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Sports & Entertainment Promotions Tyson Johnson currently or has previously served:
("The IronMan" Tyson Johnson - The most requested and used MMA Ring Announcer in the business)
-Tachi Palace Fights
-Gladiator Challenge

-Cage Combat

-PFC (Palace Fighting Championships)

-Fight Circuit MMA


-TKT Promotions - "Fighting 4 Kidz"

-JG Promotions

-No Limit Fighting

-P.W.C. - Pro Wrestling Challenge

-King of the Cage

-War Gods

-Goosen Tudor Promotions - WBC / USNBC (Boxing) "ShowBox at the Tachi Palace"

-ESMG Promotions - WBC / USNBC (Boxing) "Fight Night at the PlayBoy Mansion"

-PlayBoy Fight Night - U.S. Tower Corporation / ESMG World Incorporated  (Combat Sports & Entertainment Co.)
-Twilight Fight Night
 -Hitman Fights


Tyson Johson featured on Tosh.0 demonstrating his outstanding athletic ability with jump rope push ups!

Tosh is Better Than You
Web Redemption2 Girls, 1 Cup ReactionDemi Moore Picture

Universal Grappling Academy Training video clips - Oct/Nov. 2008

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Tyson and Eric "The Bad" Apple have a pro-wrestling match at the PFC-12 show while filming pre-fight interviews. (2009)

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Featured in CA Fighter Magazine - April 2009 

California Fighter Magazine

Issue #1 - April 2009

Universal Grappling Academy - Featured Issue #2 - June 2009

UGA Featured June 2009
Issue #2



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Victorville's Tyson Johnson, a former mixed martial arts fighter, now keeps busy as a ring announcer, trainer and writer.
Local man is well known in the MMA world
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Many mixed martial arts fans are familiar with his distinctively deep-voiced call: “Arrrrre Youuuu Readdddddy?”

Victorville’s Tyson Johnson is one of the most recognized ring announcers in the business. He currently works around 30 to 50 shows a year, and the requests keep pouring in.

He announces all the King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge events and also has announced for Desert Extreme, Cage Combat, Warriors Cup, Palace Fighting Championship and more. The demands of the job keep him busy most weekends and have him traveling all around the United States and to various other parts of the world.

Nowadays Johnson steps in the cage sporting a tuxedo, but before that he was an MMA fighter himself. He started competing at a young age, winning many community boxing championships and wrestling tournaments.

His involvement in MMA started 15 years ago when he decided to make some positive changes in his life, and that’s when he first met Gladiator Challenge promoter Tedd Williams of Apple Valley. Williams showed him a more professional, organized way of training and competing.

Johnson has seen a lot of changes since the days when he fought.

“I can remember fighting when it was called No Holds Barred (NHB),” Johnson said. “There were no weight classes and I would fight guys 150 pounds heavier than me.”

Johnson ended his MMA career with a 10-2-1 record.

Johnson’s first ring announcing job was nine years ago when Williams and King of the Cage promoter Terry Trebilcock gave him the opportunity.

“My first show was interesting, but I was a natural,” Johnson said. “From there my abilities have grown.”

He’s lived in the High Desert for 10 years and has played a big part in the success of mixed martial arts in the area. He is the owner of Universal Grappling Academy, where he currently trains 15 mixed martial arts fighters.

He is also helping to build the future of High Desert fighters with 32 children starting as young as 4 years old. They compete in wrestling and grappling tournaments and have won multiple titles in various divisions. Many of these kids have been getting national attention from television programs and sponsors.

Johnson is currently working on three mixed martial arts reality TV shows, which are scheduled to come out sometime in 2008. He’s written a book on mixed martial arts training, nutrition, and motivation, and he’s expecting his second book to be in stores later this year.

Johnson also writes about fighting, fitness, and nutrition ideas for the bi-monthly Gladiator Magazine.

For more information, visit or call Universal Grappling Academy at 241-1899.

This past Saturday, May 16th, saw MMA legend Dan "The Beast" Severn return to action with Gladiator Challenge. Expected to take on GC heavyweight Chris Wood, last-minute changes, as they so often happen in the fight game, and Steven Eakin stepped in to battle "The Beast." Elko, Nevada was the location, and fight fans were excited to see some local favorites as well as Severn going at it in the cage.

- In a welterweight bout that opened the evening, Gladiator Challenge announcer "The Ironman" Tyson Johnson submitted Lucas Wiggins by armbar at 1:30 of the 1st round
- The second bout of the night saw welterweight Koffi Adzitso defeat Zack Ilarraza by unanimous decision (30-27)
- More welterweight action was up next, as John Crowder won by rear-naked choke over Waylon Vigil at 1:04 of the 2nd round
- Middleweights took to the cage next, as Jared Hess TKO'd Dillon Parach at 1:15 of the 1st round
- It was back to the welterweights, as Rayan Kyllone got the quick stoppage of Curtis Garatano by TKO at 0:45 of the 1st round
- Next, female lightweights Danielle McCutchen and Vanessa Watson fought to a draw
- In the only amateur fight of the night, light-heavyweights entered the fray next, as Carlos Sanchez finished Jake Adams with the TKO at 1:51 of the 1st round
- "Nasty" Facundo beat Lupe Lara by unanimous decision in heavyweight action
- Lightweights were up next, as Dustin Maguine ended Miguel Espitia's night with a rear-naked choke at 2:47 of the 2nd round
- Welterweights went at it again next, with Jack Montgomery TKOing Mike Darcy at 1:50 of the 1st round
- Middleweight prospect ran his undefeated record to 5-0, getting the KO win over the experienced Jarret Kelton at 1:50 of the 1st round
- The main event was next, and after back-and-forth action, Dan "The Beast" Severn secured the unanimous decision victory over Steven Eakin

It was a great night, and Gladiator Challenge looks forward to returning to Nevada soon!



GC Fighters "Never Quit"
Friday, November 13, 2009
Article By GC Staff
The Gladiator Challenge fighters “Never Quit” this past Sunday, November 8th, live from the Soboba Casino. Here are the full results:

- Miguel Ruvacaba defeated Victor Miranda by decision
- Travis Browne pulled off one of the quickest KO’s in GC history with a head-kick on Brian Campbell at 0:09 of the 1st round
- Robbie Peralta almost equaled the KO time of the previous round, dropping Rob Hawks at 0:10 of the 1st round
- Jewon Peoples beat Jacob Corbi at 2:43 of the 2nd round via TKO due to strikes
- Alan Roach finished off Danny Webb at 1:11 via TKO due to strikes
- Luke Pomerantze continued the streak of TKOs at the event, pounding out Henry Lu at 1:27 of the 2nd round
- David Sullis conquered Brad Ball by TKO via strikes at 2:03 of the 2nd round
- Daryl Smith KO’d Erik Hipshman at 1:15 of the 2nd round
- Dan Fair grinded out a decision victory over Tim Lindsay
- George Sanchez got the decision victory over Dave Rivas
- “The Ironman” Tyson Johnson stepped from behind the microphone into the cage, stopping Aaron Adamson at 0:47 of the 1st round via TKO due to strikes
- Jose Acuna edged Paul Webb by decision
- Archie Thompson garnered the TKO win over Danny Gutierrez at 1:42 of the 1st round
- Xavier Stokes got the rear-naked choke victory over Ben Champeaux at 1:05 of the 1st round
- Teddy Williams, son of Gladiator Challenge Owner/Promoter Tedd Williams, coaxed Josh Ramage to tap out at 1:15 of the 2nd round via kimura
- Walel Watson tapped out Peter Martinez at 1:33 of the 2nd round by tapout due to a choke
- Bobby Trivitt TKO’d Richie Nueall at 1:01 of the 1st round via ref stoppage due to strikes
- The undefeated Richard Schiller submitted Eric Machado at 1:54 of the 1st round with a rear-naked choke
- Keith Berry quickly ended Jeff Avants’ night with a TKO due to strikes at 0:25 of the 1st round
- Fernando Gonzalez sent everyone home happy with a decisive TKO stoppage of Nick Zarate due to strikes at 0:47 of the 1st round

GC can’t wait to return to the Soboba Casino to electrify fight fans once again!

Tyson & Chloe' Fight on the same card

April 20, 2010 Article Featured on GladiatorChallenge.Com


“The Ironman” Tyson Johnson is a special breed of human with a lot going on in his life and career. A 2008 U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee and the MMA Man of the year, Johnson is known to Gladiator Challenge fans as a world class ring announcer and entertaining fighter. He’s hosted events for several different top MMA promotions, and has introduced fighters in over 1,200 fights. Beyond that, he is also a fighter trainer who operates the Universal Grappling Academy in Victorville, California. Johnson has also contributed his talents to the sport as a fight commentator. But that’s not enough for Johnson. His accomplishments go beyond his success in the cage.

His list of activities in the business side of life is a mile long. “The Ironman” is a very appropriate nickname for Johnson: These are just some of the qualifications and life experiences from Tyson.

• Community Kids Boxing Champion
• All League Wrestling Champion
• ABA BodyBuilding - Mr. California, Mr. U.S.A. and Mr. Universe (1989 -1991)
• Semi-pro wrestler (1991)
• Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition expert
• Gold Medalist - U.S.A. & A.A.U Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling
• Business Developer, marketer, and consultant
• U.S. Investigations (2-time “Investigator of the Year,” 1997-1998 / U.S. Marine / Fed. Criminal Investigations
• Executive Protection-trained.....(Bodyguard, Anti-Terrorist Actions, Defensive Tactics)
• 1999 2X Toughman winner
• Talk radio host AM960
• Television sports reporter
• Motivational Speaker and Life Coach
• Actor, model, voiceover actor, and entertainer
• Possesses over fifteen years of health club sales and management
• Published author of books on training & nutrition, children’s books, and fiction novels

Johnson is a busy man with a lot going on. But all that will go to the side on Sunday, April 25th at Soboba Casino, as “The Ironman” will step into the cage once again to put his skills on display for the enjoyment of the GC fans. But it won’t be as the announcer. He’ll be the one being announced, as he faces Sam Salas in a match. In doing so, his focus will shift from entertaining the fans with his words to entertaining them with his fists and feet. And that won’t be any different for Johnson, who is entertaining no matter what facet of life he’s involved in.

Come out to the Casino and check out “The Ironman” and the others fighters that will be laying it all on the line at “Maximum Force!”  www.GladiatorChallenge.Com

"Ironman," Peralta, Combs win big at "Maximum Force"
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Article By Phil Lanides
22 fantastic bouts electrified the crowd at "Maximum Force" this past Sunday, as some big names took home big victories.

Gladiator Challenge ring announcer "Ironman" Tyson Johnson went a different route than he usually does, as he pounded Brendan Ellison into a TKO victory at just over a minute of the 1st round. Normally, Johnson is a submission-minded fighter, but this time, he used his strikes to get the victory.

The GC Women's Super Fight Championship was on the line as Christina Marks and Chloe Johnson battled. In the end, Marks was able to maneuver her opponent into the rear-naked choke to get the submission victory and the belt. What a huge win for Christina!

Here are the full results of the card:

- Tyson Johnson defeated Brendan Ellison via TKO at 1:07 of the 1st round
- Marvin Garcia defeated Eddie Mendez via unanimous decision
- Victor Miranda defeated Derek Dysterhoff via split-decision
- Brian Ortega defeated John Sassown via submission at 1:48 of the 1st round
- Yoko Hamamura defeated Joe Martinez via submission at 1:44 of the 1st round
- John Lopez defeated Matt Anderson via submission at 2:44 of the 2nd round
- Amateur: Brandon Esparza defeated Josh Haydon via unanimous decision
- Amateur: Matthew Williams defeated Cruz Duke via unanimous decision
- Christina Marks defeated Chloe Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of the 2nd round
- Zeke Miranda defeated Alan Roach via KO at 0:10 of the 2nd round
- Ricardo Feliciano defeated Rafael Ledezma via TKO at 1:57 of the 2nd round
- Shawn Ramage defeated Jamie Martinez via submission at 1:53 of the 1st round
- Robbie Peralta defeated Xavier Stokes via submission at 4:39 of the 3rd round
- Wes Combs defeated Richard Blake via TKO at 3:32 of the 1st round
- Cody Goodale defeated Virgil Zwicker via unanimous decision
- Josh Griggs defeated Bobby Trivitt via TKO at 2:05 of the 3rd round
- Jheorahe Ignat defeated Ryan Varela via unanimous decision
- Stephan Tobias defeated Travis Thompson via split-decision
- Taylor Schmidt defeated Archie Thompson via submission at 1:42 of the 1st round
- Ryan Munday defeated John Potter via submission at 1:37 into 2nd round
- Jimmy Geggie defeated Lance Lancaster via submission at 1:12 of the 1st round
- Sam Rodriguez defeated Jose Galarza via submission 2:12 of the 1st round