Buvaisar Saitiev

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 Chechen wrestler 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]

Buvaisar Saitiev
Buwaisar Saytiev.jpg
Personal information
NationalityRussia Russian
EthnicityChechnya Chechen
Born (1975-03-11) March 11, 1975 (age 45)
Khasavyurt, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
ClubMindiashvili wrestling academy
Coached byDmitri Mindiashvili
Updated on 5 September 2014.


In 1992, Buvaisar left his hometown of Khasavyurt, Dagestan in order to train at a prestigious wrestling center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. His younger brother Adam Saitiev would follow in his footsteps.

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.

The others, 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-only this 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 careerEdit

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 resultsEdit

World Championships & Olympics
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2008 Olympic   at 74kg
Win 46-2   Soslan Tigiev 0-1, 1-0, 3-1 August 12, 2008 2008 Olympic Games   Beijing, China
Win 45-2   Kiril Terziev Fall
Win 44-2   Ivan Fundora 2-0, 2-1
Win 43-2   Ahmet Gülhan 1-0, 4-0
Win 42-2   Cho Byung-kwan 1-0, 7-2
2006 UWW world 8th at 74kg
Loss 41-2   Mihail Ganev 3-0, 2-2, 1-1 September 27, 2006 2006 World Wrestling Championships   Guangzhou, China
Win 41-1   Ivan Fundora 5-3, 7-2
Win 40-1   Maximo Blanco 4-1, 5-0
2005 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 39-1   Arpad Ritter 3-0, 3-1 September 26, 2005 2005 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest, Hungary
Win 38-1   Mehdi Hajizadeh 6-0, 5-3
Win 37-1   Salvatore Rinella 6-1, 5-0
Win 36-1   Nikolay Paslar 3-0, 3-1
Win 35-1   Malak Mohamed Osman 2-0, 9-0
2004 Olympic   at 74kg
Win 34-1   Gennadiy Laliyev 7-0 August 26, 2004 2004 Olympic Games   Athens, Greece
Win 33-1   Krystian Brzozowski 8-0
Win 32-1   Murad Gaidarov 3-2
Win 31-1   Emzarios Bentinidis 6-1
Win 30-1   Arpad Ritter 8-2
2003 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 29-1   Murad Gaidarov 2-2 September 12, 2003 2003 World Wrestling Championships   New York City, United States
Win 28-1   Hadi Habibi 6-3
Win 27-1   Talgat Ilyasov 9-1
Win 26-1   Nikolay Paslar 4-1
Win 25-1   Jean Bernard Diatta Tech. Fall
2001 UWW world   at 76kg
Win 24-1   Moon Eui-jae 3-2 November 22, 2001 2001 World Wrestling Championships   Sofia, Bulgaria
Win 23-1   Joe Williams 5-4
Win 22-1   Revaz Mindorashvili 3-2
Win 21-1   Kunihiko Obata 7-0
Win 20-1   Ruslan Khinchagov 4-3
2000 Olympic 9th at 76kg
Loss 19-1   Brandon Slay 3-4 September 28, 2000 2000 Olympic Games   Sydney, Australia
Win 19-0   Plamen Paskalev 8-2
1998 UWW world   at 76kg
Win 18-0   Moon Eui-jae 3-0 September 7, 1998 1998 World Wrestling Championships   Tehran, Iran
Win 17-0   Marcin Jurecki Fall
Win 16-0   Alexander Kahniasvili Tech. Fall
Win 15-0   Victor Peikov Tech. Fall
1997 UWW world   at 76kg
Win 14-0   Alexander Leipold 3-1 August 29, 1997 1997 World Wrestling Championships   Krasnojarsk, Russia
Win 13-0   Moon Eui-jae 6-2
Win 12-0   David Bichinashvili 7-0
Win 11-0   Arpad Ritter 6-0
Win 10-0   Nicholas Ugoalah Fall
1996 Olympic   at 74kg
Win 9-0   Park Jang-soon 5-0 July 30, 1996 1996 Olympic Games   Atlanta, United States
Win 8-0   Kenny Monday 6-1
Win 7-0   Alexander Leipold 3-1
Win 6-0   Issa Momeni 8-0
1995 UWW world   at 74kg
Win 5-0   Alexander Leipold 3-2 August 10, 1995 1995 World Wrestling Championships   Atlanta, United States
Win 4-0   Magomed Salam Gadshiev 3-0
Win 3-0   Victor Peikov 12-3
Win 2-0   Krzysztof Walencik Fall
Win 1-0   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". Archived from the original on 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  6. ^ "Рамзан vs Сагид. Почему Абдулатипов провел в Думу Бувайсара, но сломал карьеру Сажида?". Archived from the original on 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  7. ^ Бувайсар Сайтиев прошёл в Госдуму от Дагестана
  8. ^ The Silent Gladiators, p. 237

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