Buvaisar Saitiev

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Buvaisar Saitiev
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Personal information
NationalityRussia Russian
EthnicityChechnya Chechen
Born (1975-03-11) March 11, 1975 (age 44)
Khasavyurt, Dagestan
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
ClubMindiashvili wrestling academy
Coached byDmitri Mindiashvili
Updated on 5 September 2014.

Buvaisar Hamidovich Saitiev, also spelled Buvaysar Hamidovich Saytiev, (Russian: Бувайсар Хамидович Сайтиев, Chechen: Сайт КIант Бувайса) (born March 11, 1975 in Khasavyurt, Dagestan ASSR) is a Russian wrestler of Chechen heritage, who has won nine world-level gold medals in freestyle wrestling. He is widely considered the greatest freestyle wrestler of all time.[1][2][3][4] He currently is an acting State Duma Deputy from Dagestan.[5][6][7]


In 1992, Buvaisar left his hometown of Khasavyurt, Dagestan in order to train at a prestigious wrestling center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Soon after graduating from the training center, Saitiev began his quest to represent Russia on the world stage. Buvaisar has been decorated with the Order of Friendship by the Russian president. His younger brother Adam Saitiev, also a wrestler, won gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

Buvaisar's life philosophy has been heavily influenced by Nobel Prize-winning poet Boris Pasternak. Saitiev repeats the following poem before every match, and according to Buvaisar, the poem has defined his life both inside and outside of wrestling:[8]

It is not seemly to be famous

Celebrity does not exalt;
There is no need to hoard your writings
And to preserve them in a vault.

To give your all - this is creation,
And not - to deafen and eclipse.
How shameful, when you have no meaning,
To be on everybody's lips!

Try not to live as a pretender,
But so to manage your affairs
That you are loved by wide expanses,
And hear the call of future years.

Leave blanks in life, not in your papers,
And do not ever hesitate
To pencil out whole chunks, whole chapters
Of your existence, of your fate.

Into obscurity retiring
Try your development to hide,
As autumn mist on early mornings
Conceals the dreaming countryside.

Another, step by step, will follow
The living imprint of your feet;
But you yourself must not distinguish
Your victory from your defeat.

And never for a single moment
Betray your credo or pretend,
But be alive-this only matters-

Alive and burning to the end.

— Boris Pasternak, My Sister Life

Быть знаменитым некрасиво.

Не это подымает ввысь.
Не надо заводить архива,
Над рукописями трястись.

Цель творчества самоотдача,
А не шумиха, не успех.
Позорно ничего не знача,

Быть притчей на устах у всех.

— Борис Пастернак, Сестра моя — жизнь

Wrestling career[edit]

Saitiev has won nine world-level gold medals. He is a six-time world champion and a three-time Olympic champion. His senior-level international career began in 1994 and, to date, has continued on through the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. In thirteen years, he's entered eleven world championship tournaments, won nine world championship tournaments, and lost only two bouts.

In 1999, Buvaisar did not wrestle at the world championships. Instead his weight class was represented by his younger brother Adam, who won a gold medal. Saitiev also did not compete at the world championships in 2002. He lost to Magomed Isagadjiev at the 2002 Russian Nationals. Isagadjiev went on the win a silver medal at the world championships. In 2007 Saitiev was beat out for the Russian team by Makhach Murtazaliev, who went on to win the world title. According to media reports, Saitiev's training in 2007 was hampered by a neck injury

Match results[edit]

World Championships & Olympics
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2008 Olympic 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 46-2 Uzbekistan Soslan Tigiev 0-1, 1-0, 3-1 August 12, 2008 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China
Win 45-2 Bulgaria Kiril Terziev Fall
Win 44-2 Cuba Ivan Fundora 2-0, 2-1
Win 43-2 Turkey Ahmet Gülhan 1-0, 4-0
Win 42-2 South Korea Cho Byung-kwan 1-0, 7-2
2006 UWW world 8th at 74kg
Loss 41-2 Bulgaria Mihail Ganev 3-0, 2-2, 1-1 September 27, 2006 2006 World Wrestling Championships China Guangzhou, China
Win 41-1 Cuba Ivan Fundora 5-3, 7-2
Win 40-1 Venezuela Maximo Blanco 4-1, 5-0
2005 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 39-1 Hungary Arpad Ritter 3-0, 3-1 September 26, 2005 2005 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 38-1 Iran Mehdi Hajizadeh Jouibari 6-0, 5-3
Win 37-1 Italy Salvatore Rinella 6-1, 5-0
Win 36-1 Hungary Nikolay Paslar 3-0, 3-1
Win 35-1 United Kingdom Malak Mohamed Osman 2-0, 9-0
2004 Olympic 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 34-1 Kazakhstan Gennadiy Laliyev 7-0 August 26, 2004 2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens, Greece
Win 33-1 Poland Krystian Brzozowski 8-0
Win 32-1 Belarus Murad Gaidarov 3-2
Win 31-1 Greece Emzarios Bentinidis 6-1
Win 30-1 Hungary Arpad Ritter 8-2
2003 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 29-1 Belarus Murad Gaidarov 2-2 September 12, 2003 2003 World Wrestling Championships United States New York City, United States
Win 28-1 Iran Hadi Habibi 6-3
Win 27-1 Australia Talget Ilyasov 9-1
Win 26-1 Bulgaria Nikolay Paslar 4-1
Win 25-1 Senegal Jean Bernard Diatta Tech. Fall
2001 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 76kg
Win 24-1 South Korea Moon Eui-jae 3-2 November 22, 2001 2001 World Wrestling Championships Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
Win 23-1 United States Joe Williams 5-4
Win 22-1 Georgia (country) Revaz Mindorashvili 3-2
Win 21-1 Japan Kunihiko Obata 7-0
Win 20-1 Uzbekistan Ruslan Khinchagov 4-3
2000 Olympic 9th at 76kg
Loss 19-1 United States Brandon Slay 3-4 September 28, 2000 2000 Olympic Games Australia Sydney, Australia
Win 19-0 Bulgaria Plamen Paskalev 8-2
1998 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 76kg
Win 18-0 South Korea Moon Eui-jae 3-0 September 7, 1998 1998 World Wrestling Championships Iran Tehran, Iran
Win 17-0 Poland Marcin Jurecki Fall
Win 16-0 Georgia (country) Alexander Kahniasvili Tech. Fall
Win 15-0 Moldova Victor Peikov Tech. Fall
1997 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 76kg
Win 14-0 Germany Alexander Leipold 3-1 August 29, 1997 1997 World Wrestling Championships Russia Krasnojarsk, Russia
Win 13-0 South Korea Moon Eui-jae 6-2
Win 12-0 Ukraine David Bichinashvili 7-0
Win 11-0 Hungary Arpad Ritter 6-0
Win 10-0 Canada Nicholas Ugoalah Fall
1996 Olympic 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 9-0 South Korea Park Jang-soon 5-0 July 30, 1996 1996 Olympic Games United States Atlanta, United States
Win 8-0 United States Kenny Monday 6-1
Win 7-0 Germany Alexander Leipold 3-1
Win 6-0 Iran Momeni Issa 8-0
1995 UWW world 1st, gold medalist(s) at 74kg
Win 5-0 Germany Alexander Leipold 3-2 August 10, 1995 1995 World Wrestling Championships United States Atlanta, United States
Win 4-0 Azerbaijan Magomed Salam Gadshiev 3-0
Win 3-0 Moldova Victor Peikov 12-3
Win 2-0 Poland Krzysztof Walencik Fall
Win 1-0 Cuba Alberto Rodríguez Tech. Fall


  1. ^ "Olympics-Russian wrestler Saitiev abandons comeback attempt". Reuters. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ R, Coach Mike (27 June 2014). "The greatest wrestler ever, Buvaisar Saitiev, flattens a toddler". SB Nation. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ UFC Fight Night 35 fact grinder, SB Nation, Retrieved June 18, 2014
  4. ^ Wyman, Patrick. "Why Are UFC Champions Hanging Out With An Accused Russian War Criminal?". Deadspin. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ Бувайсар Сайтиев станет депутатом Госдумы от Дагестана
  6. ^ Рамзан vs Сагид. Почему Абдулатипов провел в Думу Бувайсара, но сломал карьеру Сажида?
  7. ^ Бувайсар Сайтиев прошёл в Госдуму от Дагестана
  8. ^ The Silent Gladiators, p. 237

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