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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
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
14532Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15427Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15532Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15875Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15883Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15894Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
16143Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
16149Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16359Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16753Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
17070Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17903Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17963Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18146R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18147R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18931Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
19064R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19440Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
20056R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20748Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21719Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
21898Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
21899Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
22503Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 4x0Madrid OpenABSSF2019
23201Mauricio LimaLPts: 3x0France Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23203Mauricio LimaLSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro120KGF2020
23320I. UmarovLPointsUWW EU Open100KGF2020
14056Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
14057Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
14069Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
14070Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14529Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14531Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14533Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14534Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14535Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14538Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14539Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14540Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14541Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14771Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14773Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
14774Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
14775B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGF2018
15177Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15178Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15179Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15185Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15189Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15194Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15195Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15200Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15201Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15420Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15425Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15426Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15525M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15526Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15527Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15528Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15530Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15630Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15631Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15654Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15870Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15873Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15879Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15881Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15891Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15893Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16356Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16357Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16756Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16757Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16758Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
17068B. MatiasB. MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
17085Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
17087Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17732Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17733Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17734Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17735I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17826Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17829Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17902Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17961Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17964Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17965Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17966Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
18151Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
18153Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
18154Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18334P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18487Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18488Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18934Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
19062Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
19065Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19439Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19444Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19447J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19448David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19449Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19450Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19764Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19765Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19852Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19853Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19929Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19930Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
20053Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20399Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20400David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20749Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21432Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21438Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
21896Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
22308Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019
22501Raphael SouzaWPointsMadrid OpenO100KGF2019
22517Samuel KhanWSubmissionParis OpenABS4F2019
22519Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWReferee DecisionParis OpenABSSF2019
23202Walter SantosWReferee DecisionFrance Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23318A. BritschWFootlockUWW EU Open100KG4F2020
23319J. CzubackWFootlockUWW EU Open100KGSF2020
23323Marek BujloWSubmissionMunich Open100KGSF2020
23324Jan ZanderWSubmissionMunich Open100KGF2020

Eldar Rafigaev vs Mathias Ribeiro

Eldar Rafigaev vs Thiago Abud

Eldar Rafigaev vs Dimitrii Vostikov

 

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