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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

24 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    8 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
25
3
#86e620
Kimura
17
2
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
2
#d1212a
Triangle
17
2
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
1
#f58822
RNC
8
1
#224aba
No arm triangle
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (37%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
14
1
#86e620
Estima lock
14
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
14
1
#d1212a
Armlock
14
1
#fad11b
Pena choke
14
1
#f58822
50/50 armbar
14
1
#224aba
Toe hold
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Daniel Maira Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
26620Joao MendesJoao MendesLPts: 4x0American Nats70KGSF2021
26683Joshua BacallaoLDQAmerican NGN73KG4F2021
26716Dylan RoyceLPointsAmerican NGNABS4F2021
27291Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLPts: 7x4Charleston SO76KG4F2021
27514Alex SodreAlex SodreL50/50 armbarPan American70KG8F2021
27828Damion OrandayDamion OrandayLToe holdAtlanta SMNG73KGSF2021
27841Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta SMNGABSF2021
28194Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 15x4NoGi Worlds67KGSF2021
28821Pierre LeclercLInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR52021
29039Damion OrandayDamion OrandayLEstima lockJJ CON NG73KGSF2021
29433Fabricio AndreyFabricio AndreyLPts: 3x0World Champ.70KG8F2021
30386Fabricio BarbarottiFabricio BarbarottiLPts: 6x6, AdvAtlanta WO76KG4F2022
31549Diego SodreDiego SodreLBow and arrowPan American70KG4F2022
32451Deandre CorbeDeandre CorbeLPts: 0x0, AdvAtlanta SPNGO73KGSF2022
32481Ariel MagalhaesLPts: 6x4Chicago SPO70KGF2022
32798Diego SodreDiego SodreLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGSF2022
34243Israel SousaIsrael SousaLArmlockN. Haven Open76KGF2022
34572Michael SheenanLPena chokeJJ Con76KGR12022
34650Ismael SantosIsmael SantosLPts: 4x2JJ Con NG73KGSF2022
25704Orlando CastilloWPointsCharleston Open70KGSF2021
26789Robbie RiondaWNo arm triangleFury ProN/ASPF2021
27840Thiago FerreiraWTriangleAtlanta SMNGABSSF2021
28187Suraj BudhramWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds67KG8F2021
28190Danilo MoreiraDanilo MoreiraWPts: 4x4, AdvNoGi Worlds67KG4F2021
28774Jeff ChildsWKimuraADCC EC Trials77KGR12021
28786M. LeverettWInside heel hookADCC EC Trials77KGR22021
28801Jonatas NovaesWArmbarADCC EC Trials77KGR32021
28814Dane LeakWPts: 5x0ADCC EC Trials77KGR42021
29037Matheus GalvaoWInside heel hookJJ CON NG73KG4F2021
29048Jackson DouglasJackson DouglasWPts: 4x0JJ CON NGABS4F2021
29426Felipe LinharesFelipe LinharesWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGR12021
31540Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KGR12022
32395Michael HayWChoke from backAtlanta SPO70KG4F2022
32398Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWArmbarAtlanta SPO70KGSF2022
32399Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 8x4Atlanta SPO70KGF2022
32477Kelly JohnsonWTriangleChicago SPO70KG4F2022
32479Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 2x2, AdvChicago SPO70KGSF2022
32504Joshua MurdockWReferee DecisionChicago SPNGO73KGSF2022
32505Andrea SeaverWKimuraChicago SPNGO73KGF2022
32782Marlos SalgadoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR12022
32793Ismael SantosIsmael SantosWPts: 6x2World Champ.70KG4F2022
34242Christian MuckayWPts: 6x0N. Haven Open76KGSF2022
34649Anthony WongWRNCJJ Con NG73KG4F2022

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