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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

69 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    31 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    30 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

30 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
37
11
#86e620
RNC
17
5
#5AD3D1
Triangle
13
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
7
2
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
7
2
#f58822
Wristlock
3
1
#224aba
Cross Choke
3
1
#ff9124
Kimura
3
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
3
1
#22c9a5
Choke
3
1
#fad223
Armbar
3
1
30
(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
Armlock
33
1
#86e620
Estima lock
33
1
#5AD3D1
Short choke
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6225Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6226Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFive NAICABSNA2014
7394Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
8063AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
8082Marcelo MafraMarcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open79KGF2015
8550Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8553Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
9207Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9915Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
11192Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
11909Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
12052Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12694Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12965Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
13622Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGSF2017
14513Felipe CesarFelipe CesarLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14722Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnLPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open82KG4F2018
15776Servio TulioServio TulioLPts: 4x2Marianas Open81KG4F2018
16238Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR22018
16831Wellington ModenaLPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2018
17517Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvLA BJJ Pro82KGF2018
18099Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPointsDenver OpenABSF2018
18260Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18517Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLArmlockEuropean Open82KGSF2019
19160Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x4Pan American82KGSF2019
20128Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KG4F2019
6187Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6188Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6189UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7278M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7387Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7508Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7963Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7964Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
7972Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7973Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
8062Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
8081AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open79KGSF2015
8290Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8293UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8295Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8296Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8499Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8549Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8551Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8867Ross NichollsRoss NichollsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8872Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8875Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9199Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9897Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9908Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11301Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWCross ChokeFIVE CaliforniaABSSF2017
12031Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
12046Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
12050Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017
13438Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Seattle Open82KGF2017
13616Gabriel ProcopioWPts: 7x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13619Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
14504Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14509Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 4x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
14717Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 4x0European Open82KGR12018
15066Nick GreeneWPts: 14x0San Francisco Open82KG4F2018
15070Luis LimaLuis LimaWChoke from backSan Francisco Open82KGSF2018
15071Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWPts: 6x4San Francisco Open82KGF2018
15176Kauan BarbozaWPts: 4x2Pan American76KG8F2018
15181Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWChoke from backPan American76KG4F2018
15183Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWReferee DecisionPan American76KGSF2018
15426Vibhudatta RoutWRNCEuropean NoGi73KGRR2018
15428Tommi PulkkanenWPts: 0x0European NoGi73KGF2018
15442UnknownWRNCEuropean NoGiABS4F2018
15444Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGiABSSF2018
15449UnknownWChoke from backRome Open76KG4F2018
15450Gerson CarvalhoWChoke from backRome Open76KGSF2018
15452Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 10x8Rome Open76KGF2018
15465Joachim SveinsonWChoke from backRome OpenABSSF2018
16826Nicholas GreenWChoke from backSeattle Open88KGF2018
17514Kauan BarbozaWChoke from backLA BJJ Pro82KG4F2018
17515Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0LA BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
18028Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWSubmissionNY Fall Open82KGSF2018
18033Athos MirandaWN/ANY Fall OpenABSSF2018
18035Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWN/ANY Fall OpenABSF2018
18094Jeffrey AkeWN/ADenver Open94KGF2018
18097James PuopoloJames PuopoloWTriangleDenver OpenABSSF2018
18238Sotaro YamadaWRNCNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18510Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWTriangleEuropean Open82KGR12019
18515Max LindbladMax LindbladWN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
19155Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2019
19157Chad HardyChad HardyWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
19694Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11085KGSPF2019
19946Hunter EwaldHunter EwaldWChokeSan Diego Open82KGSF2019
19948Daniel SpeirnWArmbarSan Diego Open82KGF2019
19996Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver Open82KGSF2019
19997John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 9x2Denver Open82KGF2019
20002Nicholas NormanWN/ADenver OpenABS4F2019
20004Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsDenver OpenABSSF2019
20114Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12019
20119Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerWPts: 4x2World Champ.82KGR22019

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