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PizDoff
7/28/2007 11:23pm,
N.J. Sumo Wrestler Must Shed 200 Pounds To Compete

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Even sumo wrestlers can weigh too much, as Emanuel "Tiny" Yarbrough can testify.

Yarbrough is trying to lose more than 200 pounds to improve his health and possibly take to the ring again in competitive sports.

The 42-year-old is a former sumo wrestling champion and nationally ranked judo competitor.
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The reason Yarbrough wants to shed the flab?

"I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want to just get back to my life," Yarbrough said.

Under a doctor's watch, he's trying to drop from a starting weight of 752 pounds to about 550 pounds.

That would allow him to take part next year in the U.S. Olympic judo qualifying match as well as the Sumo World Championships.

http://www.wnbc.com/news/13767025/detail.html

PizDoff
7/28/2007 11:28pm,
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Emanuel "Tiny" Yarbrough, a former sumo champion, is weighed Wednesday by Dr. Leah Solomon at her Morristown office.

'Tiny' fighting battle of bulge

By REBECCA SANTANA
The Associated Press

MORRISTOWN -- Even sumo wrestlers can weigh too much, as Emanuel "Tiny" Yarbrough can testify.

Yarbrough, a former sumo wrestling champion and nationally-ranked judo competitor, is trying to lose more than 200 pounds in an effort to improve his health and possibly take to the ring again in competitive sports.

"I was sick and tired of being sick and tired," said Yarbrough, 42, describing why he decided to lose the weight. "I want to just get back to my life."

Under a doctor's supervision, he's trying to drop from a starting weight of 752 pounds to about 550 pounds, and hopefully take part next year in the U.S. Olympic judo qualifying match as well as the Sumo World Championships.

The deep-voiced Yarbrough is in some ways an oddity -- a 6-foot-7 black man in a predominantly Japanese sport where he outweighs even the other heavyweights.

But his battle with the bulge reflects that of many other Americans.

Yarbrough said he didn't intentionally gain the weight for sumo. He put on the pounds the same way most people do: not enough exercise and too much eating.

His already poor eating habits didn't help. Raised in New Jersey by two parents from the South, he grew up eating a lot of fried foods. By the time he was 14, he already weighed 320 pounds.

He said that with his weight, life is a daily challenge. Before going to a restaurant, he has to call to make sure they have chairs that can fit and hold him. His Suburban was specially modified so the seat moves back an additional few inches to accommodate his height and girth. Short walks tire him out.

"Seven hundred pound people probably weren't built for walking around," Yarbrough said.

His weight also led to a host of health problems including hypertension, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.

Dr. Leah Solomon, a specialist in obesity issues who is treating him at her Morristown office, has had three meetings with him so far. She's recommended a combination of pre-made shakes and nutrition bars during the day and a meal consisting of half vegetables, a quarter starch and quarter protein in the evening. And he's drinking a lot of water.

One week into changing his eating habits, he's already lost about 26 pounds. Solomon gives him a 25-pound stack of weights she keeps in her office to give him an idea of the weight loss.

"I think you've had a great first week," Solomon told him. "I think the first 100 pounds are going to come off quickly."

Though Yarbrough said a reality television show featuring him is in the works, his size has made it almost impossible to find a traditional full-time job, so he's on disability.

Despite his weight, Yarbrough was always very active and involved in sports, including playing football and wrestling during college and becoming a brown belt in judo.

It was an invitation to the World Sumo Championships in 1992, an amateur event in Japan, that introduced him to a sport seemingly custom-made for his ample body and powerful legs.

"I thought sumo was two fat guys bumping bellies," Yarbrough said.

But he became fascinated by the rituals and culture associated with the sport. He placed second, and his sumo career took off. He captured the world amateur title in 1995, and landed guest spots on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and a profile on Nightline, to name a few.

Sitting in his doctor's office, Yarbrough said he knows that the odds are stacked against him competing again, but he wants to give it a try.

"I feel that at least I have a fighting chance," he said.

Former sumo champ hopes to lose weight, compete again.

http://www.c-n.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007707270306


So it seems this is the guy from UFC 3. Whoa!!!
http://i14.tinypic.com/4vd2fy8.jpg

pauli
7/28/2007 11:31pm,
morbidly obese 42 year olds are allowed to try out for the olympic judo team?

Roidie McDouchebag
7/28/2007 11:39pm,
He could be ripped and 400 lbs, LOL, and actually, maybe do something...like live to 50.

Greese
7/28/2007 11:54pm,
He has won a lot.

jtkarate
7/29/2007 12:09am,
both times I have seen him fight in the UFc and Pride he got beat . All that size didn't seem to help, he just either got gased or knocked out.

JohnnyCache
7/29/2007 12:19am,
morbidly obese 42 year olds are allowed to try out for the olympic judo team?

When they have previous experience in sumo and judo they can.

Deadmeat
7/29/2007 6:18pm,
I'd actually be interested in seeing him fight Teila Tuli (the Sumo from UFC 1). Pride could set it up as one of their freakshow bouts.

BumFu
7/30/2007 3:39pm,
When they have previous experience in sumo and judo they can.

As I recall his experience is actually in sumoo and judoo.

(at least according to the UFC 3 color-commentator)

Eldarbong
7/30/2007 5:39pm,
Joe Riggs could easily cut that weight.

Judah Maccabee
7/30/2007 6:31pm,
Jesus. I know Genki Sudo beat a guy 3x his size (Butterbean), but 550lbs? The next heaviest competitor would probably be 250-300lbs at most.

Gezere
7/30/2007 7:35pm,
He has won a lot.
In Sumo, yes. But I've never seen him in a Judo match and probably couldn't classify what he would do as Judo anyways. I have seen him in Pro Wrestling matches and it looks like the other wrestler carries him through the match.

I also have a Japanese movie he was in. Just a brief part, he comes in wreaks havoc then gets cut in half with a sword.

Teh El Macho
7/30/2007 7:45pm,
In Sumo, yes. But I've never seen him in a Judo match and probably couldn't classify what he would do as Judo anyways. I have seen him in Pro Wrestling matches and it looks like the other wrestler carries him through the match.

I also have a Japanese movie he was in. Just a brief part, he comes in wreaks havoc then gets cut in half with a sword.I would pay to watch that ****!!! And with a bag of popcorn to top it off!!!

OZZ
8/02/2007 8:20pm,
Good luck to him..
I remember seeing Keith Hackney floor him with a palm strike to the nose. Fucking great shot!

Hanniballistic
8/02/2007 8:43pm,
Wasn't it a ridge hand to the head?

Teh El Macho
8/03/2007 11:51am,
According to this guys, it wasn't neither a ridge hand nor a palm strike, but a power slap.

http://www.pekiti-tirsia.net/openHand.php?lang=en&soundsParam=on&file=openHand