Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Michael Liera Junior is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under André Galvão, of the Atos academy, who is widely recognized as one of the most talented competitors of his generation. Born in Littleton, Colorado – US, Michael Liera Jr. started making waves in jiu jitsu’s competitive scene early on, winning his first world title as a blue belt (2011), he followed his early success winning 2 more “Mundial” gold medals at purple and at brown belt, before receiving his black belt on November 2014.

Michael Liera Jr. Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Remiglio Liera Jr.

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: M. Maeda > Carlos Gracie Rey. Gracie > Osv. Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Michael Liera

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF World Champion (2014 brown, 2013 purple, 2011 blue)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2012 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014 brown, 2013 purple weight & absolute, 2012 purple, 2011 blue)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2014 and 2013 brown weight & absolute, 2012 purple weight & absolute)
  • IBJJF American National No Gi Champion (2013 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/168lbs)

Team/Association: Atos Jiu Jitsu

Michael Liera Jr. Biography

Michael Liera Junior was born on September 29, 1993 in Littleton, Colorado. Michael got interested in jiu jitsu after he got invited over to a family friend’s house to watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 60). The main event fight was between Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie. This was the first time the Liera family watched mixed martial arts (MMA), and they immediately became intrigued by the sport. It was this frame of mind led Michael and his father to visit a Brazilian jiu jitsu gym where their friend trained (the same family friend who showed them the UFC).

Both Michael Liera Junior and Senior started training jiu jitsu with coach Odie Neto, but soon moved to João Cunha of Pitbull Jiu Jitsu, Cunha awarded Liera Jr. his yellow, and orange belts. The family then moved to the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu gym, a gym led by two of the sport’s biggest icons, Saulo and Alexandre Ribeiro who awarded Junior his blue, and purple belts.

As a purple belt Michael changed teams, leaving Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu to join André Galvão at the Atos headquarters in San Diego, where he also picked a roll as an assistant coach at the academy a role he had also fulfilled at the RJJ academy. It was Galvão who awarded Michael Liera his brown belt in 2013, and his black belt on November 2014, after a flawless campaign in the brown belt lightweight division.

Michael Liera Grappling Record

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (48%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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Choke from back
27
3
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Bow and arrow
18
2
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RNC
18
2
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Kneebar
18
2
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Triangle
9
1
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Wristlock
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (60%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6015Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6016Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFive NAICABSNA2014
7129Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2015
7766AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
7782Marcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open82KGF2015
8232Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8235Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8844Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG1/4F2016
9529Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2016
10716Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG1/4F2016
5984Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
5985Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
5986UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS1/4F2014
7015M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7122Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG1/8F2015
7235Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7674Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta Open82KGSF2015
7675Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta Open82KGF2015
7679Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7680Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
7765Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG1/4F2015
7781AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open82KGSF2015
7977Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
7980UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS1/4F2015
7982Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
7983Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8181Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8231Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8233Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8530Ross NicholsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8535Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG1/4F2016
8538Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
8836Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG1/8F2016
9511Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9522Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016

Michael Liera vs Alex Cabanes

Michael Liera Jr. vs Anil Singh

Michael Liera Jr. vs Lindsey Arcangel

Michael Liera Jr Highlight (closed guard to back)

 

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