Yuri Simoes vs. Devhonte Johnson Added to Fight to Win 173

An elite-level no-gi match has been announced for the upcoming Fight to Win 173 in Dallas, TX. Two-time ADCC champion Yuri Simoes will be taking on Devhonte “Bones” Johnson. The event is scheduled for June 4.

Yuri Simoes is one of the best and most accomplished no-gi jiu-jitsu competitors of the past decade. He is a two-time IBJJF no-gi double world champion, a two-time Pans champion, and a two-time ADCC champion. He has struggled lately, losing three straight matches in 2021, albeit against top-flight competition. So far this year Simoes has lost to Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa, Vagner Rocha, and Nick Rodriguez.

Devhonte Johnson is a black belt under Murilo Santana and represents Unity Jiu-Jitsu. He was a no-gi world champion at every colored belt, and was a 2019 European Open no-gi champion as a black belt. Johnson has been active in IBJJF competition this year, winning the Houston Open.

This is an interesting match-up that pits a long-time veteran of the no-gi scene (Simoes) against a newer black belt with tons of potential but less overall experience (Johnson). Look for Simoes to try to impose his wrestling game and put Johnson on his back where he can work his world-class guard passing. Johnson is a talented wrestler in his own right, but he may opt to work from his guard, where his has excellent sweeps and back-takes.

How to watch: Fight to Win 173 takes place on Friday, June 4 and will live on FloGrappling (subscription required).

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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