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Eldar “Yakuza” Rafigaev

Eldar “Yakuza” Rafigaev

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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

85 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    18 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    62 (73%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

62 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Footlock
58
36
#86e620
Kneebar
11
7
#5AD3D1
RNC
6
4
#d1212a
Submission
5
3
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
5
3
#f58822
Triangle
5
3
#224aba
Toe hold
3
2
#ff9124
Short choke
2
1
#bf1f6c
Cross choke
2
1
#22c9a5
Choke from back
2
1
#fad223
Kimura
2
1
62
(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
14391Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15247Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15352Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15690Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15698Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15709Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
15951Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
15957Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16163Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16543Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
16854Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17641Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17697Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
17872R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
17873R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18601Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
18718R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19073Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
19662R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20331Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
13931Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
13932Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
13944Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
13945Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14388Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14390Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14392Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14393Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14394Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14397Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14398Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14399Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14400Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14614Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF World C.94KGR12018
14616Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF World C.94KG4F2018
14617Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF World C.94KGSF2018
14618B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF World C.94KGF2018
15005Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15006Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15007Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15013Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15017Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15022Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15023Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15028Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15029Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15242Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15245Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15246Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15345M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15346Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15347Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15348Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15350Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15448Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15449Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15472Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15685Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15688Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15694Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15696Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15706Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15708Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16160Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16161Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16546Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16547Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16548Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
16852Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
16869Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
16871Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17483Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17484Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17485Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17486I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17568Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17571Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17640Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17695Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17698Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17699Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17700Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
17876Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
17878Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
17879Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18049P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18195Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18196Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18604Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
18716Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
18719Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19072Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19076Thiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19078J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19079David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19080Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19081Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19374Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19375Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19462Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19463Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19539Krzysztof FlakWN/AAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19540Edvin RamdedovicWN/AAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19659Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
19991David BenzakenWN/AParis Spring OpenABSF2019

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