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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

94 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    72 (77%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

72 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Footlock
58
42
#86e620
Kneebar
10
7
#5AD3D1
Submission
7
5
#d1212a
RNC
6
4
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
4
3
#f58822
Triangle
4
3
#224aba
Toe hold
3
2
#ff9124
Armbar
3
2
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
1
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
1
1
#fad223
Kimura
1
1
#03861f
Short choke
1
1
72
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    16 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
40
2
#86e620
Footlock
20
1
#5AD3D1
Shoulder pressure
20
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Eldar Rafigaev Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14452Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15329Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15434Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15772Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15780Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15791Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
16040Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
16046Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16254Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16640Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
16954Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17766Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17826Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18001R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18002R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18744Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
18869R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19227Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
19831R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20506Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21404Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
21575Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
21576Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
22084Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 4x0Madrid OpenABSSF2019
13978Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
13979Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
13991Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
13992Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14449Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14451Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14453Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14454Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14455Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14458Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14459Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14460Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14461Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14690Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14692Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
14693Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
14694B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGF2018
15082Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15083Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15084Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15090Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15094Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15099Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15100Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15105Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15106Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15324Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15327Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15328Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15427M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15428Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15429Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15430Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15432Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15530Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15531Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15554Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15767Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15770Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15776Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15778Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15788Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15790Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16251Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16252Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16643Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16644Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16645Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
16952Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
16969Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
16971Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17603Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17604Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17605Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17606I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17693Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17696Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17765Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17824Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17827Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17828Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17829Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
18005Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
18007Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
18008Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18184P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18330Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18331Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18747Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
18867Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
18870Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19226Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19230Thiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19232J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19233David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19234Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19235Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19540Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19541Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19627Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19628Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19704Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19705Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19828Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20163Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20164David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20507Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21140Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21146Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
21573Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
21907Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019
22082Raphael SouzaWPointsMadrid OpenO100KGF2019
22093Samuel KhanWSubmissionParis OpenABS4F2019
22095Leon TaffaWPointsParis OpenABSSF2019

Eldar Rafigaev vs Mathias Ribeiro

Eldar Rafigaev vs Thiago Abud

Eldar Rafigaev vs Dimitrii Vostikov

 

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