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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Fall NoGi Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Washington DC Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2019*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2019**)

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 through 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.

On 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

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
2
#86e620
RNC
14
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
14
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
14
1
#fad11b
Armbar
14
1
#f58822
Kimura
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (35%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (12%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (6%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Arm in Ezekiel
50
1
#86e620
Armlock
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Devhonte Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17311Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17893Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 91ABSSPF2018
17985Nicholas AlbinLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGR12018
18496Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
18992JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
19412Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLArm in EzekielPan American88KG8F2019
19450Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22019
19883Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
19892DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KG3RD2019
20409Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGR12019
20819Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x2, PenNY BJJ Pro94KGF2019
21320Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21340Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2019
21872Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSF2019
22292Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0NYC Fall OpenABSSF2019
22435Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2019
22506Jackson SousaJackson SousaLDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
18226Gilvan CostaWArmbarNY Fall NGO97KGF2018
18228Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWKimuraNY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18230Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18490Fernando HenriqueWRNCNoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18495Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18987Charles McGuireWSubmissionAtlanta W. Open94KGF2019
18989Julian SynanWBow and arrowAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
19448Orlando AndaviWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12019
19667Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionWashington DCO88KGSF2019
19669Daniel HamptonWChoke from backWashington DCO88KGF2019
19718Nathan SantosWPts: 3x0Boston Sp. Open88KGSF2019
19719Diogo AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvBoston Sp. Open88KGF2019
19889Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
19891William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20190Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11185KGSPF2019
21330Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21335Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21336Frederik VosgroneWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
21855Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWAdvEuropean NoGi97KG4F2019
21856Samir KrvavacWPts: 7x2European NoGi97KGSF2019
21858Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi97KGF2019
21863Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
21867Freddy VosgroneWAdvEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
21869Max BickertonWPts: 11x0European NoGiABS4F2019
21870Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2019
22046Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 131120KGSPF2019
22290Gabriel AraujoWPts: 11x0NYC Fall Open100KGF2019
22300Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 2x0NYC Fall NGO97KGF2019
22305Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22306Yuri SilvaWN/ANYC Fall NGOABSSF2019
22341Arya EsfandmazWReferee DecisionPolaris 12104KGSPF2019
22433Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22504Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019

Devhonte Johnson Highlight (purple belt)

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