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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

99 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    76 (77%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

76 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Footlock
58
44
#86e620
Submission
9
7
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
9
7
#d1212a
RNC
5
4
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
4
3
#f58822
Triangle
4
3
#224aba
Armbar
3
2
#ff9124
Toe hold
3
2
#bf1f6c
Kimura
1
1
#22c9a5
Short choke
1
1
#fad223
Cross choke
1
1
#03861f
Choke from back
1
1
76
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Eldar Rafigaev Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14478Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15367Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15472Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15815Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15823Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15834Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
16083Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
16089Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16296Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16681Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
16995Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17812Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17872Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18047R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18048R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18816Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
18941R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19302Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
19909R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20592Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21516Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
21691Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
21692Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
22242Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 4x0Madrid OpenABSSF2019
22893Mauricio LimaLPts: 3x0France Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
22895Mauricio LimaLSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro120KGF2020
22987I. UmarovLPointsUWW EU Open100KGF2020
14004Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
14005Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
14017Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
14018Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14475Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14477Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14479Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14480Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14481Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14484Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14485Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14486Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14487Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14717Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14719Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
14720Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
14721B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGF2018
15116Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15117Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15118Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15124Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15128Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15133Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15134Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15139Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15140Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15360Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15365Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15366Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15465M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15466Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15467Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15468Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15470Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15570Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15571Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15594Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15810Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15813Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15819Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15821Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15831Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15833Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16293Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16294Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16684Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16685Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16686Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
16993Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
17010Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
17012Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17646Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17647Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17648Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17649I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17738Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17741Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17811Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17870Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17873Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17874Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17875Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
18052Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
18054Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
18055Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18231P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18384Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18385Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18819Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
18939Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
18942Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19301Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19305Thiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19307J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19308David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19309Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19310Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19618Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19619Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19705Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19706Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19782Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19783Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19906Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20247Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20248David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20593Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21249Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21255Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
21689Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
22057Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019
22240Raphael SouzaWPointsMadrid OpenO100KGF2019
22256Samuel KhanWSubmissionParis OpenABS4F2019
22258Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWReferee DecisionParis OpenABSSF2019
22894Walter SantosWReferee DecisionFrance Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
22985A. BritschWFootlockUWW EU Open100KG4F2020
22986J. CzubackWFootlockUWW EU Open100KGSF2020
22990Marek BujloWSubmissionMunich Open100KGSF2020
22991Jan ZanderWSubmissionMunich Open100KGF2020

Eldar Rafigaev vs Mathias Ribeiro

Eldar Rafigaev vs Thiago Abud

Eldar Rafigaev vs Dimitrii Vostikov

 

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