagatameADCC WC Trials99KGR12022
31331Abraham MontagneWAnaconda chokeADCC WC Trials99KGR12022
31342Luke HarrisWPts: 12x0ADCC WC Trials99KG8F2022
31346S. BantaWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials99KG4F2022
33006Eric BergmannWPts: 3x0World Champ.100KG8F2022
33832Albruce TouaevWAmericanaRise 9ABS4F2022
33836Rene SousaWArmbarRise 9ABSSF2022
33837Jason RauJason RauWKatagatameRise 9ABSF2022
34206Andy PerezWKatagatameSapateiro Inv93KG8F2022
34212Q. RozensweigWKatagatameSapateiro Inv93KG4F2022
34214Ryan AitkenWEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KGSF2022
34428Michael MedeirosWPressureN. Haven NGO97KGSF2022
36903Calon SabinoWPeruvian necktieNoGi Worlds91KG8F2022
37294Janis RiekstinsWPts: 3x0European Open94KGR12023
37298Bruno LimaBruno LimaWPts: 2x0European Open94KG4F2023
39050Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraWPts: 2x2BJJ StarsABSR12023
42136Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWReferee DecisionPLC PeaceNASPF2023
43434Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan97KG4F2023
43436Thiago AndradeWKatagatameNoGi Pan97KGSF2023
43785Seth HannekenWPts: 2x0ADCC ECTrials99KGR12023
43788Channing OesterWKatagatameADCC ECTrials99KGR22023
43796Evan RosboroughWPts: 3x0ADCC ECTrials99KG8F2023
43802Matthew SecorWPts: 5x0ADCC ECTrials99KG4F2023
43808Adrian NezWPts: 6x0ADCC ECTrials99KG3RD2023

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