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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 brown belt, before receiving his black belt on November 2014. 5 years later, on October 2019, Michael Liera moved to Colorado where he founded his own academy alongside fellow Atos teammate, YJ Lee, a gym the pair called the Lōgōs Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

Michael Liera Jr. Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Remiglio Liera Jr.

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Carlos Gracie Rey. Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Michael Liera

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2022)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 / 2019 / 2024)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Championship (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 brown, 2013 purple, 2011 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No Gi (2012 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014 brown, 2013** purple, 2012 purple, 2011 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2014**/2013** brown, 2012** purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No Gi (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Guard

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

Team/Association: Atos Jiu-Jitsu / Lōgōs Jiu-Jitsu Academy

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 that 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.

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Michael Liera Grappling Record

111 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    46 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    51 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

51 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
31
16
#86e620
RNC
24
12
#5AD3D1
Triangle
12
6
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
8
4
#fad11b
Armbar
6
3
#f58822
Submission
4
2
#224aba
Kneebar
4
2
#ff9124
Cross Choke
2
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke
2
1
#fad223
Mounted X choke
2
1
#03861f
Toe hold
2
1
#039a1f
Wristlock
2
1
51
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
42 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    21 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (24%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Estima lock
40
2
#86e620
Short choke
20
1
#5AD3D1
Armlock
20
1
#d1212a
Armbar
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6265Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6266Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFIVE NAICABSNA2014
7447Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8116AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8135Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8603Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8606Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9272Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9985Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11274Sean RobertsSean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
12033Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12176Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12831Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
13107Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13776Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14693Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14934Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
16012Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16488Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
17112Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17840Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18472Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18647Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18921Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19637Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20660Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KG4F2019
23960Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
24180Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGF2020
25213Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 5x2Dallas Open82KGSF2021
25225Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 8x6Dallas OpenABSSF2021
25427Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Orlando Open76KGF2021
25455Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 4x0Orlando OpenABSF2021
25471JZ CavalcanteLPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
26608Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x2EUG 277KG4F2021
29518Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KG4F2021
33429Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 4x2American Nat.76KGF2022
39919Marcelo FaustoMarcelo FaustoLEstima lockDenver Open82KGF2023
42091Elijah DorseyElijah DorseyLPts: 7x0ADCC Arizona76KGSF2023
42593Elijah DorseyElijah DorseyLReferee DecisionADCC Chicago76KGSF2023
42598Sergio ArdilaSergio ArdilaLPts: 1x0ADCC Chicago76KG3RD2023
47968Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiLArmbarPan American76KGSF2024
50230Luiz PauloLuiz PauloLPts: 3x2World Champ.76KG8F2024
6227Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6228Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6229UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7331M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7440Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7561Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
8016Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
8017Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
8025Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
8026Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8115Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8134AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8343Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8346UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8348Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8349Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8552Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8602Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8604Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8930Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8935Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8938Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9264Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9967Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9978Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11403Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12155Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12170Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12174Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13590Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13770Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13773Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14684Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14689Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14929Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15288Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15292Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15293Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15398Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15403Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15405Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15659Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15661Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi73KGF2018
15675UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15677Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15682UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15683Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15685Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15698Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
17107Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17837Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17838Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18396Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18401Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18403Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
18467Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
18470James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18625Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18914Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18919Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19632Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19634Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
20199Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W 11085KGSPF2019
20458Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWChokeSan Diego Open82KGSF2019
20460Daniel SpeirnWArmbarSan Diego Open82KGF2019
20510Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver Open82KGSF2019
20511John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20516Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2019
20518Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDenver OpenABSSF2019
20646Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12019
20651Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22019
20859Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20950Nathan BarretoWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2019
20953Mateo TanzanaWChoke from backAmerican Nats88KGSF2019
22246Phil LietzWBow and arrowF2W 13082KGSPF2019
22703Jake WatsonJake WatsonWBow and arrowF2W 13284KGSPF2019
23432Piter FrankWRNCF2W 13683KGSPF2020
23716Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionF2W 13777KGSPF2020
24031Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 9x1Grand Slam MIA77KGR12020
24032Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
24036Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
24038Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGF2020
24170Ricky SemigliaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2020
24175Marcio AndréWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American76KG4F2020
24178Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2020
25223Orlando CastilloWMounted X chokeDallas OpenABS4F2021
25424Giovanni MarceloWToe holdOrlando Open76KG4F2021
25426Dylan WhyteWTriangleOrlando Open76KGSF2021
25444Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 2x0Orlando OpenABSR12021
25451Thiago CintraWChoke from backOrlando OpenABS4F2021
25453Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWPts: 4x2Orlando OpenABSSF2021
27707Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWReferee DecisionF2W 18377KGSPF2021
29511Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
33425Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPts: 6x4American Nat.76KG4F2022
33428Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.76KGSF2022
34548Colon SantanaWPts: 8x2Chicago SMO76KG4F2022
34550Charles MurdockWTriangleChicago SMO76KGSF2022
34552Sergio SoaresWChoke from backChicago SMO76KGF2022
39916Celso RicardoWPts: 4x2Denver Open82KG4F2023
39918Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWPts: 4x2Denver Open82KGSF2023
40073Austin JonesWArmbarADCC Denver76KGR12023
40075Anthony FrieseWPts: 5x0ADCC Denver76KG4F2023
40077Derek RayfieldWPts: 12x0ADCC Denver76KGSF2023
40078Tristan McDonaldWRNCADCC Denver76KGF2023
42081Chad HerreraWRNCADCC Arizona76KGR12023
42085Oscar SantosWRNCADCC Arizona76KG8F2023
42088Steven RamosWSubmissionADCC Arizona76KG4F2023
42587Josh MurdockWRNCADCC Chicago76KG8F2023
42590Sidney TavolaroWRNCADCC Chicago76KG4F2023
42597Benjamin SchultzWPts: 7x0ADCC Chicago76KGRPC2023
47954Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliWPts: 6x4Pan American76KGR22024
47962Ariel TabakAriel TabakWRNCPan American76KG8F2024
47967Pedro BoloPedro BoloWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG4F2024

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