Buvaisar Saitiev

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Buvaisar Saitiev
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Personal information
Nationality Russia Russian
Ethnicity Chechnya Chechen
Born (1975-03-11) March 11, 1975 (age 40)
Khasavyurt, Dagestan ASSR
Years active 1995-2009
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
Country Russia
Sport Wrestling
Event(s) Freestyle wrestling
Coached by Dmitri Mindiashvili, Hamid Saitiev
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]

Life[edit]

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:[2]

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

World Championships/Olympic Games Matches[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/1/15/5309058/ufc-fight-night-35-factgrinder-the-wrestling-career-of-yoel-romero-olympics-saitiev-cuba, SB Nation, Retrieved June 18, 2014
  2. ^ The Silent Gladiators, p. 237
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location Notes
Win 46-2 Uzbekistan Soslan Tigiev 0-1,1-0,3-1 2008-08-12 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China Wins Gold Medal
Win 45-2 Bulgaria Kiril Terziev Fall 2008-08-12 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China
Win 44-2 Cuba Ivan Fundora 2-0,2-1 2008-08-12 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China
Win 43-2 Turkey Ahmet Gülhan 1-0,4-0 2008-08-12 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China
Win 42-2 South Korea Cho Byung-kwan 1-0,7-2 2008-08-12 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China
Loss 41-2 Bulgaria Mihail Ganev 3-0,2-2,1-1 2006-09-27 2006 World Wrestling Championships China Guangzhou, China Loses on criteria despite outscoring opponent 6-3
Win 41-1 Cuba Ivan Fundora 5-3,7-2 2006-09-27 2006 World Wrestling Championships China Guangzhou, China
Win 40-1 Venezuela Maximo Blanco 4-1,5-0 2006-09-27 2006 World Wrestling Championships China Guangzhou, China
Win 39-1 Hungary Arpad Ritter 3-0,3-1 2005-09-26 2005 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary Wins World Championship
Win 38-1 Iran Mehdi Hajizadeh Jouibari 6-0, 5-3 2005-09-26 2005 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 37-1 Italy Salvatore Rinella 6-1, 5-0 2005-09-26 2005 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 36-1 Hungary Nikolay Paslar 3-0, 3-1 2005-09-26 2005 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 35-1 United Kingdom Malak Mohamed Osman 2-0, 9-0 2005-09-26 2005 World Wrestling Championships Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 34-1 Kazakhstan Gennadiy Laliyev 7-0 2004-08-26 2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens, Greece Wins Gold Medal
Win 33-1 Poland Krystian Brzozowski 8-0 2004-08-26 2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens, Greece
Win 32-1 Belarus Murad Gaidarov 3-2 2004-08-26 2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens, Greece Gaidarov disqualified from Olympics after starting fist-fight with Saitiev after match.
Win 31-1 Greece Emzarios Bentinidis 6-1 2004-08-26 2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens, Greece
Win 30-1 Hungary Arpad Ritter 8-2 2004-08-26 2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens, Greece
Win 29-1 Belarus Murad Gaidarov 2-2 2003-09-12 2003 World Wrestling Championships United States New York, United States Won on criteria. Wins World Championship
Win 28-1 Iran Hadi Habibi 6-3 2003-09-12 2003 World Wrestling Championships United States New York, United States
Win 27-1 Australia Talget Ilyasov 9-1 2003-09-12 2003 World Wrestling Championships United States New York, United States
Win 26-1 Bulgaria Nikolay Paslar 4-1 2003-09-12 2003 World Wrestling Championships United States New York, United States
Win 25-1 Senegal Jean Bernard Diatta Tech. Fall 2003-09-12 2003 World Wrestling Championships United States New York, United States Saitiev elected to continue wrestling despite tech. fall. Final score: 34-2
Win 24-1 South Korea Moon Eui-jae 3-2 2001-11-22 2001 World Wrestling Championships Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Wins World Championship
Win 23-1 United States Joe Williams 5-4 2001-11-22 2001 World Wrestling Championships Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
Win 22-1 Georgia (country) Revaz Mindorashvili 3-2 2001-11-22 2001 World Wrestling Championships Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
Win 21-1 Japan Kunihiko Obata 7-0 2001-11-22 2001 World Wrestling Championships Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
Win 20-1 Uzbekistan Ruslan Kinchagov 4-3 2001-11-22 2001 World Wrestling Championships Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
Loss 19-1 United States Brandon Slay 3-4 2000-09-28 2000 Olympic Games Australia Sydney, Australia
Win 19-0 Bulgaria Plamen Paskalev 8-2 2000-09-28 2000 Olympic Games Australia Sydney, Australia
Win 18-0 South Korea Moon Eui-jae 3-0 1998-09-07 1998 World Wrestling Championships Iran Tehran, Iran Wins World Championship
Win 17-0 Poland Marcin Jurecki Fall 1998-09-07 1998 World Wrestling Championships Iran Tehran, Iran
Win 16-0 Georgia (country) Alexander Kahniasvili Tech. Fall 1998-09-07 1998 World Wrestling Championships Iran Tehran, Iran
Win 15-0 Moldova Victor Peikov Tech. Fall 1998-09-07 1998 World Wrestling Championships Iran Tehran, Iran
Win 14-0 Germany Alexander Leipold 3-1 1997-08-29 1997 World Wrestling Championships Russia Krasnojarsk, Russia Wins World Championship
Win 13-0 South Korea Moon Eui-jae 6-2 1997-08-29 1997 World Wrestling Championships Russia Krasnojarsk, Russia
Win 12-0 Ukraine David Bichinashvili 7-0 1997-08-29 1997 World Wrestling Championships Russia Krasnojarsk, Russia
Win 11-0 Hungary Arpad Ritter 6-0 1997-08-29 1997 World Wrestling Championships Russia Krasnojarsk, Russia
Win 10-0 Canada Nicholas Ugoalah Fall 1997-08-29 1997 World Wrestling Championships Russia Krasnojarsk, Russia
Win 9-0 South Korea Park Jang-soon 5-0 1996-07-30 1996 Olympic Games United States Atlanta, United States Wins Gold Medal
Win 8-0 United States Kenny Monday 6-1 1996-07-30 1996 Olympic Games United States Atlanta, United States
Win 7-0 Germany Alexander Leipold 3-1 1996-07-30 1996 Olympic Games United States Atlanta, United States
Win 6-0 Iran Momeni Issa 8-0 1996-07-30 1996 Olympic Games United States Atlanta, United States
Win 5-0 Germany Alexander Leipold 3-2 1995-08-10 1995 World Wrestling Championships United States Atlanta, United States Wins World Championship
Win 4-0 Azerbaijan Magomed Salam Gadshiev 3-0 1995-08-10 1995 World Wrestling Championships United States Atlanta, United States
Win 3-0 Moldova Victor Peikov 12-3 1995-08-10 1995 World Wrestling Championships United States Atlanta, United States
Win 2-0 Poland Krzysztof Walencik Fall 1995-08-10 1995 World Wrestling Championships United States Atlanta, United States
Win 1-0 Cuba Alberto Rodriguez Tech. Fall 1995-08-10 1995 World Wrestling Championships United States Atlanta, United States