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Michael Liera Jr.

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5050 Guard Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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.

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

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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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

76 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    35 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

35 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
34
12
#86e620
RNC
17
6
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
11
4
#d1212a
Triangle
11
4
#fad11b
Kneebar
6
2
#f58822
Armbar
6
2
#224aba
Wristlock
3
1
#ff9124
Cross Choke
3
1
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
1
#22c9a5
Submission
3
1
#fad223
Choke
3
1
35
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (35%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (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
6242Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6243Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFIVE NAICABSNA2014
7419Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8088AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8107Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8575Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8578Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9242Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9952Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11236Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
11976Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12119Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12773Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
13046Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13708Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14613Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14846Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15916Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16387Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16989Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17698Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18299Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18472Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18743Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19417Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20417Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KG4F2019
6204Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6205Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6206UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7303M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7412Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7533Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7988Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7989Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
7997Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7998Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8087Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8106AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8315Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8318UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8320Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8321Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8524Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8574Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8576Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8902Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8907Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8910Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9234Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9934Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9945Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11356Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12098Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12113Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12117Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13523Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13702Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13705Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14604Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14609Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14841Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15192Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15196Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15197Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15302Kauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15307Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15309Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15563Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15565Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi73KGF2018
15579UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15581Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15586UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15587Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15589Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15602Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
16984Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17695Kauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17696Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18228Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18233Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18235Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
18294Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
18297James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18450Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18736Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18741Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19412Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19414Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
19965Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11085KGSPF2019
20223Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWChokeSan Diego Open82KGSF2019
20225Daniel SpeirnWArmbarSan Diego Open82KGF2019
20275Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver Open82KGSF2019
20276John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20281Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2019
20283Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDenver OpenABSSF2019
20403Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12019
20408Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22019
20612Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11583KGSPF2019
20701Nathan BarretoWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2019
20704Mateo TanzanaWChoke from backAmerican Nats88KGSF2019
21935Phil LietzWBow and arrowF2W Pro 13082KGSPF2019
22340Jake WatsonJake WatsonWBow and arrowF2W Pro 13284KGSPF2019
22999Piter FrankWRNCF2W Pro 13683KGSPF2020
23231Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13777KGSPF2020

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