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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

91 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    15 (16%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    71 (78%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (3%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    2 (2%)

71 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Footlock
59
42
#86e620
Kneebar
10
7
#5AD3D1
RNC
6
4
#d1212a
Submission
6
4
#fad11b
Straight ankle lock
4
3
#f58822
Triangle
4
3
#224aba
Toe hold
3
2
#ff9124
Armbar
3
2
#bf1f6c
Short choke
1
1
#22c9a5
Cross choke
1
1
#fad223
Choke from back
1
1
#03861f
Kimura
1
1
71
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Eldar Rafigaev Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
14428Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 13x6Poznan Pro110KGF2017
15287Mathias RibeiroLN/ASpanish Nat.ABSSF2018
15392Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLDQACB EuropeanABSF2018
15730Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 15x0Torino ChallengeABSSF2018
15738Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGF2018
15749Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KGF2018
15991Erberth SantosErberth SantosLFootlockWorld Pro110KG4F2018
15997Nelton PontesNelton PontesLPts: 10x0World Pro110KGRPC2018
16203Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLShoulder pressureParis Spring OpenABSF2018
16584Sebastian BroscheSebastian BroscheLPointsGerman NatsABSSF2018
16895Seif HoumineSeif HoumineLPts: 5x0ACBJJ NG PolandO95KGF2018
17691Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17751Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 21x2Greece Nat. Pro110KGF2018
17926R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x2, AdvItaly Nat. Pro110KGF2018
17927R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 2x0Italy Nat. NGPABSF2018
18658Luka SkoricLPts: 0x0, AdvSlovenia Pro110KGSF2019
18779R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 5x0Netherlands Pro110KGF2019
19134Lukasz MichalecLRNCBudapest Open100KGF2019
19731R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 3x0World Pro110KG4F2019
20401Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLBow and arrowItalian OpenABSF2019
21280Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLRNCADCCO99KGR12019
21443Matheus GodoyMatheus GodoyLPts: 2x0Tel Aviv Open100KGF2019
21444Matheus LunaMatheus LunaLPts: 3x0Tel Aviv OpenABSSF2019
13961Martin GobelWKimuraGerman Nationals100KGSF2017
13962Patryk WysockiWPointsGerman Nationals100KGF2017
13974Martin GobelWFootlockGerman NoGiO97KGRR2017
13975Marek ZbrogWShort chokeGerman NoGiO97KGF2017
14425Oualid SbaiWFootlockPoznan Pro110KG4F2017
14427Seba SzyszkaWFootlockPoznan Pro110KGSF2017
14429Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2017
14430Samir KrvavacWFootlockGreece Nat. Pro110KGF2017
14431Samir KrvavacWPts: 13x2Greece Nat. ProABSF2017
14434Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat Pro110KGF2017
14435Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWFootlockItaly Nat ProABS4F2017
14436Antonio JuniorWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSSF2017
14437Bruno RealeWFootlockItaly Nat ProABSF2017
14655Estefan JosephWReferee DecisionJJIF World C.94KGR12018
14657Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeWFootlockJJIF World C.94KG4F2018
14658Julian StonjekWFootlockJJIF World C.94KGSF2018
14659B. ZawadzkiWFootlockJJIF World C.94KGF2018
15045Eduardo SilveiraWFootlockFrance Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15046Melksedec FrancoWFootlockFrance NGP.108KGF2018
15047Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWDQFrance Nat. ProABSF2018
15053Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. Pro110KGF2018
15057Jorge ImbrosioWFootlockSpain Nat. NGO108KGF2018
15062Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2018
15063Antonio JuniorWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGF2018
15068Mathias SchiemannWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGSF2018
15069Felipe XavierWFootlockNetherlands NGP108KGF2018
15282Bruno BorgesWRNCSpanish NGNABSF2018
15285Martin GobelWSubmissionSpanish Nat.100KGSF2018
15286Rodrigo SilvaWKneebarSpanish Nat.100KGF2018
15385M. MaciejewskiWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KG4F2018
15386Jarosław GajekWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGSF2018
15387Antonio JuniorWFootlockACB EuropeanO95KGF2018
15388Helton JoseHelton JoseWReferee DecisionACB EuropeanABS4F2018
15390Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 11x0ACB EuropeanABSSF2018
15488Edward IngamellsWFootlockEuropean NoGiO97KGSF2018
15489Jamie HughesWKneebarEuropean NoGiO97KGF2018
15512Edward IngamellsWStraight ankle lockRome OpenO100KGF2018
15725Ronaldo JesusWFootlockTorino ChallengeO100KGF2018
15728Douglas FelippeWDQTorino ChallengeABS4F2018
15734Moku KahawaiWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KG4F2018
15736Rogel MonsalveWPts: 2x0ACB Asian OpenO95KGSF2018
15746Joseph MokuWPts: 2x0Curitiba OpenO95KG4F2018
15748Rogel MonsalveWN/ACuritiba OpenO95KGSF2018
16200Tyrone GonsalvesWTriangleParis Spring NGOABSF2018
16201Martin GobelWCross chokeParis Spring OpenO100KGF2018
16587Martin GobelWN/AGerman NatsO100KGSF2018
16588Rodrigo SilvaWChoke from backGerman NatsO100KGF2018
16589Nicolas PenzerWRNCGerman NGNABSF2018
16893Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasWFootlockACBJJ NG PolandO95KGRR2018
16910Antonio JuniorWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGSF2018
16912Seif HoumineSeif HoumineWFootlockACBJJ PolandO95KGF2018
17532Benjamin SehicWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KG4F2018
17533Victor PejgorskiWSubmissionADCC EU TrialsO99KGSF2018
17534Zois KaperonisWRNCADCC EU TrialsO99KGF2018
17535I. ArzoumanidisWStraight ankle lockADCC EU Trials99KGF2018
17618Paulo BrasilWToe holdParis Fall OpenO100KGF2018
17621Nicolas PenzerWTriangleParis Fall NGOO97KGF2018
17690Cedric BonnetWPts: 18x0German Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17749Samir KrvavacWSubmissionGreece Nat. Pro110KGSF2018
17752Samir KrvavacWPts: 18x0Greece Nat. ProABS4F2018
17753Ioannis RousakisWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSSF2018
17754Andreas PeralesWFootlockGreece Nat. ProABSF2018
17930Paulo BrasilWFootlockLisbon OpenABSSF2018
17932Henrique CardosoHenrique CardosoWKneebarLisbon OpenABSF2018
17933Bruno BorgesWKneebarLisbon NGOABSF2018
18103P. KwiatkowskiWPts: 52x0Berlin Open100KGF2018
18249Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18250Max ArnoldWFootlockCroatia ProABSRR2018
18661Matko KvesicWPts: 2x0Slovenia ProABSF2019
18777Walter dos SantosWFootlockNetherlands Pro110KGSF2019
18780Arthur PucciWReferee DecisionNetherlands NGP108KGF2019
19133Tiago SilvaWFootlockBudapest Open100KGSF2019
19137Thiago AbudWKneebarBudapest NGOABSF2019
19139J. MroczkowskiWStraight Ankle LockPoznan OpenO100KGF2019
19140David BenzakenWPointsPoznan OpenABSSF2019
19141Piotr FrechowiczWKneebarPoznan OpenABSF2019
19142Dmitrii VostrikovWToe holdPoznan NGOO97KGF2019
19444Martin GobelWFootlockRome OpenO100KGSF2019
19445Lukasz MichalecWPointsRome OpenO100KGF2019
19531Luka SkoricWKneebarMunich OpenABSF2019
19532Nicolas PenzerWPts: 8x0Munich NGOABSF2019
19608Krzysztof FlakWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19609Edvin RamdedovicWFootlockAustria Nat. Pro110KGRR2019
19728Muslim PatsarigovMuslim PatsarigovWTriangleWorld Pro110KGR12019
20061Amarildo DumasWFootlockParis Spring Open100KGF2019
20062David BenzakenWFootlockParis Spring OpenABSF2019
20402Danilo LopesWFootlockItalian NGOABSF2019
21022Martin GobelWSubmissionGeneve Open100KGF2019
21028Martin GobelWArmbarGeneve NGOO97KGF2019
21441Almog BritschWFootlockTel Aviv Open100KGSF2019
21766Hassine AzarkanWArmbarAmsterdam OpenO100KGF2019

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