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aniel Maira is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete and a black belt under Mikey Musumeci, who trained extensively with Marcelo Garcia at the Alliance, New York Academy. A co-founder of the Movement Art Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Philadelphia, Maira became widely recognized as one of the top competitors of his generation after his wins at the Pan American Championships (gi and no-gi) in the brown belt division during 2020.

Daniel Maira Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Daniel Maira

Nickname: Maira is often referred to as “Freestyle”, a name that dates back to his soccer days as he was an avid freestyle-football performer.

Lineage : Carlos Gracie Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Rafael Fofitio > Gilbert Burns > Michael Musumeci > Daniel Maira

Main Achievements:

  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • Fight 2 Win Featherweight Champion (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LDN (2020 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open NOGI (2018 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Crab Ride, Berimbolo, Lapel-Guards

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Movement Art

Daniel Maira Biography

Daniel Maira was born on August 12, 1991, in Trenton, New Jersey, USA, but spent his formative years in Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.

As a teenager, Daniel found an affinity for football (soccer), a sport he pursued for nearly a decade, starting at the age of 14. Maira was fully invested in this sport, attempting a professional career during his late-teens/early-20s, reaching the second division in the US at a semi-professional level.

A victim of bullying when he was a kid, Maira made a few attempts at martial arts through taekwondo and jiu-jitsu, both experiences being short-lived at the time of his childhood. Things changed when he sparked his curiosity for combat sports as a 22-year-old man, the time he decided to try jiu-jitsu once again.

Maira’s first jiu-jitsu instruction was given by Erik Purcell, who guided Daniel during his first few months of grappling. Purcell was a mixed martial arts athlete with other life objectives outside of combat sports, leaving Maira’s tuition to pursue those when the young Jersey native was still a white belt.

Although left without a formal mentor, Daniel was already too embedded in jiu-jitsu culture to leave the sport at the time, opting to continue his training without a supervisor, with Purcell still in charge of Maira’s belt rank promotions, all the way up until brown belt.

After earning his brown belt Maira decided to look for a more professional training environment, opting for Marcelo Garcia‘s Alliance Gym in New York City, where he met and befriended Nick Salles – his soon-to be, business partner.

In the period that he joined MGA, Daniel had grown disheartened with the sport and was on the verge of quitting jiu-jitsu. Around that same time, Maira’s friend, Cesar Agreda, introduced Daniel to BJJ World Champion Michael Musumeci, someone who was instrumental in Maira’s decision to remain in the sport.

Maira and Musumeci remained good friends over the next 3 years, during which Mikey provided plenty of solid technical and mindset oriented advice. So much so that, once Maira and Salles decided to leave MGA – in August 2020 – to form their own gym, Movement Art, in Philadelphia, Musumeci took the talented duo under his wing, promoting both to black belt, in November 2020.

Daniel Maira Grappling Record

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (52%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

17 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
24
4
#86e620
Choke from back
18
3
#5AD3D1
Kimura
12
2
#d1212a
Armbar
12
2
#fad11b
Triangle
12
2
#f58822
RNC
6
1
#224aba
Estima lock
6
1
#ff9124
Submission
6
1
#bf1f6c
No arm triangle
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    12 (44%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (19%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

9 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Estima lock
11
1
#86e620
Bow and arrow
11
1
#5AD3D1
Armlock
11
1
#d1212a
Pena choke
11
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
11
1
#f58822
Kneebar
11
1
#224aba
50/50 armbar
11
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
11
1
#bf1f6c
Inside heel hook
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Daniel Maira Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
26658Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 4x0American Nats70KGSF2021
26720Joshua BacallaoLDQAmerican NGN73KG4F2021
26753Dylan RoyceLPointsAmerican NGNABS4F2021
27329Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 7x4Charleston SO76KG4F2021
27552Alex SodreAlex SodreL50/50 armbarPan American70KG8F2021
27865Damion OrandayDamion OrandayLToe holdAtlanta SMNG73KGSF2021
27878Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta SMNGABSF2021
28233Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 15x4NoGi Worlds67KGSF2021
28863Pierre LeclercLInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR52021
29081Damion OrandayDamion OrandayLEstima lockJJ CON NG73KGSF2021
29478Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG8F2021
30466Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLPts: 6x6, AdvAtlanta WO76KG4F2022
31637Diego SodreDiego SodreLBow and arrowPan American70KG4F2022
32554Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta SPNGO73KGSF2022
32584Ariel MagalhaesLPts: 6x4Chicago SPO70KGF2022
32906Diego SodreDiego SodreLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGSF2022
34391Israel SousaIsrael SousaLArmlockN. Haven Open76KGF2022
34724Michael SheenanLPena chokeJJ Con76KGR12022
34802Ismael SantosIsmael SantosLPts: 4x2JJ Con NG73KGSF2022
36570Ruan AlvarengaRuan AlvarengaLPts: 13x0NHaven FNGO73KGF2022
36840Gavin CorbeLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2022
38458Alef SoaresLPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2023
39065Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLChoke from backNashville SPO70KGF2023
40321Jonata GomesJonata GomesLPts: 4x0World Champ.70KG8F2023
42407Gabriel AmorimLKneebarJJ Con76KGSF2023
46089Omar AlfadhliLPts: 2x0ADGS TYO69KG8F2024
47880Florian BayiliLPts: 2x0Pan American70KGR12024
25736Orlando CastilloWPointsCharleston Open70KGSF2021
26827Robbie RiondaWNo arm triangleFury ProN/ASPF2021
27877Thiago FerreiraWTriangleAtlanta SMNGABSSF2021
28226Suraj BudhramWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds67KG8F2021
28229Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds67KG4F2021
28815Jeff ChildsWKimuraADCC EC Trials77KGR12021
28828M. LeverettWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR22021
28843Jonatas NovaesWArmbarADCC EC Trials77KGR32021
28856Dane LeakWPts: 5x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR42021
29079Matheus GalvaoWInside heel hookJJ CON NG73KG4F2021
29090Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 4x0JJ CON NGABS4F2021
29471Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGR12021
31628Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KGR12022
32498Michael HayWChoke from backAtlanta SPO70KG4F2022
32501Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWArmbarAtlanta SPO70KGSF2022
32502Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 8x4Atlanta SPO70KGF2022
32580Kelly JohnsonWTriangleChicago SPO70KG4F2022
32582Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 2x2, AdvChicago SPO70KGSF2022
32607Joshua MurdockWReferee DecisionChicago SPNGO73KGSF2022
32608Andrea SeaverWKimuraChicago SPNGO73KGF2022
32890Marlos SalgadoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12022
32901Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG4F2022
34390Christian MuckayWPts: 6x0N. Haven Open76KGSF2022
34801Anthony WongWRNCJJ Con NG73KG4F2022
36831Dennis PresseyWEstima lockNoGi Worlds67KGR12022
36835Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KG4F2022
37412Alex HodiWInside heel hookGrapple ITT3N/ASPF2023
39060Darryl LebusWPts: 4x2Nashville SPO70KG4F2023
39064Vincente LuceroWPts: 6x0Nashville SPO70KGSF2023
40314Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGR12023
42402Johnathan FrankWChoke from backJJ Con76KG4F2023
46082Kim InkwangWSubmissionADGS TYO69KGR12024
47772Wesley PossamaiWChoke from backIndianapolis76KGSF2024

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