600lb Sumo fighter fights a 169lbs MMA Fighter
The fight took place in Japan for the Pride fighting association in the event Pride 3 in 1998. In 1995 Emanuel won the world amateur Sumo Championship, becoming one of the most famous sumo wrestlers outside of japan. He also held a Brown belt in judo, wrestled in college and played football. Being a NCAA All American winner in 1983, 1985 and 1986 for Morgan State University.
When UFC 3 came about the organizers saw this behemoth of a man and thought he would be the perfect fit for their show. He didn’t last long being beaten in under 2 minutes by Keith Hackney.
After this he spent a bit of time competing in professional wrestling in Germany, fighting the likes of Jason Neidhart and Osamu Nishimura.
In 1998 Shooto came calling and pitted him against another Pro Wrestler called Tatsuo Nakano. Emanuel managed to get Tatsuo onto the ground and smothered him with his weight. Pride came calling a couple of months later and put him up against Daiju Takase who managed to avoid Emanuel and got him to tap out to a succession of punches on the mat.
Sadly in 2015 Emanuel died at the age of 51 having spent his whole life battling food addiction. At his peak he weight 882lbs making him the heaviest living athlete ever.