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How fat are sumo wrestlers?

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In 1953, the average weight of a sumo wrestler was 317 pounds, with an average height of 5' 11''. Today's sumo practitioner is 3.2 inches taller, but 95 pounds heavier.

The traditional minimum weight a "stable" will accept a wrestler for training is 165 pounds. Even though there are no weight divisions, a 165 pound individual would be looking at years of bulking up through training and the Sumo diet to to get a more acceptable fighting weight of 250+.

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Sumo wrestlers come in all sizes and weights. However, they do not compete by weight class as wrestlers do in the Olympics. At the 1991 Spring Tournament, the lightest sumo was 94.5 kg and the heaviest was 253.5 kg.

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the average sumo wrestler's BMI is around 45, so compared to an average 180cm male, he would weigh 300kg

Some wrestler such as Terao (6'1, 260lbs) and Mainoumi (5'8,230lbs)had hardly any fat on them. They wrestled in different ranks in the top division. Chiyonofuji was the Michael Jordan of Sumo at a purely muscled 5'11, 270lbs.

Konishiki on the other hand was a giant of fat. A 6'0, 670lb Samoan had the perfect build for sumo. He was enormously strong but gained his flab all over instead of the stomach like most sumo wrestlers, which gave him a low center of gravity. Whereas a lot of sumo wrestlers only have big stomachs, Konishiki's fat was in his arms, butt legs and chest as well as his stomach. He enjoyed the sumo lifestyle at his large size (tutoring junior guys while having them wait on him hand and foot like slaves washing, massaging, and dressing him and running all his errands, etc). His love of getting bigger and continuous eating though made him too big for his knees which couldn't support his 600lbs+. He's since retired and after 10 years of yoyo weight loss (knowing he needed to lose weight but wanted to continue getting bigger, not smaller). He's had gastric bypass surgery and is down to around the mid 300's.

So it's up to the individual how fat he wants to get. Most wrestlers get fatter until it becomes a hindrance and most slowly (and healthily) lose the weight after retirement.

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It depends on the wrestler, his build, and his style of fighting. For example, former wrestler Mainoumi was only 5'8 and chunked up to approx. 230 at his heaviest. Because of his size, he had to rely more on speed and agility. He was "pudgy" by sumo standards but it suited him. There are a few wrestlers who do not look fat at all and are competing in the makounuchi (top division...made up of 5 ranks).

Chiyonofuji was the Michael Jordan of sumo and was a 5'11, 270 muscle bound powerhouse, with no fat at all.

On the opposite end was the Samoan born, Konishiki. At 6'0, 670lbs he's the heaviest wrestler in history. His build allowed him to gain muscle and fat all over rather than concentrated in the mid section. Because of this he had a very low center of gravity and preferred using size, strength and weight rather than speed and agility. He style was more pushing out of the ring (doyo) rather than tripping or other more technical maneuvers.

Because of his build and style he intentionally continued to add size and weight to himself. However once he passed 600lbs his knees tired quickly due to previous injuries playing high school football. This caused him to slow down in the ring and he lost as many matches as he won.

He was 670lbs when he retired. His best fighting size (balancing weight and speed) was when he was around 550lbs but sheer volumes of food and a love of getting bigger and bigger got the best of him. He had hoped to become an 800lb Yokozuna (highest rank in sumo). But instead he achieved a 670lb Ozeki (2nd highest rank). When he retired he was a Maegeshira (lowest rank in the top division)

He retired and struggled with his weight for 10 years. Knowing he should lose the weight but internally wanting to become much bigger. He managed to drop to 500lbs but being that size didn't feel right and he balooned back up to 580 - 600lbs. In the past couple of years he's had stomach staple surgery and has managed to drop to 350lbs.

So there is no correct answer to your question...it depends on the style of fighting as well as the shape and desired size of the wrestler.

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12y ago

Yes, there is, 165 pounds and a height of 173 cm have been the stated requirements for many decades. However, recently there has been a relaxation of the specific rules to allow for amateur record and 'visible potential' to be considered as well.

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13y ago

About 3-feet or 4-feet wide pretty fat if you ask me.
Depends on which age/weight group you fight in.

Otherwise, very.

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Many of them are fat because they try to use their weight to push others.

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5'11

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