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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
Armbar
14
1
#5AD3D1
Kimura
14
1
#d1212a
RNC
14
1
#fad11b
Submission
14
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
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
17320Thiago SaThiago SaLReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.91KG4F2018
17902Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 91ABSSPF2018
17996Nicholas AlbinLReferee DecisionADCC EC Trials99KGR12018
18507Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds91KGSF2018
19003JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 2x0Atlanta W. OpenABS4F2019
19425Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLArm in EzekielPan American88KG8F2019
19463Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR22019
19897Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
19906DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KG3RD2019
20423Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGR12019
20833Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLPts: 2x2, PenNY BJJ Pro94KGF2019
21335Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2No Gi Pan Am.97KGSF2019
21355Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmlockNo Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2019
21901Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideLReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSF2019
22323Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 2x0NYC Fall OpenABSSF2019
22469Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLReferee DecisionNoGi WorldsABSSF2019
22540Jackson SousaJackson SousaLDQNoGi Worlds91KGSF2019
18237Gilvan CostaWArmbarNY Fall NGO97KGF2018
18239Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWKimuraNY Fall NGOABS4F2018
18241Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 0x0, AdvNY Fall NGOABSSF2018
18501Fernando HenriqueWRNCNoGi Worlds91KGR12018
18506Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2018
18998Charles McGuireWSubmissionAtlanta W. Open94KGF2019
19000Julian SynanWBow and arrowAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
19461Orlando AndaviWChoke from backPan AmericanABSR12019
19681Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioWReferee DecisionWashington DCO88KGSF2019
19683Daniel HamptonWChoke from backWashington DCO88KGF2019
19732Nathan SantosWPts: 3x0Boston Sp. Open88KGSF2019
19733Diogo AraujoWPts: 2x2, AdvBoston Sp. Open88KGF2019
19903Viking WongWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
19905William DiasWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGRPC2019
20204Matt LeightonMatt LeightonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11185KGSPF2019
21345Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieWReferee DecisionNo Gi Pan Am.ABSR12019
21350Vinicius TratorVinicius TratorWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2019
21351Frederik VosgroneWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2019
21884Marcelo GomideMarcelo GomideWAdvEuropean NoGi97KG4F2019
21885Samir KrvavacWPts: 7x2European NoGi97KGSF2019
21887Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGi97KGF2019
21892Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 6x0European NoGiABSR12019
21896Freddy VosgroneWAdvEuropean NoGiABS8F2019
21898Max BickertonWPts: 11x0European NoGiABS4F2019
21899Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWReferee DecisionEuropean NoGiABSSF2019
22075Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 131120KGSPF2019
22321Gabriel AraujoWPts: 11x0NYC Fall Open100KGF2019
22331Paul ArdilaPaul ArdilaWPts: 2x0NYC Fall NGO97KGF2019
22336Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 11x0NYC Fall NGOABS4F2019
22337Yuri SilvaWN/ANYC Fall NGOABSSF2019
22372Arya EsfandmazWReferee DecisionPolaris 12104KGSPF2019
22467Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2019
22538Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds91KG4F2019

Devhonte Johnson Highlight (purple belt)

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