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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 European Open Champion (2016)
  • 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)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2017)

* 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

26 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
23
3
#86e620
Bow and arrow
15
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
15
2
#d1212a
Kneebar
15
2
#fad11b
Triangle
15
2
#f58822
Wristlock
8
1
#224aba
Kimura
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (43%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

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Estima lock
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Michael Liera Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6060Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLPts: 6x0Five NAIC82KGF2014
6061Marcel GoncalvesMarcel GoncalvesLReferee DecisionFive NAICABSNA2014
7186Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2015
7832AJ SousaAJ SousaLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas Open82KGSF2015
7848Marcelo MafraLPts: 2x2, AdvDallas NoGi Open82KGF2015
8298Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. Pro94KGF2015
8301Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 7x0Houston Nat. ProABSF2015
8927Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9627Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
10846Sean RobertsLReferee Decision5 Super League77KG4F2016
11475Peter FrankLReferee DecisionFIVE SL82KGSPF2017
11617Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPts: 18x0Pan American76KGSF2017
12233Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLEstima lockMarianas82KG4F2017
12484Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieLPointsWorld Champ.76KGR12017
6029Ilke BulutIlke BulutWPointsRickson Cup76KGF2014
6030Kleber KoikeWPointsRickson CupABSR12014
6031UnknownWBow and arrowRickson CupABS4F2014
7072M. NeidlingerD---Metamoris 6ABSSPF2015
7179Rafael RosendoWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2015
7294Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoD---Sub Series ProABSSPF2015
7736Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWPts: 10x4Atlanta W. Open82KGSF2015
7737Pedro PalharesWPts: 17x2Atlanta W. Open82KGF2015
7745Seth SnowWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGSF2015
7746Frederico MoncaioWRNCAtlanta No Gi82KGF2015
7831Philip MillerWN/ADallas Open82KG4F2015
7847AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsDallas NoGi Open82KGSF2015
8043Joshua GuzmanWN/ASeattle Open82KGSF2015
8046UnknownWKneebarSeattle OpenABS4F2015
8048Kim TerraKim TerraWPointsSeattle OpenABSSF2015
8049Fernando MoyaWChoke from backSeattle OpenABSF2015
8247Don StonerWBow and arrowSubConABSSPF2015
8297Tyler BishopWChoke from backHouston Nat. Pro94KGSF2015
8299Carlos FariasCarlos FariasWPts: 0x0, AdvHouston Nat. ProABSRR2015
8600Ross NicholsWKneebarEuropean Open76KGR12016
8605Victor GenovesiVictor GenovesiWTriangleEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8608Sam GibsonWChoke from backEuropean Open76KGSF2016
8919Jeffrey CummingsWPts: 5x0Pan American76KG8F2016
9609Ilke BulutIlke BulutWWristlockWorld Champ.76KGR12016
9620Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
11596Marcus WilsonWKimuraPan American76KGR22017
11611Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG8F2017
11615Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWTrianglePan American76KG4F2017

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)

 

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