Eldar "Luka" Kurtanidze (Georgian: ელდარ [ლუკა] კურტანიძე) (born April 16, 1972) is a Georgian wrestler and the Georgian Dream political activist. He has served as the President of the Wrestling Federation of Georgia since December 2012 and Head of Physical Training at the Georgian Police Academy since January 2013.
Kurtanidze has been a senior professional freestyle wrestler since 1992. He was a bronze medalist in both the Men's Freestyle 90 kg at the 1996 Summer Olympics and also Men's Freestyle 97 kg at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was eliminated early. In addition to his Olympic bronzes, he has two gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal from the FILA Senior World Championships. He has received five gold medals, three silver medals, and two bronze medals from the FILA Senior European Championships. In 2006 he raised his weight to compete in the 120 kg class. He made his mixed martial arts debut at the Pride Fighting Championships show on December 31, 2006 against veteran MMA fighter and former amateur wrestler Kazuyuki Fujita. He was defeated via submission (strikes) at 2:09 of round 1.
Kurtanidze became involved in the politics of Georgia since 2011. As an ally of the opposition leader Nino Burjanadze he took part in the May 2011 rally against the government of President Mikheil Saakashvili. During the rally, he was involved in a clash with police and was severely beaten up. In 2012, he joined the Georgian Dream coalition led by the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili after whose accession to premiership after the 2012 parliamentary election Kurtanidze became the president of Georgia's Wrestling Federation and Head of Physical Training at the Georgian Police Academy. He has been accused of resorting to physical violence against his opponents in the Wrestling Federation.
Mixed martial arts record
kurtanidze luka vs kazuyuki fujita
kurtanidze luka vs kazuyuki fujita.
Kurtanidze, Luka Eldari (Georgia)
Yenokyan, Edgar (Armenia) vs Kurtanidze, Luka Eldari (Georgia) European Freestyle Wrestling Championship 2009.
KURTANIDZE(GEO) - SAR(TUR) 1/4 Final B -130 kg Veteran World Championship 2015 Athens
Freestyle Wrestling KURTANIDZE Luka Eldar (GEO) - SAR Sener (TUR) 1/4 Final B -130 kg Veteran World Championship 2015 Athens ლუკა კურტანიძე ...
Eldar Kurtanidze(GEO)-Alireza Heidari(IRI) 1/4 Final - 97 kg Sydney Olympic Games 2000
Freestyle Wrestling Eldar Kurtanidze(GEO)-Alireza Heidari(IRI) 1/4 Final - 97 kg Sydney Olympic Games 2000.
Eldar Luka Kurtanidze
Eldar Kurtanidze(GEO)-Sagid Murtazaliev (RUS) 1/2 Final - 97 kg Sydney Olympic Games 2000
Freestyle Wrestling Eldar Kurtanidze(GEO)-Sagid Murtazaliev (RUS) 1/2 Final - 97 kg Sydney Olympic Games 2000 Лука Куртанидзе(Грузия)-Сагид ...
Murtazaliev,Sagid (RUS) - Kurtanidze,Eldar (GEO)1998 Grand Prix ,, Ivan Yarygin,, Krasnojarsk
Gogshelidze,Georgi (RUS) - Kurtanidze,Eldar (GEO) 97 kg. M T Krasnoyarsk
97 KG Koki Yamamoto Japan vs Eldar Kurtanidze Georgia
Kurtanidze,Eldar (GEO) - Heydari,Alireza (IRI) 97 kg. 2000 Olympyiskie igri
Democracy & Freedom Watch
Democracy & Freedom Watch
Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:06:12 -0800
TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian wrestler and double Olympic bronze medalist on Tuesday became a member of parliament. Luka Kurtanidze will be replacing Tamaz Avdaliani, who recently passed away due to illness. Eldar (Luka) Kurtanidze is on the same ...
Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:02:59 -0700
Some extraordinarily good wrestlers have competed in major Japanese promotions, but three who would be high on this list - Rulon Gardner, Eldar Kurtanidze, and Karem Gaber - only fought once and I would like to avoid as many "one and done" fighters as ...
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:05:49 -0700
This is Eldar Kurtanidze of Georgia throwing Iran's Ali Reza Heidari in the world finals. The name of the game when hitting this move is a quick and complete body rotation by the thrower with the opponents arm pulled extremely tightly around the body.
Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:01:26 -0700
They would point to freak show-ish exhibitions involving James Toney from boxing, Eldar Kurtanidze and Karem Gaber from wrestling, or Badr Hari from kickboxing. Those of this position would yell angrily (because MMA arguments are usually angry and ...
Mon, 30 Jul 2012 06:31:21 -0700
An Olympic gold medal is the ultimate goal for most of the world's best amateur athletes. It's awarded just once every four years, making it one of the rarest and most sought after of all athletic achievements. Winning one takes years of hard work ...
Wed, 20 Mar 2013 03:24:53 -0700
The most successful Lithuanian that year was definitely Ričardas Pauliukonis who, while competing in the 90kg division, recorded two large wins 12:0 & 11:0 only to be defeated by the eventual Georgian Bronze medallist Eldar Kurtanidze; a 9th place overall.
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