Here’s the sumo trivia you’ve been waiting to read: Who is the greatest Yokozuna in modern sumo history and from what country does he hail?
Dolgorsürengiin Dagvadorj, a Mongolian by birth, has been nothing if not controversial during his sumo career in Japan. The Yokozuna’s sometimes outlandish behavior made him an international celebrity, but also put him in the cross-hairs of the Japanese media. Some of the tension felt with Dagvadorj – who is widely known by his Japanese name Asahoryu Akinori – had to do with his “disrespect” for Japanese culture. Though there are some who would argue that anti-Mongolian sentiment also crept its way into news reports on his behavior outside the ring.
Regardless of his behavior Dagvadorj/Akinori is the only man in sumo history to win all six major tournaments (honbasho) in one year. It’s a difficult feat to compare within American folkstyle competitions so suffice in saying that this is a bad, bad man.
At 6’0 and 330 lbs. Akinori was considered an undersized sumo …