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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
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
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
Shoulder pressure
17
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
17
1
#d1212a
Submission
17
1
#fad11b
Footlock
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Eldar Rafigaev Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14491Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15379Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15484Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15827Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15835Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15846Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
16095Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
16101Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16311Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16701Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
17016Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17839Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17899Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18076R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18077R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18845Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
18970R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19335Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
19945R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20628Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21565Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
21743Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
21744Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
22309Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 4x0Madrid OpenABSSF2019
22969Mauricio LimaLPts: 3x0France Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
22971Mauricio LimaLSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro120KGF2020
23067I. UmarovLPointsUWW EU Open100KGF2020
14015Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
14016Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
14028Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
14029Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14488Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14490Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14492Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14493Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14494Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14497Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14498Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14499Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14500Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14730Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14732Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
14733Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
14734B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGF2018
15129Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15130Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15131Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15137Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15141Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15146Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15147Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15152Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15153Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15372Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15377Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15378Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15477M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15478Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15479Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15480Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15482Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15582Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15583Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15606Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15822Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15825Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15831Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15833Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15843Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15845Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16308Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16309Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16704Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16705Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16706Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
17014Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
17031Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
17033Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17671Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17672Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17673Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17674I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17765Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17768Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17838Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17897Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17900Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17901Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17902Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
18081Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
18083Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
18084Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18260P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18413Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18414Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18848Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
18968Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
18971Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19334Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19339Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19342J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19343David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19344Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19345Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19654Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19655Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19741Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19742Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19818Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19819Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19942Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20283Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20284David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20629Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21289Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21295Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
21741Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
22122Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019
22307Raphael SouzaWPointsMadrid OpenO100KGF2019
22323Samuel KhanWSubmissionParis OpenABS4F2019
22325Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWReferee DecisionParis OpenABSSF2019
22970Walter SantosWReferee DecisionFrance Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23065A. BritschWFootlockUWW EU Open100KG4F2020
23066J. CzubackWFootlockUWW EU Open100KGSF2020
23070Marek BujloWSubmissionMunich Open100KGSF2020
23071Jan ZanderWSubmissionMunich Open100KGF2020

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