10. Dewanojo Shuta
Born on December 14, 1993, and with the highest rank of Makushita 56, Dewanojo Shuta is among the promising sumo wrestlers with a bright future.
9. Akebono Tarō
Akebono Tarō is a Japanese American former professional sumo wrestler from Waimānalo, Hawaii.
He is the first non-Japanese sumo wrestler to reach the “yokozuna” and was trained by Hawaiian pioneer sumo wrestler Takamiyama and rapidly climb to the top of the division.
Akebono’s rivalry with the young Japanese hopeful, Takanohana and Wakanohana was a primary factor in sumo’s increasing popularity at tournaments and on television in the early 1990s. Despite several serious injuries, over his eight years in yokozuna, Akebono was a successful thirteen-time runner-up, won eight tournament championships, a total number of eleven for his career. Akebono debuted at K-1 against Royce Gracie, a pioneer of the ultimate combat championship. Giant Silva, a professional wrestler, met with Akebono for the last MMA match and he taped Akebono tap out to a kimura from under in one minute.
7. Musashimaru Kōyō
He made his professional debut in 1989 and in 1991 he reached the top division of Makuuchi. His progress seemed to stall after reaching Ozeki in 1994, but in 1999 he became the second foreign wrestler ever to reach yokozuna rank. Musashimaru was a formidable opponent with sheer weight of 235 kg (518 lb) combined with a height of 1.92 m, and he has for many years been extremely consistent and without injury.
He has a surprising facial resemblance to Japanese warrior hero Saigō Takamori combined with an amiable personality made him build a huge fan base.
7. Kainowaka Naoya
Kainowaka Naoya is currently a competing Japanese sumo wrestler. Born on April 20, 1979, in Fukuoka, and weighs 184 kg with an intimidating height of 175.5 cm.
Naoya’s highest achieved rank was Makushita 14 and he has recently competed in Hatsu 2021 held in Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo.
6. Susanoumi Yoshitaka
With an intimidating height is 184 cm (6 ft) and peak weight was 240 kg Susanoumi Yoshitaka is a Japanese retired sumo wrestler originally from the city of Chita in Aichi Prefecture and sumo stable Kitanoumi. His highest rank was jūryō 2 which he achieved in the 1998 wrestling tournament (also known as basho in Japanese) but soon after he fell to the third-lowest division and retired.
Tominohana is a professional Taiwanese sumo wrestler from the town of Keelung. He debuted in May 1988 and wrestled last for stable Takadagawa. Jonidan 31 was his highest ranking and in January1992 he retired. Tominohana weighed 144 kg when he became professional sumo (317 Ib). During his sumo career, he gained a huge weight, weighing 241.5 kg (532 Ib), which makes him the fifth most heavy sumo wrestler ever. Tominohana is a yotsu-sumo style wrestler who prefers to use grappling to pushing and thrusting techniques. He won more than half his battles with an easy yorikiri or forceout.
4. Kenho Mitsuo
Born on February 10, 1989, Ōsaki, Kenho Mitsuo is a Japanese Wrestler trained in Tokitsukaze stable. The wrestler weighs 204 kg and has a height of 180 cm.
3. Yamamotoyama Ryūta
Yamamotoyama Ryūta is a retired Japanese sumo wrestler in Saitama prefecture from Saitama City. In January 2007 he made his professional debut and managed to finish in January 2009 in the top Makuuchi division. Magashira 9 was his highest ranking. Yamamotoyama is the heaviest Japanese-born sumo wrestler in history, with 265 kg (584 lb), and is also believed to be the heaviest Japanese person ever. Yamamotoyama, throughout his career, won Most National and World Sumo Championships. After his promotion, he presented photographers with two rice bags and told reporters that he was trying to weigh around 241 kg, breaking the record for a rikishi then held by Japanese rikishi Susanoumi and he was so glutton that once he ate 146 sushi pieces.
2. Konishiki Yasokichi
The Hawaiian-born sumo champion Konishiki Yasokichi is popular in Japan. He was the first non-Japanese to reach ōzeki, the sport’s second-highest level, and is the second heaviest wrestler ever. He won the Top Division Championship on three occasions in his career and almost reached on becoming the first foreign-born grand champion, or yokozuna, leading to a debate as to whether a foreigner might have the cultural understanding that is acceptable in sumo’s ultimate rank. He was the heaviest wrestler ever in the sumo at the time with a peak weight of 287 kg (633 lb) and was named “Meat Bomb” and “Dump Truck”. By 1992 he was almost the winner of all his matches by yori-kiri (forcing out an opponent), and one of the concerns raised by the Yokozuna Deliberation Committee was his lack of ability to change tack once he had been sidestepped. He held the title of heaviest and largest sumo wrestler since March 1996 but was only outweighed recently by Russian sumo Ōrora in 2017.
1. Ōrora Satoshi
The record of being the heaviest sumo wrestler ever who weighed 292.6 kg at the 2018 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, is held by Anatoly Mikhakhanov who was named Orora (Aurora) when he fought the third-highest makushita division.
Orora was extremely weighty over nearly all of the opponents. In January 2012 the sport saw the largest disparity ever in a professional sumo bout in a match between 190 kg (420 lb) Orora and 83 kg (183 lb) wrestler Ohara.
Straightforward force out or yori-kiri (Tap out) is Orora’s most common winning technique.
But his lack of speed and agility severely restricted Orora limiting him to only win approximately half his battles.