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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

71 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    22 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    14 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

22 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
4
#86e620
Katagatame
18
4
#5AD3D1
Armbar
14
3
#d1212a
RNC
14
3
#fad11b
Anaconda choke
9
2
#f58822
Submission
5
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
5
1
#ff9124
Americana
5
1
#bf1f6c
Pressure
5
1
#22c9a5
Peruvian necktie
5
1
#fad223
Kimura
5
1
22
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
33 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (36%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (6%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
2
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
20
1
#5AD3D1
Armlock
20
1
#d1212a
Triangle
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Devhonte Johnson Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
17442Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
18039Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLReferee DecisionF2W 91ABSSPF2018
18140Nicholas AlbinLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGR12018
18666Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
19186JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0Atlanta WOABS4F2019
19627Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLArm in EzekielPan American88KG8F2019
19665Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22019
20109Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
20118DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KG3RD2019
20648Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGR12019
21068Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x2, PenNY BJJ Pro94KGF2019
21591Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21611Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2019
22188Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSF2019
22665Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0NYC Fall OpenABSSF2019
22816Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2019
22887Jackson SousaJackson SousaLDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
23902Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLTriangleSUBVERSIV 3ABSF2020
24096Max GimenisMax GimenisLChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2020
24202Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 8x2Pan American100KGSF2020
24399Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 0x0, AdvBJJ Stars 4100KGSPF2020
25196Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 0x0, AdvDallas OpenO100KGF2021
26311Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W 172124KGSPF2021
27614Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLReferee DecisionPan American100KGSF2021
28916Mason FowlerMason FowlerLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGF2021
29561Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLPts: 4x2World Champ.100KGSF2021
31301Mario GonzalezLReferee DecisionADCC WC Trials99KGSF2022
31666Marcus RibeiroMarcus RibeiroLChoke from backPan American100KG4F2022
32953Marcus RibeiroMarcus RibeiroLPts: 6x2World Champ.100KG4F2022
34150Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniLEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KGF2022
34363Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPointsN. Haven NGO97KGF2022
34993Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLReferee DecisionADCC99KGR12022
36806C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds91KG4F2022
18389Gilvan CostaWArmbarNY Fall NGO97KGF2018
18391Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWKimuraNY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18393Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18660Fernando HenriqueWRNCNoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18665Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
19181Charles McGuireWSubmissionAtlanta WO94KGF2019
19183Julian SynanWBow and arrowAtlanta WOABSR12019
19663Orlando AndaviWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12019
19893Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionWashington DCO88KGSF2019
19895Daniel HamptonWChoke from backWashington DCO88KGF2019
19945Nathan SantosWPts: 3x0Boston SPO88KGSF2019
19946Diogo AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvBoston SPO88KGF2019
20115Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20117William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20421Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionF2W 11185KGSPF2019
21601Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21606Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21607Frederik VosgroneWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
22171Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWAdvEuropean NoGi97KG4F2019
22172Samir KrvavacWPts: 7x2European NoGi97KGSF2019
22174Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi97KGF2019
22179Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
22183Freddy VosgroneWAdvEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
22185Max BickertonWPts: 11x0European NoGiABS4F2019
22186Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2019
22402Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionF2W 131120KGSPF2019
22663Gabriel AraujoWPts: 11x0NYC Fall Open100KGF2019
22674Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 2x0NYC Fall NGO97KGF2019
22679Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22680Yuri SilvaWN/ANYC Fall NGOABSSF2019
22716Arya EsfandmazArya EsfandmazWReferee DecisionPolaris 12104KGSPF2019
22814Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22885Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019
23887T. ClarkWChoke from backSUBVERSIV 3ABSR12020
23896Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 3ABSSF2020
24083J. Oliver JansenWPts: 10x0Pan AmericanABSR12020
24092Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABS8F2020
24271Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWReferee DecisionF2W 155124KGSPF2020
24948Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWReferee DecisionF2W 15994KGSPF2020
25195Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWReferee DecisionDallas OpenO100KGSF2021
25796Lucas NoratLucas NoratWChoke from backHouston Open100KGSF2021
25797Daniel HamptonWPts: 18x0Houston Open100KGF2021
26152Michael PerezMichael PerezWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.97KG4F2021
26154Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWReferee DecisionNoGi Pan Am.97KGSF2021
26156Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 4x0NoGi Pan Am.97KGF2021
27611Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 7x0Pan American100KG4F2021
28295Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewWAnaconda chokeNoGi Worlds97KG4F2021
28309Elliot KellyWPts: 0x0, PenNoGi Worlds97KGSF2021
28310Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds97KGF2021
28897Kristopher TorresWRNCADCC EC Trials99KGR12021
28902Jon BealeWArmbarADCC EC Trials99KGR22021
28908Brandon ConradWRNCADCC EC Trials99KGR32021
28913Joe DierkhisingJoe DierkhisingWPts: 4x0ADCC EC Trials99KG4F2021
28914Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGSF2021
29280Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWReferee DecisionF2W 188100KGSPF2021
29552Lucas NoratLucas NoratWPts: 16x0World Champ.100KG8F2021
29559Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 3x0World Champ.100KG4F2021
31278Scott GillerWKatagatameADCC WC Trials99KGR12022
31282Abraham MontagneWAnaconda chokeADCC WC Trials99KGR12022
31293Luke HarrisWPts: 12x0ADCC WC Trials99KG8F2022
31297Steffen BantaWPts: 3x0ADCC WC Trials99KG4F2022
32951Eric BergmannWPts: 3x0World Champ.100KG8F2022
33765Albruce TouaevWAmericanaRise 9ABS4F2022
33769Rene SousaWArmbarRise 9ABSSF2022
33770Jason RauJason RauWKatagatameRise 9ABSF2022
34140Andy PerezWKatagatameSapateiro Inv93KG8F2022
34146Q. RozensweigWKatagatameSapateiro Inv93KG4F2022
34148Ryan AitkenWEBI/OTSapateiro Inv93KGSF2022
34362Michael MedeirosWPressureN. Haven NGO97KGSF2022
36802Calon SabinoWPeruvian necktieNoGi Worlds91KG8F2022
37078Janis RiekstinsWPts: 3x0European Open94KGR12023

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