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Flyweight Division


"Inner G"

Charles Johnson

Flyweight Division

16-6-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Charles Johnson

athlete record


Learn more about Charles Johnson's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Topeka, United States
Trains at
Murcielago MMA
Octagon Debut
Jul. 23, 2022
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2016
  • Seven wins by KO, three by submission (Anaconda, Brabo, Kimura)
  • Four first-round finishes
  • Has won five of his last eight and three in a row
  • Lost September 2018 bout to UFC vet Brandon Royval
  • Had 1-5-4 pro boxing record, but fought eight unbeaten fighters.

UFC on ESPN (7/13/24) Johnson knocked out Joshua Van at :20 of the third round

UFC on ESPN (5/11/24) Johnson won a three round unanimous decision over Jake Hadley 

UFC Fight Night (2/3/24) Johnson won a three round unanimous decision over Azat Maksum 

UFC Fight Night (11/18/23) Johnson lost a three round unanimous decision to Rafael Estevam 

UFC Fight Night (4/29/23) Johnson lost a three round unanimous decision to Cody Durden

UFC Fight Night (2/25/23) Johnson lost a three round split decision to Ode’ Osbourne

UFC Fight Night (1/14/23) Johnson stopped Jimmy Flick via strikes at 4:33 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (11/19/22) Johnson won a three round split decision over Zhalgas Zhumagulov

UFC Fight Night (7/23/22) Johnson lost a three round unanimous decision to Muhammad Mokaev

When and why did you start training for fighting? Happenstance. In 2012, my brother needed someone to wrestle with for his amateur title fight in Kansas. I was home for the fall, deciding on going back to school in the spring and was an All-State wrestler in high school. A fight fell out and he asked if I wanted to fight. I took a fight after only training a week and a half and got hooked in the sport. 

What professional titles have you held? Legacy fighting alliance (LFA) 3x flyweight champ

Any accomplishments in amateur combat sports? AAU All-American track and field, Division 1 xc and track athlete, four-sport All-State athlete in one year 

Any belts/ranks in grappling disciplines? Jiu Jitsu – blue, Judo - yellow 

What has been your toughest fight to date and why? Losing scholarship in college, becoming homeless and having to battle back to the life I wanted to make. In the UFC, versus Mokaev; I was battling personal demons and mental fatigue. 

Who is your favorite fighter and why? My favorite martial artist is Max Holloway. He’s free in there and has found a way to make a fight out of every competition. His career is the one I would like to see myself emulate the most. Samart Payakaroon, Pernell Whitaker, Dom Cruz and Jon jones. Defensive and intellectuals of the craft! 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I was in school for Graphic Communication/Design

What was your job before you started fighting? Many jobs with whoever allowed me to train enough, and to eat, get to the gym and have a place to live - carpentry, car tech, HS wrestling coach for five years, retail.

Personal Life / Background: Being a dad of a 14-month-old, impacting the STL community in any way (putting together an event for November), playing League of Legends, writing to beats and rapping, applying myself to anything creative (graphic designer).