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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)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 / 2019)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (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.

Michael Liera MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 1.53

OVERALL CONQUERED

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Top Game

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Stand-up-game

OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Juan Kamezawa W 0 1 0 World RR 2016
Ilke Bulut W 2 1 0 World RR 2016
Espen Mathiesen L 0 3 0 World RR 2018
Sotaro Yamada W 2 1 0 World NG RR 2018
Vitor Oliveira W 0 2 0 Pans RR 2018
Francisco Iturralde W 1 1 0 Pans 4F 2018
Kauan Barboza W 0 1 0 Pans RR 2018
Isaque Bahiense L 0 2 0 Pans RR 2019
Chad Hardy W 0 2 0 Pans 4F 2019
Igor Paiva W 0 1 0 World RR 2019
Tommy Langaker W 0 1 1 World RR 2019
Victor Silverio W 0 1 0 Pans RR 2019

Michael Liera Grappling Record

89 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

40 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
35
14
#86e620
RNC
15
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
5
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
10
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
5
2
#f58822
Armbar
5
2
#224aba
Wristlock
3
1
#ff9124
Cross Choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
1
#22c9a5
Submission
3
1
#fad223
Choke
3
1
#03861f
Mounted X choke
3
1
#039a1f
Toe hold
3
1
40
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (29%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Short choke
33
1
#86e620
Armlock
33
1
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6244Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6245Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFIVE NAICABSNA2014
7422Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8091AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8110Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8578Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8581Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9247Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9960Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11249Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
12003Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12146Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12800Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
13076Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13742Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14653Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14888Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15957Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16431Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
17044Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17763Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18374Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18549Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18823Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19518Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20529Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KG4F2019
23743Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
23955Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGF2020
24948Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 5x2Dallas Open82KGSF2021
24960Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 8x6Dallas OpenABSSF2021
25158Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Orlando Open76KGF2021
25186Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 4x0Orlando OpenABSF2021
25202JZ CavalcanteLPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
26306Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x2EUG 277KG4F2021
6206Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6207Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6208UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7306M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7415Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7536Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7991Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7992Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
8000Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
8001Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8090Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8109AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8318Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8321UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8323Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8324Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8527Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8577Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8579Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8905Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8910Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8913Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9239Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9942Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9953Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11375Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12125Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12140Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12144Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13557Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13736Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13739Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14644Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14649Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14883Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15233Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15237Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15238Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15343Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15348Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15350Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15604Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15606Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi73KGF2018
15620UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15622Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15627UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15628Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15630Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15643Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
17039Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17760Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17761Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18303Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18308Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18310Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
18369Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
18372James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18527Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18816Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18821Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19513Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19515Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
20072Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W 11085KGSPF2019
20331Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWChokeSan Diego Open82KGSF2019
20333Daniel SpeirnWArmbarSan Diego Open82KGF2019
20383Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver Open82KGSF2019
20384John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20389Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2019
20391Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDenver OpenABSSF2019
20515Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12019
20520Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22019
20728Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20819Nathan BarretoWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2019
20822Mateo TanzanaWChoke from backAmerican Nats88KGSF2019
22086Phil LietzWBow and arrowF2W 13082KGSPF2019
22529Jake WatsonJake WatsonWBow and arrowF2W 13284KGSPF2019
23230Piter FrankWRNCF2W 13683KGSPF2020
23505Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionF2W 13777KGSPF2020
23812Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 9x1Grand Slam MIA77KGR12020
23813Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
23817Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
23819Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGF2020
23945Ricky SemigliaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2020
23950Marcio AndréWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American76KG4F2020
23953Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2020
24958Orlando CastilloWMounted X chokeDallas OpenABS4F2021
25155Giovanni MarceloWToe holdOrlando Open76KG4F2021
25157Dylan WhyteWTriangleOrlando Open76KGSF2021
25175Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 2x0Orlando OpenABSR12021
25182Thiago CintraWChoke from backOrlando OpenABS4F2021
25184Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWPts: 4x2Orlando OpenABSSF2021

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