Charles Johnson Tattoo: Did He Compete in the Olympics? Meaning Behind UFC Fighter’s Five-Rings Back Ink

Published 02/03/2024, 10:21 PM EST

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Charles Johnson has come out on top against Azat Maksum! Johnson competes in the flyweight division in the UFC and has been on a rough streak that saw him lose back-to-back fights against Ode Osbourne, Cody Durden and Rafael Estevam. But with his performance against Maksum, Johnson has managed to snap the unfortunate string of losses and get back into the win column!

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However, fans watching were left intrigued by the myriad of tattoos sported by Johnson. Especially the five-ring tattoo that resembles the Olympic logo on his back! As such, let’s explore all we know about the body art showcased by Johnson!

Charles Johnson has not competed in the Olympics

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The fight between Charles Johnson and Azat Maksum was marked by Johnson’s resilience and determination as he secured a hard fought decision victory after a back and forth affair for 3 rounds. While Johnson ended his losing streak with the win, Maksum faced the first defeat in his professional career.

Johnsons’ tattoos were also a point of conversation for many fans in the fight. The symbol on Johnson’s back resembles the Olympic logo and it is surrounded by what is traditionally recognized as the “Olympic Olive Wreath”, a mark of the spirit of the games.

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However, Charles Johnson has never been a part of the Olympic games or competed in them in the past. The tattoo’s meaning is only known to Johnson as there have been no comments by him on the meaning behind the ink as of now.

Despite his lack of Olympic experience, Johnson had a standout athletic background and according to reports available online, was a 2-time AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) champion in track and field. He also secured All-State honors in wrestling and long distance running, but found his passion in MMA.

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With the much-needed victory now secure, Johnson will be looking to establish himself in the flyweight division. But despite his win coming at the UFC Apex, the fighter recently revealed his thoughts on fighting in the arena!

Johnson slams the UFC Apex arena

UFC Fight Nights held at the Apex facility in Las Vegas have drawn criticism from fighters in the past, with flyweight Charles Johnson joining the ranks recently. Johnson, who has fought five consecutive times at the Apex since his promotional debut, recently expressed frustration at missing the full UFC experience.

In a recent interview, prior to his fight at UFC Vegas 85, he stated, “My whole career is gonna be in the f—king Apex, you know? No fans. I can’t even get my wife in there and my baby girl ‘cause the tickets are f—king $1,600 plus”

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Despite appreciating the intimacy of the venue, Johnson expressed a longing for the energy and support of fans present in larger arenas, comparing the Apex experience to a sparring session rather than a true fight.

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And with his win against Maksum now in the bag, Johnson will be looking forward to having his next fight in a larger arena and in front of the fans who will be eager to cheer for the fighter!

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Dushyant Patni

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I am Dushyant Patni, a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for Mixed Martial Arts started because my father used to be a boxer and a martial arts fanatic. It passed down to me as my first pair of boxing gloves were his old ones! Prior to joining EssentiallySports, I honed my writing and editing skills across various organizations as a writer and an editor.
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