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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 Pan American Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF No-Gi World Championship 3rd Place (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2014 brown, 2013 purple, 2011 blue)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2012 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2014 brown, 2013** purple, 2012 purple, 2011 blue)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2014**/2013** brown, 2012** purple)
  • IBJJF American National No Gi Champion (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

56 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    24 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
10
#86e620
RNC
20
5
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
8
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
8
2
#fad11b
Triangle
8
2
#f58822
Wristlock
4
1
#224aba
Cross Choke
4
1
#ff9124
Kimura
4
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (39%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Estima lock
50
1
#86e620
Short choke
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6188Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6189Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFive NAICABSNA2014
7353Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8018AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8036Marcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8504Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8507Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9159Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9865Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11128Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
11828Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
11971Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12609Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12871Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13525Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14391Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14570Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15551Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16007Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16571Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17215Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
17745Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
17895Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
6150Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6151Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6152UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7237M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7346Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7463Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7918Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7919Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
7927Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7928Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8017Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8035AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8244Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8247UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8249Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8250Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8453Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8503Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8505Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8820Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8825Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8828Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9151Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9847Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9858Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11227Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
11950Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
11965Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
11969Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13340Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13519Gabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13522Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14382Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14387Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14565Sergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
14900Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
14904Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
14905Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15008Kauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15013Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15015Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15225Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15227Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0European NoGi73KGF2018
15237UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15239Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15244UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15245Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15247Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15257Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
16566Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17212Kauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17213Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17682Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
17687Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
17689Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
17740Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
17743James PuopoloJames PuopoloWN/ADenver OpenABSSF2018
17873Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018

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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