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Eldar Rafigaev, commonly known as Yakuza, is an Eastern European grappler, from Moldova, and one of the prominent competitors of his generation. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Fernando Araújo, Yakuza gained notoriety while competing in the sport’s international gi and nogi circuits – with a particular incidence in Europe, being praised for his submission oriented style, particularly successful with lower limb submissions.

Eldar Rafigaev Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Eldar Rafigaev

Nickname: Eldar is widely recognized as ‘Yakuza’, to the point that it is used by Rafigaev as his social media handle. The nickname was given by his boxing training partners, a combat style he practiced prior to discovering BJJ. The reason for that label being his love for Japanese design tattoos, which he has covering his body to a large extent. This was a style popularized by the Yakuza, the well-known members of Japan’s crime syndicates, from which his nickname derives.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Francisco Albuquerque > Fernando Araújo > Eldar Rafigaev

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ADCC European Trials (2018)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ European Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018 Master)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Masters European Open (2018** / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Spanish Nationals (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF German Nationals (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF German Nationals NoGi (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Poznan Open (2019**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rome Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Paris Fall Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Paris Spring Open (2019*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Paris Fall Open NoGi (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Netherlands Nat. Pro (2018)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ European Championship (2018*)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2019 Master)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2018* Master)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2017** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Masters European Open (2017** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2014 purple, 2016 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Toe Hold / Kneebar

Weight Division: Super Pesado (100,50 kg / 222.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Jungle BJJ

Eldar Rafigaev Biography

Eldar Rafigaev was born on April 14, 1987, in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova in Eastern Europe.

Rafigave’s interest in martial arts started during his adulthood while living in the Czech Republic. A time when he joined a boxing club, aged 23. One year later, in 2011, Yakuza finally came across jiu-jitsu, a sport that was just emerging in Eastern Europe at the time. Eldar first started in a smaller Czech gym, whose name was lost with time.

As a blue belt, Eldar arrived at the biggest grappling gym in the Czech Republic, Jungle BJJ. An academy run by Fernando Araújo, one of the country’s grappling pioneers. It was at Jungle BJJ that Yakuza truly started developing as a competitor, a side of grappling he felt compelled to do. His competitive drive helped him accelerate through the belt system at a faster pace than most, earning his black belt with 6 years of training, midway through 2017, after conquering a brown belt world title with the UAEJJF.

Eldar Rafigaev Grappling Record

103 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    78 (76%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

78 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Footlock
56
44
#86e620
Submission
10
8
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
9
7
#d1212a
RNC
5
4
#fad11b
Triangle
5
4
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
4
3
#224aba
Toe hold
3
2
#ff9124
Armbar
3
2
#bf1f6c
Short choke
1
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke
1
1
#fad223
Choke from back
1
1
#03861f
Kimura
1
1
78
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
32 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (72%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
33
2
#86e620
Bow and arrow
17
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
17
1
#d1212a
Footlock
17
1
#fad11b
Shoulder pressure
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Eldar Rafigaev Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14564Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15470Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15575Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15918Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15926Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15937Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
16187Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
16193Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16404Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16803Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
17126Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17971Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
18034Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18222R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18223R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
19014Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
19153R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19532Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
20153R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20848Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21831Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
22011Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
22012Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
22632Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 4x0Madrid OpenABSSF2019
23350Mauricio LimaLPts: 3x0France Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23352Mauricio LimaLSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro120KGF2020
23470I. UmarovLPointsUWW EU Open100KGF2020
35447Euclides CastroLPts: 3x2NoGi GP Rome120KGSF2022
42382John HansenLPts: 7x2UWW World130KG4F2023
42404Danielius GrebliunasLPts: 5x3UWW World NG92KG8F2023
44897Anton MikenkoLPts: 2x0World Pro120KGR12023
44912Yatan BuenoYatan BuenoLPts: 3x0World Pro120KGRPC2023
14083Martin GobelWKimuraSwedish Nats100KGSF2017
14084Patryk WysockiWPointsSwedish Nats100KGF2017
14097Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NNGO97KGRR2017
14098Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NNGO97KGF2017
14561Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14563Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14565Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14566Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14567Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14570Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14571Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14572Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14573Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14809Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14811Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
14812Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
14813B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGF2018
15220Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15221Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15222Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15228Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15232Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15237Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15238Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15243Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15244Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15463Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15468Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15469Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15568M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15569Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15570Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15571Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15573Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15673Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15674Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15697Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15913Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15916Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15922Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15924Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15934Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15936Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16401Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16402Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16806Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16807Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16808Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
17124B. MatiasB. MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
17141Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
17143Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17797Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17798Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17799Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17800I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17892Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17895Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17970Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
18032Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
18035Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
18036Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
18037Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
18227Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
18229Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
18230Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18410P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18567Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18568Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
19017Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
19151Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
19154Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19531Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19536Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19539J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19540David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19541Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19542Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19860Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19861Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19950Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19951Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
20027Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
20028Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
20150Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20496Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20497David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20849Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21541Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21547Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
22009Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
22434Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019
22630Raphael SouzaWPointsMadrid OpenO100KGF2019
22646Samuel KhanWSubmissionParis OpenABS4F2019
22648Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWReferee DecisionParis OpenABSSF2019
23351Walter SantosWReferee DecisionFrance Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23468A. BritschWFootlockUWW EU Open100KG4F2020
23469J. CzubackWFootlockUWW EU Open100KGSF2020
23473Marek BujloWSubmissionMunich Open100KGSF2020
23474Jan ZanderWSubmissionMunich Open100KGF2020
35448Wesley LopesWPts: 6x1NoGi GP Rome120KGF2022
42385Ivan SnihurWTriangleUWW World130KG3RD2023
44906Alfonso FigueredoWPts: 27x0World Pro120KGRPC2023
44909Dmitrii VostrikovWSubmissionWorld Pro120KGRPC2023

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