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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
Cross choke
1
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
1
1
#fad223
Kimura
1
1
#03861f
Short choke
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
Submission
17
1
#5AD3D1
Footlock
17
1
#d1212a
Shoulder pressure
17
1
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Eldar Rafigaev Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14523Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15412Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15517Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15860Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15868Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15879Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
16128Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
16134Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16344Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16738Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
17055Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17885Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17945Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18122R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18123R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18904Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
19029R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19398Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
20011R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20700Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21663Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
21841Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
21842Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
22440Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 4x0Madrid OpenABSSF2019
23129Mauricio LimaLPts: 3x0France Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23131Mauricio LimaLSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro120KGF2020
23234I. UmarovLPointsUWW EU Open100KGF2020
14047Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
14048Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
14060Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
14061Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14520Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14522Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14524Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14525Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14526Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14529Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14530Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14531Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14532Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14762Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14764Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
14765Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
14766B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGF2018
15162Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15163Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15164Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15170Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15174Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15179Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15180Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15185Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15186Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15405Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15410Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15411Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15510M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15511Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15512Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15513Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15515Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15615Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15616Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15639Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15855Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15858Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15864Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15866Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15876Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15878Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16341Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16342Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16741Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16742Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16743Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
17053Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
17070Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
17072Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17717Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17718Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17719Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17720I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17811Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17814Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17884Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17943Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17946Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17947Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17948Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
18127Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
18129Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
18130Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18310P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18463Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18464Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18907Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
19027Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
19030Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19397Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19402Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19405J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19406David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19407Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19408Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19720Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19721Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19807Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19808Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19884Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19885Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
20008Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20353Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20354David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20701Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21378Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21384Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
21839Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
22247Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019
22438Raphael SouzaWPointsMadrid OpenO100KGF2019
22454Samuel KhanWSubmissionParis OpenABS4F2019
22456Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWReferee DecisionParis OpenABSSF2019
23130Walter SantosWReferee DecisionFrance Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23232A. BritschWFootlockUWW EU Open100KG4F2020
23233J. CzubackWFootlockUWW EU Open100KGSF2020
23237Marek BujloWSubmissionMunich Open100KGSF2020
23238Jan ZanderWSubmissionMunich Open100KGF2020

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