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Fight to Win 97- Sacramento, California

Fight to Win 97- Sacramento, California


Tex Johnson Continues His Big Year With A Win In Sacramento!

This past weekend in Sacramento, California, Fight to Win held their 97th event.  In the main event, Tex Johnson, from Unity in New York City (Manhattan) defeated hometown favorite Eliot Kelly by split decision to retain his Fight 2 Win Black Belt Heavyweight No-Gi Masters title- which he won in October 2018, after winning a close decision against Tom DeBlass.

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In this weekend's match, Tex mainly pulled to seated guard, avoiding Eliot Kelly from utilizing his college level wrestling skills (Eliot wrestled at UC Davis)  and attacked for lower body submissions. Tex was unable to secure any close submission attempts, but his constant attacks awarded him the split decision for the referees.

Other notable black belt matches included Bryant Pangelinan defeating Tim Freeman by split decision, to win Fight of the Night, and Checkmat's Ricardo Feliciano defeating Ernest Mello by armbar to win submission of the night.  

Aaron "Tex" Johnson Biography

Aaron "Tex" Johnson was born on April 1, 1986 in Bedford, Ohio.  As a child, Aaron practicing Tae Kwon Do. He got his nickname "Tex" because he had lived in Texas, prior to moving to Georgia, where he attended high school, and played football and wrestled.  After high school, Tex became more interested in combat sports. He first trained in Muay Thai, going undefeated in amateur bouts. However, he soon became interested in training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, training at different schools throughout the state of Georgia.  

Tex trained at various schools like American Top Team and Brian Stann's academy before he settled on the Alliance USA HQ academy guided by Alliance co-founder Romero "Jacare" Calvalcanti, and Lightweight legend Lucas Lepri.  In 2014, when Lucas Lepri established his academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tex followed his teacher there. He later changed schools, was promoted to black belt on April 26, 2015 by Phil Smith, and eventually ended up at Unity Jiu Jitsu in New York City (Manhattan), where he continues to train today.

Black Belt Main Achievements

  • ADCC East Coast US Trials Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Pans No-Gi Champion (2016/2017/2018)
  • IBJJF New York Spring Open Champion (2017/2018)
  • IBJJF New York Spring No-Gi Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open Champion (2017/2018)
  • IBJJF Atlanta Summer No-Gi Open Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Boston Spring Open 2nd Place (2016)
  • IBJJF New York Spring No-Gi Open 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open 3rd Place (2016)


Fight to Win 97 Results

Black Belt Results

Tex Johnson defeats Eliot Kelly Split Decision 
Retains F2W Masters Heavy Weight NOGI Title
Bryant Pangelinan defeats Tim Freeman Split Decision- Fight Of The Night
Manny Rocha defeats Rich Bothun Decision 
Gustavo Enriquez defeats Bruce Tafoya triangle
Marc De La Cruz defeats Rocky Fort Darce 
Rodrigo Cardoso defeats Davin Maxwell Armbar 
Jason Butcher defeats Felipe Bragio Decision 
Angel Lopez defeats Louie Moreno Decision 
Chad Bingham defeats David Henson armbar 
Dom Hoskins defeats Miguel Augusto Dom N Arrow 
Ricardo Pantcho Feliciano defeats Ernest Mello Armbar- Submission Of The Night

Brown Belt Results
Cássia Paixão defeats Elizabeth Mitrovic Split Decision 
Becomes Womens Brown Belt Welter Weight Champion 
Daniel Wuerthner defeats Troy Everett Decision 
Antione Green-gibson defats Sean Joseph Decision 
Robert Marlowe defeats Scott Chapman Decision 
Clint Treadway defeats Daniel Lebeau Decision 
Mikey Singh Hothi defeats Thomas Haley Armbar
Vince Barbosa defeats Michael Malott Split Decision - Fight Of The Night
Damien Wright defeats Tony Perez Ezekiel Choke - Submission Of The Night
David Acosta defeats Trinidad Bautista Heel hook
Anthony Mercado defeats Sam Tanner Decision

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Purple Belt Results
Spencer Jeha defeats Ian Johnson Decision 
Jacob Pupo defeats Manny Mendoza Triangle Kimura - Submission Of The Night
Vijay Sama defeats Joey Taylor Decision 
James Lampe defeats Mitchell Torres Armbar
Brandon Heath defeats Jaime Villar Molina Decision 
Robert Parks defeats Adam Gilbert Decision 
Joy Ann Pendell defeats Nikol Aguirre Decision 
Billy English defeats Nathan Duenas Cross Choke
Nick Pica defeats Bryce Sexton Armbar 
Antonio Cumerlato defeats Andre Be Decision 
John Tai defeats Larry White Decision 
Albert Tapia defeats Nico Lozada RNC - Fight Of The Night
Patti Jean Southworth defeats Rebecca Bazemore Decision

Arjuna Brown defeats Hector Morales Triangle - Fight Of The Night
Spencer Her defeats Jesse Reyes Triangle Armbar

Overall, the Fight 2 Win promotion paid the fighters a total of $34,722 in salaries and commissions.

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