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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 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)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 3rd Place (2019)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2019)

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

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    28 (47%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

28 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
39
11
#86e620
RNC
18
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
4
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
7
2
#fad11b
Kneebar
7
2
#f58822
Wristlock
4
1
#224aba
Cross Choke
4
1
#ff9124
Kimura
4
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
4
1
28
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (36%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (36%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (12%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (16%)
  • 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
6224Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6225Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFive NAICABSNA2014
7393Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8062AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8081Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8549Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8552Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9206Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9914Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11191Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
11907Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12050Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12692Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12963Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13620Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14496Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14690Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15700Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16160Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16748Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17426Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
17993Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18152Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18384Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19014Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
6186Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6187Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6188UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7277M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7386Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7507Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7962Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7963Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
7971Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7972Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8061Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8080AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8289Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8292UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8294Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8295Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8498Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8548Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8550Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8866Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8871Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8874Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9198Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9896Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9907Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11299Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12029Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12044Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12048Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13436Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13614Gabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13617Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14487Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14492Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14685Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15024Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15028Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15029Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15132Kauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15137Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15139Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15373Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15375Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0European NoGi73KGF2018
15385UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15387Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15392UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15393Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15395Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15405Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
16743Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17423Kauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17424Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17925Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
17930Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
17932Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
17988Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
17991James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18130Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18377Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18382Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19009Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19011Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019

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