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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

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
43
9
#86e620
RNC
19
4
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
10
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
10
2
#fad11b
Triangle
10
2
#f58822
Wristlock
5
1
#224aba
Kimura
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    6 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (42%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (5%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Estima lock
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6175Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6176Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFive NAICABSNA2014
7331Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
7990AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8008Marcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8472Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8475Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9115Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9817Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11067Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
11737Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
11880Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12512Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12771Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13398Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14241Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14420Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15381Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
15835Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
6137Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6138Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6139UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7216M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7324Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7439Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7890Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7891Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
7899Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7900Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
7989Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8007AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8214Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8217UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8219Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8220Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8421Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8471Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8473Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8786Ross NicholsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8791Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8794Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9107Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9799Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9810Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11859Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
11874Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
11878Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13227Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13392Gabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13395Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14232Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14237Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14415Sergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
14744Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
14748Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
14749Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
14852Kauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
14857Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
14859Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15069Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15071Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0European NoGi73KGF2018
15081UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15083Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15088UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15089Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15091Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15101Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
16379Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018

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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