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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
14557Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15463Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15568Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15911Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15919Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15930Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
16180Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
16186Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16397Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16791Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
17114Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17952Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
18012Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18200R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
18201R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18990Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
19129R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19507Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
20127R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20822Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21801Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
21980Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
21981Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
22591Bruno LimaBruno LimaLPts: 4x0Madrid OpenABSSF2019
23308Mauricio LimaLPts: 3x0France Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23310Mauricio LimaLSubmissionFrance Nat. Pro120KGF2020
23428I. UmarovLPointsUWW EU Open100KGF2020
14076Martin GobelWKimuraSwedish Nats100KGSF2017
14077Patryk WysockiWPointsSwedish Nats100KGF2017
14090Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NNGO97KGRR2017
14091Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NNGO97KGF2017
14554Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14556Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14558Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14559Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14560Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14563Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14564Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14565Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14566Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14802Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14804Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
14805Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGSF2018
14806B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF Worlds94KGF2018
15213Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15214Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15215Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15221Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15225Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15230Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15231Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15236Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15237Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15456Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15461Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15462Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15561M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15562Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15563Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15564Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15566Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15666Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15667Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15690Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15906Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15909Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15915Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15917Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15927Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15929Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16394Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16395Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16794Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16795Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16796Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
17112B. MatiasB. MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
17129Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
17131Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17778Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17779Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17780Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17781I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17873Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17876Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17951Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
18010Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
18013Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
18014Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
18015Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
18205Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
18207Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
18208Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18388P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18545Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18546Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18993Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
19127Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
19130Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19506Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19511Thiago AbudThiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19514J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19515David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19516Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19517Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19835Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19836Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19923Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19924Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
20000Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
20001Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
20124Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20470Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20471David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20823Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21512Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21518Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
21978Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
22392Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019
22589Raphael SouzaWPointsMadrid OpenO100KGF2019
22605Samuel KhanWSubmissionParis OpenABS4F2019
22607Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWReferee DecisionParis OpenABSSF2019
23309Walter SantosWReferee DecisionFrance Nat. Pro120KGRR2020
23426A. BritschWFootlockUWW EU Open100KG4F2020
23427J. CzubackWFootlockUWW EU Open100KGSF2020
23431Marek BujloWSubmissionMunich Open100KGSF2020
23432Jan ZanderWSubmissionMunich Open100KGF2020

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