Her boxing career began at age 34 when she weighed 180 pounds. She started at Ring Sports United in Bellevue, Wash. and also trained at Mill Creek Boxing and Credit Boxing before finding her home at COGA MMA in Woodinville, Wash. Tammie, now weighing 140, trains under Coach Joe DeRobbio.
Tammie doesn't view boxing as an athletic pastime or a way to stay in shape. To her it is a second fulltime job and she works very hard at it. Everyday before she starts her IT job she works out at a local fitness club for 2 hours working on a combination of cardio, calisthenics, and weight training. In the evening she spars 8 to 10 rounds at Credit Boxing with other boxers or Coach Credit himself.
It is a regiment that she always follows whether she has a scheduled fight or not. She trains to always be ready for a bout because an opportunity may come up with as much as four weeks and as little as a few days notice.
People have told her she was too old to get into the game and with no amateur experience she could never make it in professional boxing. That is why she has the moto "Prove them wrong" tattooed on her arm. She trains hard everyday to do exactly that.
"Tammie is dedicated to the sport of boxing and is a hard worker," said Coach Credit. "With that she has a great future in the professional ranks of boxing."
Due to the age at which Tammie decided to become competitive in boxing, she was not able to participate in amateur competition and went straight to the pro circuit. She made her pro boxing debut October 6, 2007 in Rochester, Wash., dominating Jana Simms who fell to (0-1-2) in a four round bout. All three judges scored the fight 40-36.
On November 10, 2007, at the Silver Reef Casino, in Ferndale, Wash., Tammie and Jana Simms went toe to toe again. Johnson again shut Simms out. All judges scored the fight 40-36. [Story by Mike Blair] [huge photo gallery #454]
On March 8, 2008, at the Silver Reef Casino, Ferndale, Wash., Tammie (3-0) and Tanya Gallegos, 138, (4-8 2KO) slugged it out in a junior welterweight bout for four rounds. Two judges scored the fight 38-37, the third had it 39-36, all in favor of Johnson, the winner by unanimous decision.
On April 24, 2008, at the Quinault Resort & Casino, in Ocean Shores, Wash., Johnson, 135, 3-0, fought tough veteran, Molly McConnell, 141, who is ranked #5 in the WBAN Ratings. McConnell won the six-rounder by a close majority decision with one judge seeing the fight a draw. Johnson is showing early in this game as a pro that she is not hesitant to take on some noted opponents. Final judges scores, 59-55, 58-56, and 57-57.
In a rematch with McConnell Jan. 17 2009 at Silver Reef Casino, McConnell beat Johnson with a 4th round TKO. At the end of the 3rd, Johnson was knocked to the canvas but regrouped and finished the round. "A lesser fighter would have stayed down," said boxing reporter Mike Blair. Tammie's coach stopped the fight before the 4th.
On March 27, 2009 Tammie ventured out of Washington for the first time to challenge undefeated Rita Figueroa in Chicago. The two battled to a 6-Round draw: 58-56, 55-59, 57-57.
Two weeks later, on April 11, Tammie stepped in for an injured Merced Nunez and fought the 3-0 Sarah Pucek. The two battled to a 4-round draw. Tammie's record stood at 3-2-2.
On June 26, Tammie rematched Figueroa, back in Chicago again, and this time in an 8-round match. Tammie got back on the winning track by defeating the previously undefeated Figueroa in a majority decision: 78-74, 78-74, 76-76.
Just days after Tammie's big win over Figueroa, WBAN (Women Boxing Archive Network) named Tammie July 2009 Fighter of the month.
On November 11, 2009 Taz rematched Sarah Pucek in a 5 round bout at Emerald Queen Casino. It was a contrast of styles between Johnson's power and Pucek's quickness. Pucek end up with the split decision as two judges saw the fight 50-45 and 49-46 Pucek while one judge had Johnson winning 49-46.
On July 10, 2010, Tammie made her amateur mixed martial arts debut at Snoqualmie Casino Rumble on the Ridge XI. She fought Margaret McGregor (5-1 as a boxer) who was also debuting. TAZ submitted McGregor 2 minutes in to the first round via rear naked choke.
A month later, on August 21, TAZ fought 20 year old Carla Lopez at Rumble on the Ridge XII. Tammie battled a guillotine choke for a minute and a half to finish the first round. The two then battled back and forth for the next two rounds. In the end the judges gave Lopez her first MMA victory 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.
07/10/10: Margaret McGregor (0-0)(record at fight time) Result: W
08/21/10: Carla Lopez (0-0) L UD
10/6/07: Jana Simms (0-1-2)(record at fight time) Result: W UD
11/10/07: Jana Simms (0-2-2) W UD
03/08/08: Tonya Gallegos (4-7-0) W UD
04/24/08: Molly McConnell (7-1) L MD
01/17/09: Molly McConnell (9-1) L TKO
03/27/09: Rita Figueroa (10-0) D
04/11/09: Sara Pucek (3-0) D MD
06/26/09: Rita Figueroa (10-0-1) W MD
11/07/09: Sarah Pucek (3-0-1) L SD
Tammie Johnson was born in Southside Chicago Sept. 5, 1971. A gifted athlete, she lettered in 5 different high school sports while participating in both skateboarding and BMX freestyle/stunt riding.
Tammie spent six years in the military, four in the Navy and two in the Army. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and currently works as the IT Manager for a research and development company. Tammie lives in Lynnwood with her husband and has two daughters.