DaMarques Johnson

DaMarques Johnson
DaMarques Johnson
Born June 28, 1982 (1982-06-28) (age 29)
West Jordan, Utah, United States
Other names Darkness
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 75 in (190 cm)
Style Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Sandy, Utah
Team Elite Performance
Rank blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 15
By knockout 6
By submission 8
By decision 1
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 5
By decision 1
Draws 0
No contests 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

DaMarques Johnson (born June 28, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist. He was the runner up for the welterweights on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.



Johnson was born and raised in West Jordan, Utah, he and his family were poor and lived in a bad part of the town.[2] Johnson was primarily raised by his Mormon mother, as his father died when he was nine years old.[2] Johnson attended and graduated from Kearns High School. In 2000, Johnson joined the United States Army and National Guard, an option given to him as a kid to get out of some trouble.[2] Johnson worked in the S-1 and did paperwork for other Soldiers while assigned to a Special Forces Group. Johnson took up jiu jutsu in the army.He trained at Close Combat Institute (CCI)[3] After returning to civilian life following his 8 years of active duty, he met Jeremy Horn and began training mixed martial arts at his gym.[4] Johnson had his first fight in 2005, losing by technical knockout. He was submitted by the highly-regarded Brock Larson in his second fight. In his third pro fight, Johnson had his first win at a King of the Cage event, winning the fight by submission due to punches.[5]

Before taping for the Ultimate Fighter, DaMarques taught children's jiu-jitsu classes at Sandy's Elite Performance gym.[6]

The Ultimate Fighter

Johnson appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. He defeated Ray Elbe by technical knockout in an elimination match earning him a spot on the United States team. Johnson won his second fight against Dean Amasinger by submission using a triangle choke, which is noted by his coaches and teammates to be his signature submission move. Johnson won his semi-final match up against Nick Osipczak by unanimous decision. This win earned him the first spot in the welterweight finals.[7]

Johnson also gained notoriety throughout the series due to his ongoing feud with Team UK coach Michael Bisping. Tensions reached an all-time high after Bisping squirted water into Johnson's face citing that Johnson had made a racist comment toward him earlier in the week. However, the comment was made by fellow USA team mate Cameron Dollar, causing Bisping to apologize to Johnson for his behavior.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Johnson lost his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut when he fought James Wilks on June 20, 2009 in Las Vegas to crown the winner of TUF 9 welterweight. Johnson was overwhelmingly defeated after Wilks applied a rear naked choke with six seconds left in round one. After the finale, Johnson was offered a multi-fight contract with the UFC.

At UFC 100 Fan Expo in Las Vegas

Johnson was scheduled to face against Peter Sobotta on November 14, 2009 at UFC 105, but the bout was cancelled due to a military commitment for Sobotta.[8][9] Johnson instead fought and defeated Edgar Garcia via submission (triangle choke) at UFC 107 in his first career pay-per-view fight and he even earned the Submission of the Night award.[10] UFC.com ranked the submission fourth in the UFC's 2009 Submission of Year and had honorable mention for UFC's 2009 Fight of the Year.

At UFC 112, Johnson fought seasoned veteran Brad Blackburn, defeating him via TKO after a strong kick to the body.[11][12] Johnson received knockout of the night honors, adding an extra $75,000 to his paycheck.

Johnson then faced Matt Riddle on August 1, 2010, at UFC on Versus 2. However, Johnson weighed in at 172.5 lbs (and only lost half a pound after the weigh-in). Johnson had to give up 20% of his purse to Matt Riddle. [13] Riddle eventually defeated Johnson via TKO in the second round.

Johnson next faced Mike Guymon on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23.[14] He won the fight via verbal submission in the first round after applying a body triangle.

Johnson faced Amir Sadollah on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24, replacing an injured James Wilks on just two weeks notice.[15] Johnson lost the bout in the second round due to a tapout to elbows while he was trapped in the 'gift wrap' control.

Johnson was expected to face Clay Harvison on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25[16] However, Johnson was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Seth Baczynski.[17] The fight against Harvison was then rebooked to take place on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1.[18] Johnson won the fight via first round KO after hitting Harvison with an uppercut that knocked him down and seemingly unconscious.

Personal life

Johnson has a son named Maxton.[2]

Titles and accomplishments

  • Mixed Martial Arts
    • Ultimate Fighting Championship
      • Runner-Up on The Ultimate Fighter 9 (Welterweight)
      • Submission of the Night (against Edgar Garcia at UFC 107)
      • Knockout of the Night (against Brad Blackburn at UFC 112)

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–9 Clay Harvison KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 02011-11-12 November 12, 2011 1 1:34 Anaheim, California, U.S.
Loss 14–9 Amir Sadollah Submission (strikes) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis 02011-03-26 March 26, 2011 2 3:27 Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Win 14–8 Mike Guymon Submission (body triangle) UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 02011-01-22 January 22, 2011 1 3:22 Killeen, Texas, U.S.
Loss 13–8 Matt Riddle TKO (punches) UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko 02010-08-01 August 1, 2010 2 4:29 San Diego, California, U.S. Fought at a catchweight of 172 lb
Win 13–7 Brad Blackburn TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 112 02010-04-10 April 10, 2010 3 2:08 Abu Dhabi, UAE Won Knockout of the Night Honors
Win 12–7 Edgar Garcia Submission (triangle choke) UFC 107 02009-12-12 December 12, 2009 1 4:03 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Won Submission of the Night Honors
Loss 11–7 James Wilks Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale 02009-06-20 June 20, 2009 1 4:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Lost The Ultimate Fighter 9
Loss 11–6 Ryan Williams Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 109 02008-10-18 October 18, 2008 3 5:00 Moline, Illinois, U.S.
Win 11–5 Brandon Olsen Submission (triangle choke) Throwdown Showdown 2: The Return 02008-09-26 September 26, 2008 2 1:31 Orem, Utah, U.S.
Win 10–5 Ron Vincent TKO (punches) Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night 3 02008-07-12 July 12, 2008 1 2:36 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Win 9–5 Samuel Rauch Submission (triangle choke) Total Mayhem 1 02008-05-31 May 31, 2008 2 2:50 Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Win 8–5 Harold Lucambio Submission (triangle choke) Throwdown Showdown 1 02008-04-18 April 18, 2008 1 1:53 Orem, Utah, U.S.
Win 7–5 Sterling Nitsuma KO (knee) Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night 1 02008-04-05 April 5, 2008 1 2:05 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Win 6–5 William Layton TKO (strikes) UCE Round 28: Episode 2 02007-10-13 October 13, 2007 1 0:55 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Loss 5–5 Court McGee Submission (guillotine choke) UCE Round 26: Finals 02007-06-16 June 16, 2007 3 1:50 St. George, Utah, U.S.
Win 5–4 Hank Weiss Submission (strikes) UCE Round 26: Episode 9 02007-06-02 June 2, 2007 2 1:15 Sandy, Utah, U.S.
Win 4–4 Jake Paul Submission (kimura) Utah Fight Night 1 02006-06-30 June 30, 2006 1 1:46 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Win 3–4 Harold Lucambio Decision (unanimous) UCE Round 25: Finals 02007-03-17 March 17, 2007 3 3:00 West Valley City, Utah, U.S.
Loss 2–4 Justin Wright TKO (strikes) UCE Round 23: Episode 7 02006-11-11 November 11, 2006 1 4:27 Sandy, Utah, U.S.
Win 2–3 Tim Panter TKO (strikes) UCE Round 23: Episode 3 02006-10-14 October 14, 2006 2 N/A Sandy, Utah, U.S.
Loss 1–3 Justin Wright Submission (triangle choke) UCE Round 18: Episode 6 02005-12-10 December 10, 2005 2 1:48 Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Win 1–2 David Rodrique Submission (punches) KOTC: Shock and Awe 02005-10-01 October 1, 2005 1 1:51 Edmonton, Alberta
Loss 0–2 Brock Larson Submission (keylock) Extreme Challenge 63 02005-07-23 July 23, 2005 3 1:02 Hayward, Wisconsin, U.S.
Loss 0–1 Paul Purcell TKO (punches) XFC: Dome Of Destruction 1 02005-04-29 April 29, 2005 1 0:17 Tacoma, Washington, U.S.


  1. ^ http://uk.ufc.com/fighter/DaMarques-Johnson
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  5. ^ "DaMarques Johnson Pro Record". Sherdog. http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Damarques-Johnson-12913. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts: Utahn a finalist on 'Ultimate Fighter'". The Salt Lake Tribune. http://www.sltrib.com/sports/ci_12515505. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
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  10. ^ "Exclusive: Edgar Garcia vs. DaMarques Jones set for UFC 107". 5Oz. of Pain. http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2009/09/30/exclusive-edgar-garcia-vs-damarques-jones-set-for-ufc-107/. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  11. ^ "DaMarques Johnson, UFC 112 both appear headed to Abu Dhabi". MMAJunkie. http://mmajunkie.com/news/17633/damarques-johnson-ufc-112-both-appear-to-be-heading-to-abu-dhabi.mma. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
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  13. ^ "UFC targets DaMarques Johnson vs. Matt Riddle for UFC on Versus 2". mmajunkie.com. http://mmajunkie.com/news/18949/ufc-targets-damarques-johnson-vs-matt-riddle-for-ufc-on-versus-2.mma. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
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