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Michael Liera Jr. - Owner of Lōgōs Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Michael Liera Jr. - Owner of Lōgōs Jiu-Jitsu Academy

1. Michael Liera Jr.’s Details

Michael Liera Jr.’s Details
Name Michael Remiglio Liera Jr.
Nickname N/A
Born Littleton, Colorado
Date of Birth 9/29/1993
Weight 76 kg (168 lbs)
Weight Division Peso Leve (Lightweight)
Last Weigh-In 76 kg
Height N/A
Fighting Style BJJ
Disclosed Career Earnings N/A
College N/A
Rank 2nd-Degree BJJ Black Belt
Head Coach André Galvão
Last Fight ADCC Denver
Favorite Technique Guard
Lineage Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão > Michael Liera
Team Association Atos Jiu-Jitsu / Lōgōs Jiu-Jitsu Academy
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2. Michael Liera Jr.’s Biography

Michael Liera Jr. was born in Littleton, Colorado on September 29, 1993. Liera Jr. became a top lightweight competitor under André Galvão. He became famous during his time in the colored belt divisions and continued his winning streak during his black belt career. Liera Jr. won multiple major BJJ championships including the IBJJF World, Pan, American Nationals European Open, and UAEJJF Grand Slam. He is currently running his own jiu-jitsu academy called Lōgōs Jiu-Jitsu Academy.    

2.1. Introduction to Martial Arts

In 2006, the Liera family was introduced to jiu-jitsu when they watched a UFC 60 fight between Matt Hughes and Royce Gracie at their friends’ house. Watching a UFC fight for the first time piqued the interest of the Liera family. The same friends whose house they watched the UFC 60 fight introduced the Liera family to a BJJ gym nearby. Micahel Liera Jr. and his father joined the BJJ gym along with their friends.   

2.2. Academies Visited by Liera Jr. and His Father

Liera Jr. and his father both started their jiu-jitsu training under Odie Neto. Later, they both moved to Pitball Jiu-Jitsu to train under João Cunha. Cunha awarded Liera Jr. his yellow and orange belts. Later on, both of them joined Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Gym and trained under Saulo Ribeiro and Alexandre Ribeiro. The Ribeiro brothers also awarded Liera Jr. with his blue and purple belts. At Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu, Liera Jr. also served as an assistant coach.    

2.3. Joined Atos Jiu-Jitsu

After receiving his purple belt, Liera Jr. moved again to Atos Jiu-Jitsu and started training under Galvão. Later, he would serve as an assistant instructor at the Atos Jiu-Jitsu headquarters in San Diego.

2.4. Brown Belt Promotion 

After winning at the World Gi and No-Gi, IBJJF Pan, and American National Championships as a purple belt, Liera Jr. was promoted to a brown belt by Galvão in 2013. 

2.5. Black Belt Promotion

In the brown belt division, Liera Jr. again showcased his skills in IBJJF Championships and was promoted to black belt by Galvão in 2014.

2.6. Four-Time IBJJF World Champion

Liera Jr. is a three-time IBJJF World Gi Champion in the blue, purple, and brown belt divisions and a one-time IBJJF World No-Gi Champion in the purple belt division. He also won a bronze medal in the black belt division of the 2017 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship.    

2.7. Six-Time IBJJF Pan Champion

Liera Jr. has won six gold medals in all the IBJJF Pan Championship belt divisions. He is the IBJJF Pan Champion in the blue, purple-brown, and black belt divisions. As a purple belt, Liera Jr. won in both his weight and the absolute divisions of the 2013 IBJJF Pan Championship.

Six-Time IBJJF Pan Champion

2.8. Seven-Time American National Champion

Liera Jr. won the IBJJF American Nationals in both his weight and the absolute divisions for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014. In 2013, he also won the IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals in his weight division only. 

2.9. Opened His Own Academy

In 2020, Liera Jr. moved back to Colorado and opened his own BJJ academy called Lōgōs Jiu-Jitsu Academy. At his academy, Liera Jr. teaches Gi and No-Gi BJJ on alternating days throughout the week.   

Opened His Own Academy

2.10. High Submission Rate

Liera Jr. is famous for his guard game. He has a high submission rate and has won 45 matches out of 102 via submission. On the other hand, Liera Jr. has only lost four matches by submission. Most of his opponents were submitted via a choke from the back.      

2.11. Second-Degree Black Belt Promotion

Liera Jr. was promoted to second-degree black belt by Galvão in 2021. When he broke the news to his fans on Instagram, he said,

Second-Degree Black Belt Promotion

“I dedicated my 4-6th years as a black belt to Atos Jiu Jitsu and Prof. Andre, Lōgōs Jiu Jitsu and Prof. Yj Lee, and my family and friends who’ve always supported me. It feels good to have that stripe on my belt to represent those dues. It was so special to have everything under one roof. My Professor of 10 years, 60 members of our Lōgōs community, and my guy YJ receiving his respects as a 1st Degree black belt. What felt the most surreal was uke’ing for Professor on our mats, it felt like I was on another level of being home. After we all stayed up until 3 am talking and listening to Professor, I’m still processing it all. All I know is my mind, my body, and my spirit are all stimulated with new ideas. I look forward to the good work ahead. My love for Jiu Jitsu continues..."

2.12. Elizabeth Liera - Sister of Micahel Liera Jr.

Michael Liera Jr.’s sister, Elizabeth Liera, is also a BJJ competitor who won the 2021 IBJJF Pan Championship and was the runner-up in the 2021 IBJJF World and 2022 IBJJF Pan Championships. Elizabeth has recently been promoted to a black belt at the Atos Jiu-Jitsu headquarters by André Galvão and Angelica Galvão.

Elizabeth Liera - Sister of Micahel Liera Jr.

3. Michael Liera Jr.’s Historic Fights

3.1. Michael Liera Vs. Sergio Soares

Liera Jr. faced Sergio Soares in the 2022 Chicago Summer Open finals. Both fighters started the fight in sitting positions. Then, Liera Jr. succeeded in taking Soares down to the ground. He tried but failed to maintain control over Soares. Soares took the opportunity to try and apply a triangle but also failed to subdue his opponent. During the next few minutes, Liera Jr. tried to get Soares on the ground, while Soares did his best to try and counter. Liera Jr. then managed to mount Soares completely and scored three points. He then succeeded in taking Soares by his back and submitted him via a collar choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Chicago Summer Open Sergio Soares Win Collar Choke Final Lightweight

3.2. Michael Liera Jr. Vs. Ricky Semiglia

Liera Jr. faced Ricky Semiglia in the eliminator round of the 2020 IBJJF Pan Championship. Semiglia took Liera Jr. down and tried to dominate him, while Liera Jr. tried to counter by applying a full guard. Liera Jr. tried his best to overcome Semiglia while stuck in the bottom position. Likewise, Semiglia tried to escape from Liera Jr.’s full guard, but the latter refused to lose his grip around the former’s groin.

Liera Jr. tried to transition from a full guard into a triangle choke but was forced to settle for an armbar that failed to submit Semiglia. However, when Semiglia tried to escape, he exposed his back to Liera Jr. Seizing the opportunity, Liera Jr. took Semiglia by his back and attempted a collar choke. Due to Semiglia’s strong core and attempts to escape, it took Liera Jr. almost three minutes submit his opponent via a collar choke.     

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship Ricky Semiglia Win Collar Choke Eliminator Lightweight

3.3. Michael Liera Jr Vs. James Puopolo

Liera Jr. faced James Puopolo in the 2018 Denver Fall semifinals. Liera Jr. started the match by trying to grasp Puopolo’s lapels and pull him onto the mat. As they struggled, Liera Jr.’s foot found itself in Puopolo’s hand and Puopolo’s foot became trapped in Liera Jr.’s grip. Puopolo responded by standing up and trying to dominate Liera Jr. on the ground.

However, Liera Jr. grabbed ahold of Puopolo’s gi, threw him on the ground, and tried to take him from behind. But Puopolo once again managed to escape and took the top position. Liera Jr. once again found himself trying to escape from underneath Puopolo. Luckily, he managed to maneuver in position to apply a triangle choke. Taken by surprise, Puopolo was unable to escape and was submitted by Liera Jr. via a triangle choke.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2018 Denver Fall Open James Puopolo Win Triangle Semifinal Absolute Weight

4. Michael Liera Jr.’s Main Achievements

4.1. Michael Liera Jr.’s Main Achievements in International Tournaments 

Year Event Belt Weight Division
2011 IBJJF World Championship Blue Belt Lightweight
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Blue Belt Lightweight
2012 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Purple Belt Lightweight
2012 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt Lightweight
2012 IBJJF American Nationals Purple Belt Lightweight
2012 IBJJF American Nationals Purple Belt Absolute
2013 IBJJF World Championship Purple Belt Lightweight
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt Lightweight
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt Absolute
2013 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt Lightweight
2013 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt Absolute
2013 IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals Brown Belt Lightweight
2014 IBJJF World Championship Brown Belt Lightweight
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown Belt Lightweight
2014 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt Lightweight
2016 IBJJF European Open Black Belt Lightweight
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt Lightweight
2020 UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA Black Belt Lightweight
2023 ADCC Denver Black Belt 76 KG

4.2. Michael Liera Jr.’s Achievements as Black Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2016 IBJJF European Open Black Belt 1st
2017 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 3rd
2017 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Black Belt 3rd
2018 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 1st
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 3rd
2019 IBJJF European Open Black Belt 3rd
2020 UAEJJF Grand Slam, MIA Black Belt 1st
2020 IBJJF Pan Championship Black Belt 2nd
2023 ADCC Denver Black Belt 1st

4.3. Michael Liera Jr.’s Achievements as Colored Belt

Year Event Belt Position
2011 IBJJF World Championship Blue Belt 1st
2011 IBJJF Pan Championship Blue Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Purple Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF American Nationals Purple Belt 1st
2012 IBJJF American Nationals Purple Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF World Championship Purple Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt 1st
2013 IBJJF American No-Gi Nationals Brown Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF World Championship Brown Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF Pan Championship Brown Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt 1st
2014 IBJJF American Nationals Brown Belt 1st

5. Michael Liera Jr.’s Professional Record

5.1. Michael Liera Jr.’s Professional Record Breakdown

145 Matches 105 Wins 38 Losses 2 Draw
By Points 43 19 0
By Advantages 8 10 0
By Submission 48 4 0
By Decision 6 5 0
By Penalties 0 0 0
By DQ 0 0 0
Draw 0 0 2

5.2. Method of Submission

Method 45 Wins 4 Losses
Choke from Back 16 0
Triangle 6 0
Armbar 3 0
Wristlock 1 0
Kimura 1 0
Choke 1 0
Toe Hold 1 0
RNC 9 0
Bow and Arrow 4 0
Kneebar 2 0
Cross Choke 1 0
Submission 2 0
Mounted X Choke 1 0
Estima Lock 0 2
Armlock 0 1
Short Choke 0 1

6. Michael Liera Jr.’s Fight History

Year Competition Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Stage
2014 Rickson Cup Ilke Bulut W Points 76KG F
2014 Rickson Cup Kleber Koike W Points ABS R1
2014 Rickson Cup Unknown W Bow and arrow ABS 4F
2014 FIVE NAIC Kevin Mahecha L Pts: 6x0 82KG F
2014 FIVE NAIC Marcel Goncalves L Referee Decision ABS NA
2015 Metamoris 6 M. Neidlinger D --- ABS SPF
2015 World Champ. Rafael Rosendo W Pts: 2x0 76KG 8F
2015 World Champ. Gabriel Rollo L Pts: 2x2, Adv 76KG 4F
2015 Sub Series Pro Marcos Tinoco D --- ABS SPF
2015 Atlanta W. Open Alec Baulding W Pts: 10x4 82KG SF
2015 Atlanta W. Open Pedro Palhares W Pts: 17x2 82KG F
2015 Atlanta No-Gi Seth Snow W RNC 82KG SF
2015 Atlanta No-Gi Frederico Moncaio W RNC 82KG F
2015 Dallas Open Philip Miller W N/A 82KG 4F
2015 Dallas Open AJ Sousa L Pts: 2x2, Adv 82KG SF
2015 Dallas No-Gi Open AJ Sousa W Points 79KG SF
2015 Dallas No-Gi Open Marcelo Mafra L Pts: 2x2, Adv 79KG F
2015 Seattle Open Joshua Guzman W N/A 82KG SF
2015 Seattle Open Unknown W Kneebar ABS 4F
2015 Seattle Open Kim Terra W Points ABS SF
2015 Seattle Open Fernando Moya W Choke from back ABS F
2015 SubCon Don Stoner W Bow and arrow ABS SPF
2015 Houston Nat. Pro Tyler Bishop W Choke from back 94KG SF
2015 Houston Nat. Pro Rafael Lovato L Pts: 0x0, Adv 94KG F
2015 Houston Nat. Pro Carlos Farias W Pts: 0x0, Adv ABS RR
2015 Houston Nat. Pro Rafael Lovato L Pts: 7x0 ABS F
2016 European Open Ross Nicholls W Kneebar 76KG R1
2016 European Open Victor Genovesi W Triangle 76KG 4F
2016 European Open Sam Gibson W Choke from back 76KG SF
2016 Pan American Jeffrey Cummings W Pts: 5x0 76KG 8F
2016 Pan American Edwin Najmi L Pts: 4x4, Adv 76KG 4F
2016 World Champ. Ilke Bulut W Wristlock 76KG R1
2016 World Champ. Juan Kamezawa W Adv 76KG R2
2016 World Champ. Edwin Najmi L Pts: 0x0, Adv 76KG 4F
2016 5 Super League Sean Roberts L Referee Decision 77KG 4F
2017 FIVE California Alexis Alduncin W Cross Choke ABS SF
2017 FIVE SL Peter Frank L Referee Decision 82KG SPF
2017 Pan American Marcus Wilson W Kimura 76KG R2
2017 Pan American Johnny Tama W Pts: 4x4, Adv 76KG 8F
2017 Pan American Francisco Iturralde W Triangle 76KG 4F
2017 Pan American Lucas Lepri L Pts: 18x0 76KG SF
2017 Marianas Johnny Tama L Estima lock 82KG 4F
2017 World Champ. Jake Mackenzie L Points 76KG R1
2017 Seattle Open Igor Paiva W Pts: 2x0 82KG F
2017 San Diego Pro Gabriel Procopio W Pts: 7x2 82KG R1
2017 San Diego Pro Manuel Ribamar W Pts: 5x0 82KG 4F
2017 San Diego Pro Jaime Canuto L Pts: 4x2 82KG SF
2017 No-Gi Worlds Manuel Ribamar W Pts: 0x0, Adv 79KG R2
2017 No-Gi Worlds Jonathan Satava W Pts: 4x0 79KG 4F
2017 No-Gi Worlds Felipe Cesar L Pts: 2x2, Adv 79KG SF
2018 European Open Sergio Rios W Pts: 4x0 82KG R1
2018 European Open Nathan Mendelsohn L Pts: 2x2, Adv 82KG 4F
2018 San Francisco Open Nick Greene W Pts: 14x0 82KG 4F
2018 San Francisco Open Luis Lima W Choke from back 82KG SF
2018 San Francisco Open Breno Bittencourt W Pts: 6x4 82KG F
2018 Pan American Kauan Barboza W Pts: 4x2 76KG 8F
2018 Pan American Francisco Iturralde W Choke from back 76KG 4F
2018 Pan American Vitor Oliveira W Referee Decision 76KG SF
2018 European No-Gi Vibhudatta Rout W RNC 73KG RR
2018 European No-Gi Tommi Pulkkanen W Pts: 0x0, Adv 73KG F
2018 European No-Gi Unknown W RNC ABS 4F
2018 European No-Gi Thiago Sa W Pts: 0x0, Adv ABS SF
2018 Rome Open Unknown W Choke from back 76KG 4F
2018 Rome Open Gerson Carvalho W Choke from back 76KG SF
2018 Rome Open Rodrigo Conceicao W Pts: 10x8 76KG F
2018 Rome Open Joachim Sveinson W Choke from back ABS SF
2018 Marianas Open Servio Tulio L Pts: 4x2 81KG 4F
2018 World Champ. Espen Mathiesen L Referee Decision 76KG R2
2018 Seattle Open Nicholas Green W Choke from back 88KG F
2018 Seattle Open Wellington Modena L Points ABS SF
2018 LA BJJ Pro Kauan Barboza W Choke from back 82KG 4F
2018 LA BJJ Pro Marcio Andre W Pts: 2x0 82KG SF
2018 LA BJJ Pro Otavio Sousa L Pts: 0x0, Adv 82KG F
2018 NY Fall Open Felipe Cesar W Submission 82KG SF
2018 NY Fall Open Athos Miranda W N/A ABS SF
2018 NY Fall Open Felipe Cesar W N/A ABS F
2018 Denver Open Jeffrey Ake W N/A 94KG F
2018 Denver Open James Puopolo W Triangle ABS SF
2018 Denver Open Marcio Andre L Points ABS F
2018 No-Gi Worlds Sotaro Yamada W RNC 79KG R1
2018 No-Gi Worlds Manuel Ribamar L Short choke 79KG 4F
2019 European Open Alexandre Cavaliere W Triangle 82KG R1
2019 European Open Max Lindblad W N/A 82KG 4F
2019 European Open Tommy Langaker L Armlock 82KG SF
2019 Pan American Victor Silverio W Pts: 2x0 82KG 8F
2019 Pan American Chad Hardy W Choke from back 82KG 4F
2019 Pan American Isaque Bahiense L Pts: 6x4 82KG SF
2019 F2W 110 Jaime Canuto W Referee Decision 85KG SPF
2019 San Diego Open Hunter Ewald W Choke 82KG SF
2019 San Diego Open Daniel Speirn W Armbar 82KG F
2019 Denver Open Nicholas Norman W N/A 82KG SF
2019 Denver Open John Combs W Pts: 9x2 82KG F
2019 Denver Open Nicholas Norman W N/A ABS 4F
2019 Denver Open Tyrone Goncalves W Points ABS SF
2019 World Champ. Igor Paiva W Pts: 2x0 82KG R1
2019 World Champ. Tommy Langaker W Pts: 4x2 82KG R2
2019 World Champ. Marcos Tinoco L Pts: 5x0 82KG 4F
2019 F2W 115 Hugo Marques W Referee Decision 83KG SPF
2019 American Nats Nathan Barreto W Armbar 88KG 4F
2019 American Nats Mateo Tanzana W Choke from back 88KG SF
2019 F2W 130 Phil Lietz W Bow and arrow 82KG SPF
2019 F2W 132 Jake Watson W Bow and arrow 84KG SPF
2020 F2W 136 Piter Frank W RNC 83KG SPF
2020 F2W 137 Marcio Andre W Referee Decision 77KG SPF
2020 F2W 152 Edwin Najmi L Referee Decision 77KG SPF
2020 Grand Slam MIA Mathias Luna W Pts: 9x1 77KG R1
2020 Grand Slam MIA Marcio Andre W Referee Decision 77KG 4F
2020 Grand Slam MIA Johnny Tama W Pts: 1x0 77KG SF
2020 Grand Slam MIA Johnatha Alves W Pts: 1x0 77KG F
2020 Pan American Ricky Semiglia W Choke from back 76KG 8F
2020 Pan American Marcio André W Pts: 6x6, Adv 76KG 4F
2020 Pan American Renato Canuto W Pts: 2x0 76KG SF
2020 Pan American Johnatha Alves L Pts: 4x2 76KG F
2021 Dallas Open Tainan Dalpra L Pts: 5x2 82KG SF
2021 Dallas Open Orlando Castillo W Mounted X choke ABS 4F
2021 Dallas Open Johnatha Alves L Pts: 8x6 ABS SF
2021 Orlando Open Giovanni Marcelo W Toe hold 76KG 4F
2021 Orlando Open Dylan Whyte W Triangle 76KG SF
2021 Orlando Open Johnatha Alves L Pts: 4x2 76KG F
2021 Orlando Open Giancarlo Bodoni W Pts: 2x0 ABS R1
2021 Orlando Open Thiago Cintra W Choke from back ABS 4F
2021 Orlando Open Matheus Luna W Pts: 4x2 ABS SF
2021 Orlando Open Renato Canuto L Pts: 4x0 ABS F
2021 Orlando NGO JZ Cavalcante L Pts: 0x0, Adv 79KG SF
2021 EUG 2 Johnatha Alves L Pts: 2x2 77KG 4F
2021 F2W 183 Jackson Nagai W Referee Decision 77KG SPF
2021 World Champ. Johnny Tama W Choke from back 76KG 8F
2021 World Champ. Matheus Gabriel L Pts: 4x2 76KG 4F
2022 American Nat. Israel Sousa W Pts: 6x4 76KG 4F
2022 American Nat. Osvaldo Moizinho W Pts: 4x4, Adv 76KG SF
2022 American Nat. Pablo Lavaselli L Pts: 4x2 76KG F
2022 Chicago SMO Colon Santana W Pts: 8x2 76KG 4F
2022 Chicago SMO Charles Murdock W Triangle 76KG SF
2022 Chicago SMO Sergio Soares W Choke from back 76KG F
2023 Denver Open Celso Ricardo W Pts: 4x2 82KG 4F
2023 Denver Open Jackson Nagai W Pts: 4x2 82KG SF
2023 Denver Open Marcelo Fausto L Estima lock 82KG F
2023 ADCC Denver Austin Jones W Armbar 76KG R1
2023 ADCC Denver Anthony Friese W Pts: 5x0 76KG 4F
2023 ADCC Denver Derek Rayfield W Pts: 12x0 76KG SF
2023 ADCC Denver Tristan McDonald W RNC 76KG F
2023 ADCC Arizona Chad Herrera W RNC 76KG R1
2023 ADCC Arizona Oscar Santos W RNC 76KG 8F
2023 ADCC Arizona Steven Ramos W Submission 76KG 4F
2023 ADCC Arizona Elijah Dorsey L Pts: 7x0 76KG SF

7. Michael Liera Jr.’s Top Fight Links

Michael Liera Jr. x Pedro Henrique Palhares - Atlanta Summer Open 2015

Michael Liera Jr vs Daniel Speirn / San Diego Spring Open 2019

Michael Liera Jr. VS Renato Canuto / Pan Championship 2020

Michael Liera Jr vs Felipe Cesar Silva / New York Fall Open 2018

Photo Credit: @lierajr

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