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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 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 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

    19 (39%)
    7 (14%)
    10 (20%)
    12 (24%)
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Bow and arrow
Anaconda choke
    6 (25%)
    3 (13%)
    4 (17%)
    8 (33%)
    2 (8%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)


Choke from back
Arm in Ezekiel

Devhonte Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17391Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17985Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLReferee DecisionF2W 91ABSSPF2018
18081Nicholas AlbinLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGR12018
18602Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
19116JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
19554Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLArm in EzekielPan American88KG8F2019
19592Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22019
20031Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
20040DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KG3RD2019
20567Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGR12019
20986Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x2, PenNY BJJ Pro94KGF2019
21504Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21524Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2019
22092Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSF2019
22554Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0NYC Fall OpenABSSF2019
22702Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2019
22773Jackson SousaJackson SousaLDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
23760Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLTriangleSUBVERSIVABSF2020
23951Max GimenisMax GimenisLChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2020
24057Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 8x2Pan American100KGSF2020
24250Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 4100KGSPF2020
25029Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas OpenO100KGF2021
26135Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W 172124KGSPF2021
27425Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLReferee DecisionPan American100KGSF2021
18330Gilvan CostaWArmbarNY Fall NGO97KGF2018
18332Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWKimuraNY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18334Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18596Fernando HenriqueWRNCNoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18601Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
19111Charles McGuireWSubmissionAtlanta W. Open94KGF2019
19113Julian SynanWBow and arrowAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
19590Orlando AndaviWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12019
19814Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionWashington DCO88KGSF2019
19816Daniel HamptonWChoke from backWashington DCO88KGF2019
19866Nathan SantosWPts: 3x0Boston Sp. Open88KGSF2019
19867Diogo AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvBoston Sp. Open88KGF2019
20037Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20039William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20343Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
21514Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21519Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21520Frederik VosgroneWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
22075Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWAdvEuropean NoGi97KG4F2019
22076Samir KrvavacWPts: 7x2European NoGi97KGSF2019
22078Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi97KGF2019
22083Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
22087Freddy VosgroneWAdvEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
22089Max BickertonWPts: 11x0European NoGiABS4F2019
22090Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2019
22298Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionF2W 131120KGSPF2019
22552Gabriel AraujoWPts: 11x0NYC Fall Open100KGF2019
22562Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 2x0NYC Fall NGO97KGF2019
22567Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22568Yuri SilvaWN/ANYC Fall NGOABSSF2019
22604Arya EsfandmazArya EsfandmazWReferee DecisionPolaris 12104KGSPF2019
22700Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22771Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019
23748T. ClarkWChoke from backSUBVERSIVABSR12020
23755Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIVABSSF2020
23938J. Oliver JansenWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR12020
23947Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS8F2020
24122Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWReferee DecisionF2W 155124KGSPF2020
24794Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee DecisionF2W 15994KGSPF2020
25028Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWReferee DecisionDallas OpenO100KGSF2021
25626Lucas NoratLucas NoratWChoke from backHouston Open100KGSF2021
25627Daniel HamptonWPts: 18x0Houston Open100KGF2021
25977Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
25979Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.97KGSF2021
25981Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Am.97KGF2021
27422Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 7x0Pan American100KG4F2021
28097Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
28111Elliot KellyWPts: 0x0, PenNoGi Worlds97KGSF2021
28112Joe DierkhisingWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds97KGF2021

Devhonte Johnson Highlight (purple belt)

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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