The American River Current

UFC Fighter Josh Emmett reflects on growing up in Sacramento

UFC fighter Josh Emmett trains in the octagon with his trainer Joey Rodriguez at on Feb. 14 at Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness. Emmett is preparing for his first UFC main event fight against Jeremy Stephens on Feb. 24 in Orlando, FL. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Luis Gael

March 14, 2018

From where Josh Emmett is standing, he can hear the music pounding through the arena speakers. He’s waiting for his cue to enter the octagon. The 32-year-old is about to make his professional mixed martial arts debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship — the largest MMA promotion in the world. ...

ARC student and former MMA fighter shares story of paralyzing accident

Retired MMA fighter Devin Johnson talks about his life after a paralyzing injury caused him to be unable to fight. Johnson spoke to ARC students and faculty during a college hour Thursday. (Photo by Matthew Nobert)

Shiavon Chatman

February 10, 2016

In a previous version, The Current incorrectly put Devin Johnson's name as Devin Jackson in the feature photo's cutline. American River College student and former mixed martial artist Devin Johnson told his story about the injury that left him paralyzed and effectively ended his very promising car...

Former MMA fighter learns to walk again

Barbara Harvey and Barbara Harvey

October 28, 2014

Walking was “out of the question.” Former mixed martial artist and ARC student Devin Johnson was 22 years old when an injury suffered during MMA practice left him fighting for his life. When he woke up from the two-week medically induced coma doctors put him in to save his life, he was paralyzed...

Fighting Back

Ed Gebing, Melissa Hurtado, Ed Gebing, and Melissa Hurtado

February 21, 2014

By Ed Gebing and Melissa Hurtado Local Mixed Martial Artist Devin Johnson was gearing up for the fight of his life, but after a dangerous injury suffered while training, he found himself fighting for his life. The American River College student had his world turned upside down after breaking his...

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