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Michael Liera Jr.

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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

Stand-up-game

Breakdown
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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
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
Espen Mathiesen L 0 3 0 World RR 2018
Sotaro Yamada W 2 1 0 World NG RR 2018
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
Isaque Bahiense L 0 2 0 Pans RR 2019

Michael Liera Grappling Record

90 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    40 (44%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (7%)
  • 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
Armbar
5
2
#f58822
Kneebar
5
2
#224aba
Choke
3
1
#ff9124
Mounted X choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
3
1
#22c9a5
Wristlock
3
1
#fad223
Cross Choke
3
1
#03861f
Kimura
3
1
#039a1f
Submission
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
Estima lock
33
1
#86e620
Short choke
33
1
#5AD3D1
Armlock
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6251Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6252Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFIVE NAICABSNA2014
7429Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8098AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8117Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8585Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8588Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9254Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9967Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11256Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
12010Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12153Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12807Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
13083Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13751Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14662Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14897Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15971Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16445Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
17058Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17777Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18391Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18566Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18840Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19540Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20553Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KG4F2019
23788Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
24000Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGF2020
25009Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 5x2Dallas Open82KGSF2021
25021Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 8x6Dallas OpenABSSF2021
25219Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Orlando Open76KGF2021
25247Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 4x0Orlando OpenABSF2021
25263JZ CavalcanteLPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
26382Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x2EUG 277KG4F2021
6213Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6214Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6215UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7313M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7422Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7543Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7998Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7999Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
8007Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
8008Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8097Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8116AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8325Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8328UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8330Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8331Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8534Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8584Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8586Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8912Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8917Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8920Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9246Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9949Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9960Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11382Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12132Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12147Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12151Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13566Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13745Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13748Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14653Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14658Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14892Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15247Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15251Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15252Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15357Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15362Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15364Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15618Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15620Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi73KGF2018
15634UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15636Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15641UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15642Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15644Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15657Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
17053Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17774Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17775Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18320Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18325Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18327Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
18386Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
18389James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18544Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18833Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18838Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19535Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19537Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
20096Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W 11085KGSPF2019
20355Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWChokeSan Diego Open82KGSF2019
20357Daniel SpeirnWArmbarSan Diego Open82KGF2019
20407Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver Open82KGSF2019
20408John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20413Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2019
20415Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDenver OpenABSSF2019
20539Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12019
20544Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22019
20752Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20843Nathan BarretoWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2019
20846Mateo TanzanaWChoke from backAmerican Nats88KGSF2019
22117Phil LietzWBow and arrowF2W 13082KGSPF2019
22561Jake WatsonJake WatsonWBow and arrowF2W 13284KGSPF2019
23274Piter FrankWRNCF2W 13683KGSPF2020
23550Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionF2W 13777KGSPF2020
23857Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 9x1Grand Slam MIA77KGR12020
23858Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
23862Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
23864Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGF2020
23990Ricky SemigliaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2020
23995Marcio AndréWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American76KG4F2020
23998Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2020
25019Orlando CastilloWMounted X chokeDallas OpenABS4F2021
25216Giovanni MarceloWToe holdOrlando Open76KG4F2021
25218Dylan WhyteWTriangleOrlando Open76KGSF2021
25236Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 2x0Orlando OpenABSR12021
25243Thiago CintraWChoke from backOrlando OpenABS4F2021
25245Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWPts: 4x2Orlando OpenABSSF2021
27460Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWReferee DecisionF2W 18377KGSPF2021

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