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Michael Liera Jr.

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Instructional by Alexandre Ribeiro

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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Bottom Game

Top Game

Stand-up-game

Breakdown
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Top Game

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
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
Vitor Oliveira W 0 2 0 Pans RR 2018
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
Chad Hardy W 0 2 0 Pans 4F 2019
Igor Paiva W 0 1 0 World RR 2019

Michael Liera Grappling Record

83 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    36 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

36 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
36
13
#86e620
RNC
17
6
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
11
4
#d1212a
Triangle
11
4
#fad11b
Armbar
6
2
#f58822
Kneebar
6
2
#224aba
Cross Choke
3
1
#ff9124
Kimura
3
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
1
#22c9a5
Choke
3
1
#fad223
Wristlock
3
1
36
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
28 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (32%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (11%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (18%)
  • 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
6242Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6243Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFIVE NAICABSNA2014
7420Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8089AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8108Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8576Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8579Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9245Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9958Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11247Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
12001Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12144Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12798Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
13074Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13740Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14651Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14885Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15954Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16428Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
17041Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17760Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18367Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18542Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18815Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19503Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20512Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KG4F2019
23699Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
23910Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGF2020
6204Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6205Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6206UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7304M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7413Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7534Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7989Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7990Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
7998Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7999Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8088Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8107AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8316Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8319UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8321Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8322Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8525Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8575Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8577Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8903Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8908Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8911Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9237Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9940Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9951Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11373Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12123Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12138Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12142Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13555Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13734Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13737Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14642Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14647Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14880Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15230Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15234Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15235Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15340Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15345Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15347Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15601Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15603Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi73KGF2018
15617UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15619Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15624UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15625Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15627Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15640Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
17036Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17757Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17758Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18296Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18301Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18303Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
18362Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
18365James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18520Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18808Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18813Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19498Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19500Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
20057Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W 11085KGSPF2019
20315Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWChokeSan Diego Open82KGSF2019
20317Daniel SpeirnWArmbarSan Diego Open82KGF2019
20367Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver Open82KGSF2019
20368John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20373Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2019
20375Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDenver OpenABSSF2019
20498Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12019
20503Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22019
20711Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20802Nathan BarretoWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2019
20805Mateo TanzanaWChoke from backAmerican Nats88KGSF2019
22067Phil LietzWBow and arrowF2W 13082KGSPF2019
22507Jake WatsonJake WatsonWBow and arrowF2W 13284KGSPF2019
23197Piter FrankWRNCF2W 13683KGSPF2020
23469Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionF2W 13777KGSPF2020
23767Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 9x1Grand Slam MIA77KGR12020
23768Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
23772Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
23774Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGF2020
23900Ricky SemigliaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2020
23905Marcio AndréWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American76KG4F2020
23908Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2020

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)

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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