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.
Luka Eldari Kurtanidze (GEO) vs Khadzhimurad Gatsalov (RUS), 96kg
Fila 2005 World Wrestling Championships, Budapest Sports Arena. Sept 26 - Oct 2, 2005.
Kurtanidze, Luka Eldari (Georgia)
Yenokyan, Edgar (Armenia) vs Kurtanidze, Luka Eldari (Georgia) European Freestyle Wrestling Championship 2009.
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.
Murtazaliev,Sagid (RUS) - Kurtanidze,Eldar (GEO)1998 Grand Prix ,, Ivan Yarygin,, Krasnojarsk
KURTANIDZE(GEO)-BONCUOGLU(TUR) 97 kg Takhti Cup 2014 Tehran
Freestyle Wrestling Kurtanidze Eldar-Luka(GEO-BONCUOGLU Ali(TUR) 97 kg Takhti Cup 2014 Tehran.
Kurtanidze,Eldar (GEO) - Bairamukov,Islam (KAZ) 97 kg. 1998 M T Krasnoyarsk
Murtazaliev,Sagid (RUS) - Kurtanidze,Eldar (GEO) 1999 Chempionat mira.Ankara
Kurtanidze,Eldar (GEO) - Gogshelidze,Georgi (RUS) 96 kg. 2002 Chempionat mira
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:03:45 -0700
The return to Georgia of the former President of the Republic, Mikheil Saakashvili, could cost him his life, lawmaker from the ruling coalition Eldar Kurtanidze said in an interview to reportiori.ge. "The regime that committed so many atrocities ...
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:37:27 -0700
Yesterday in Zugdidi a protest by Georgian Dream activists against the United National Movement rally on March 21 turned into a brawl, in which more than 10 people were affected, including a deputy from this opposition party, Akaki Minashvili.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 03:46:47 -0700
Сегодня ночью в американском Лос-Анджелесе стартовал Кубок Мира 2014 по вольной борьбе. Ранее в программе соревнований мы рассказывали о жеребьевке. А сегодня вы узнаете о результатах первого дня турнира. Сборная Украины ...
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