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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.

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Michael Liera Grappling Record

96 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    39 (41%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    43 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

43 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
37
16
#86e620
RNC
14
6
#5AD3D1
Triangle
14
6
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
9
4
#fad11b
Armbar
5
2
#f58822
Kneebar
5
2
#224aba
Choke
2
1
#ff9124
Mounted X choke
2
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
2
1
#22c9a5
Wristlock
2
1
#fad223
Cross Choke
2
1
#03861f
Kimura
2
1
#039a1f
Submission
2
1
43
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (28%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (14%)
  • 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
6265Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0FIVE NAIC82KGF2014
6266Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFIVE NAICABSNA2014
7447Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8116AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8135Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8603Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8606Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9272Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9985Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11274Sean RobertsSean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
12033Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12176Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12830Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
13106Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13775Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14692Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14933Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
16011Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16487Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
17106Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17827Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18456Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18631Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18905Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19619Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20642Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KG4F2019
23940Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020
24157Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Pan American76KGF2020
25190Tainan DalpraTainan DalpraLPts: 5x2Dallas Open82KGSF2021
25202Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 8x6Dallas OpenABSSF2021
25404Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 4x2Orlando Open76KGF2021
25432Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 4x0Orlando OpenABSF2021
25448JZ CavalcanteLPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando NGO79KGSF2021
26585Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x2EUG 277KG4F2021
29491Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KG4F2021
33384Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLPts: 4x2American Nat.76KGF2022
6227Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6228Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6229UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7331M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7440Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7561Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
8016Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
8017Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
8025Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
8026Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8115Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8134AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8343Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8346UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8348Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8349Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8552Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8602Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8604Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8930Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8935Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8938Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9264Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9967Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9978Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11403Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12155Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12170Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12174Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13589Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13769Gabriel ProcopioGabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13772Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14683Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14688Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14928Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15287Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15291Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15292Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15397Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15402Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15404Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15658Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15660Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi73KGF2018
15674UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15676Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15681UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15682Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15684Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15697Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
17101Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17824Kauan BarbozaKauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17825Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18380Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18385Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18387Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
18451Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
18454James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18609Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18898Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18903Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19614Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19616Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
20181Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W 11085KGSPF2019
20440Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWChokeSan Diego Open82KGSF2019
20442Daniel SpeirnWArmbarSan Diego Open82KGF2019
20492Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver Open82KGSF2019
20493John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20498Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2019
20500Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDenver OpenABSSF2019
20628Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12019
20633Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22019
20841Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesWReferee DecisionF2W 11583KGSPF2019
20932Nathan BarretoWArmbarAmerican Nats88KG4F2019
20935Mateo TanzanaWChoke from backAmerican Nats88KGSF2019
22225Phil LietzWBow and arrowF2W 13082KGSPF2019
22683Jake WatsonJake WatsonWBow and arrowF2W 13284KGSPF2019
23412Piter FrankWRNCF2W 13683KGSPF2020
23696Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionF2W 13777KGSPF2020
24011Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 9x1Grand Slam MIA77KGR12020
24012Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionGrand Slam MIA77KG4F2020
24016Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2020
24018Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesWPts: 1x0Grand Slam MIA77KGF2020
24147Ricky SemigliaWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2020
24152Marcio AndréWPts: 6x6, AdvPan American76KG4F2020
24155Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 2x0Pan American76KGSF2020
25200Orlando CastilloWMounted X chokeDallas OpenABS4F2021
25401Giovanni MarceloWToe holdOrlando Open76KG4F2021
25403Dylan WhyteWTriangleOrlando Open76KGSF2021
25421Giancarlo BodoniGiancarlo BodoniWPts: 2x0Orlando OpenABSR12021
25428Thiago CintraWChoke from backOrlando OpenABS4F2021
25430Matheus LunaMatheus LunaWPts: 4x2Orlando OpenABSSF2021
27684Jackson NagaiJackson NagaiWReferee DecisionF2W 18377KGSPF2021
29484Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
33380Israel SousaIsrael SousaWPts: 6x4American Nat.76KG4F2022
33383Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nat.76KGSF2022
34501Colon SantanaWPts: 8x2Chicago SMO76KG4F2022
34503Charles MurdockWTriangleChicago SMO76KGSF2022
34505Sergio SoaresWChoke from backChicago SMO76KGF2022

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