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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

89 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (17%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    69 (78%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

69 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Footlock
59
41
#86e620
Kneebar
10
7
#5AD3D1
RNC
6
4
#d1212a
Submission
6
4
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
4
3
#f58822
Triangle
4
3
#224aba
Toe hold
3
2
#ff9124
Short choke
1
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
1
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
1
1
#fad223
Armbar
1
1
#03861f
Kimura
1
1
69
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Shoulder pressure
25
1
#86e620
RNC
25
1
#5AD3D1
Bow and arrow
25
1
#d1212a
Footlock
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Eldar Rafigaev Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14394Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15250Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15355Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15693Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15701Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15712Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
15954Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
15960Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16166Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16547Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
16858Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17652Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17712Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
17887R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
17888R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18619Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
18736R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19091Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
19681R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20351Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
13934Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
13935Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
13947Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
13948Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14391Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14393Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14395Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14396Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14397Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14400Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14401Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14402Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14403Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14617Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF World C.94KGR12018
14619Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF World C.94KG4F2018
14620Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF World C.94KGSF2018
14621B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF World C.94KGF2018
15008Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15009Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15010Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15016Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15020Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15025Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15026Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15031Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15032Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15245Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15248Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15249Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15348M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15349Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15350Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15351Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15353Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15451Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15452Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15475Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15688Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15691Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15697Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15699Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15709Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15711Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16163Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16164Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16550Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16551Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16552Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
16856Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
16873Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
16875Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17493Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17494Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17495Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17496I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17579Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17582Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17651Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17710Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17713Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17714Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17715Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
17891Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
17893Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
17894Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18064P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18210Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18211Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18622Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
18734Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
18737Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19090Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19094Thiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19096J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19097David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19098Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19099Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19394Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19395Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19481Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19482Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19558Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19559Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19678Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20010Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20011David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20352Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
20968Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
20972Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019

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