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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

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    17 (50%)
  • 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
Triangle
12
2
#d1212a
Kimura
12
2
#fad11b
Armbar
12
2
#f58822
No arm triangle
6
1
#224aba
RNC
6
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
6
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
6
1
17
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
29 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
50/50 armbar
10
1
#86e620
Toe hold
10
1
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
10
1
#d1212a
Estima lock
10
1
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
10
1
#f58822
Armlock
10
1
#224aba
Pena choke
10
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
10
1
#bf1f6c
Kneebar
10
1
#22c9a5
Triangle
10
1
10
(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
30467Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLPts: 6x6, AdvAtlanta WO76KG4F2022
31639Diego SodreDiego SodreLBow and arrowPan American70KG4F2022
32556Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta SPNGO73KGSF2022
32586Ariel MagalhaesLPts: 6x4Chicago SPO70KGF2022
32908Diego SodreDiego SodreLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGSF2022
34393Israel SousaIsrael SousaLArmlockN. Haven Open76KGF2022
34726Michael SheenanLPena chokeJJ Con76KGR12022
34804Ismael SantosIsmael SantosLPts: 4x2JJ Con NG73KGSF2022
36573Ruan AlvarengaRuan AlvarengaLPts: 13x0NHaven FNGO73KGF2022
36844Gavin CorbeLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds67KGSF2022
38467Alef SoaresLPts: 2x0Pan American76KG8F2023
39075Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLChoke from backNashville SPO70KGF2023
40331Jonata GomesJonata GomesLPts: 4x0World Champ.70KG8F2023
42417Gabriel AmorimLKneebarJJ Con76KGSF2023
46104Omar AlfadhliLPts: 2x0ADGS TYO69KG8F2024
47895Florian BayiliFlorian BayiliLPts: 2x0Pan American70KGR12024
48703Lucas ProtasioLucas ProtasioLPts: 2x0ADGS Rome77KG8F2024
49382Jefferson NascimentoLTriangleAtlanta SPO76KGSF2024
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
31630Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KGR12022
32500Michael HayWChoke from backAtlanta SPO70KG4F2022
32503Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWArmbarAtlanta SPO70KGSF2022
32504Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 8x4Atlanta SPO70KGF2022
32582Kelly JohnsonWTriangleChicago SPO70KG4F2022
32584Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 2x2, AdvChicago SPO70KGSF2022
32609Joshua MurdockWReferee DecisionChicago SPNGO73KGSF2022
32610Andrea SeaverWKimuraChicago SPNGO73KGF2022
32892Marlos SalgadoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12022
32903Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG4F2022
34392Christian MuckayWPts: 6x0N. Haven Open76KGSF2022
34803Anthony WongWRNCJJ Con NG73KG4F2022
36835Dennis PresseyWEstima lockNoGi Worlds67KGR12022
36839Ashley WilliamsAshley WilliamsWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds67KG4F2022
37416Alex HodiWInside heel hookGrapple ITT3N/ASPF2023
39070Darryl LebusWPts: 4x2Nashville SPO70KG4F2023
39074Vincente LuceroWPts: 6x0Nashville SPO70KGSF2023
40324Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGR12023
42412Johnathan FrankWChoke from backJJ Con76KG4F2023
46097Kim InkwangWSubmissionADGS TYO69KGR12024
47787Wesley PossamaiWChoke from backIndianapolis76KGSF2024
48695Nicola CastellanoWPts: 9x3ADGS Rome77KGR12024

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