Cemil Karahan

—  "The future"


Cemîl Karahan


"The Future"


Prana Jiu Jitsu

Purple Belt under Kent Hammarström

Cemil Karahan is the returning European purple belt medium-heavy champion, but he was far from considered a front-runner in a stacked absolute division at the 2018 IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.

He went on to put on the performance of the day and finished both of his opponents in the semifinal and final.

Cemil Karahan by Flograppling Abu Dhabi World Pro 2018

Sweden | Prana | 94kg

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Karahan recently took first in the open class at the 2018 Europeans, submitting several opponents with his trademark “Kurdish Necktie” along the way. A regular top finisher on the European BJJ scene at purple belt, Karahan’s unconventional style of hunting for subs with collar chokes from any position leaves his opponents in constant danger of getting finished.

“I expect it to be tough, but I feel like this is my time to shine so I feel really good going into this tournament,” Karahan said. “Also I’m going into the competition with an incredible support from my team, my friends, and my family, so I am not worried.”

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Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Roberval Mascarenhas > Iran Mascarenhas > Kent Hammarström > Cemil Karahan

Main Achievements

Silver European Championships 2018 heavyweight Purple Belt

Gold European Championships 2018 Absoulute Purple Belt

Gold European Championships 2017 Medium-Heavy Purple Belt 

2X Swedish National Champion Purple Belt

TOP 15 POUND FOR POUND RANKING 2018 (TOP 5) by FloGrappling

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