Ulambayaryn Byambajav

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Daishōchi Kenta
大翔地 健太
Personal information
BornByambajav Ulambayar
(1984-11-24) November 24, 1984 (age 34)
Ulan-Bator, Mongolia
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight152 kg (335 lb)
Career
StableShibatayama
Record95-66-14
DebutJuly 2001
Highest rankMakushita 15 (March 2005)
RetiredSeptember 2005
Championships1 (Jonokuchi)
* Up to date as of May 2013.

Ulambayar Byambajav, known professionally as Byamba, previously Daishōchi Kenta, (Mongolian: Уламбаярын Бямбажав; Japanese: 大翔地 健太; born 24 November 1984) is an amateur sumo wrestler from Ulan-Bator, Mongolia. He is a two-time winner of the Sumo World Championships, in 2006 and 2007. He is 6'1" tall, weighing 350 lb. He has also entered in over 100 matches winning all gold medals, in Japan, Mongolia, Thailand, US, Italy, Germany, and more. He also featured as a model for the Subaru car company.

In September 2009 he won in the 115+ kg and overall category at the US Open Championship held in California.[1]

He was formerly a professional sumo wrestler (rikishi) who competed under the shikona of Daishōchi. He was a member of Shibatayama stable from July 2001 until September 2005, reaching a highest rank of makushita 15.[2]

Professional sumo career record[edit]

Daishōchi Kenta[2]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
2001 x x x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #46
6–1–PPP
Champion

 
East Jonidan #73
6–1
 
2002 West Jonidan #3
5–2
 
East Sandanme #68
3–4
 
East Sandanme #87
4–3
 
West Sandanme #69
5–2
 
East Sandanme #39
4–3
 
West Sandanme #23
3–4
 
2003 West Sandanme #39
3–4
 
West Sandanme #57
6–1
 
East Sandanme #6
3–4
 
West Sandanme #16
6–1
 
East Makushita #37
5–2
 
West Makushita #26
1–6
 
2004 West Makushita #48
6–1
 
East Makushita #20
2–5
 
West Makushita #37
2–5
 
East Sandanme #2
6–1
 
West Makushita #29
4–3
 
East Makushita #24
4–3
 
2005 East Makushita #19
4–3
 
West Makushita #15
3–4
 
West Makushita #20
4–3
 
West Makushita #15
Sat out due to injury
0–0–7
West Makushita #55
Retired
0–0–7
x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

US film and television appearances[edit]

He was featured as a sumo wrestler in the film Ocean's Thirteen (2007). In 2010, he spent 1 week in the house of Gran Hermano 12 (Big Brother Spain). In February 2013, he was featured on the American television show King of the Nerds. In April 2014, he appeared as the celebrity special guest on the CW comedy improv series Whose Line Is It Anyway?. In May 2015, he appeared alongside Yamamotoyama Ryūta in an episode of The Bachelorette.

Byamba appeared in the April 16, 2015, episode of the TruTV series Impractical Jokers, titled "Pseudo-Sumo". The loser, Joe, was told he was going to be in a baby commercial, and was then surprised by Byamba. Byamba appeared again on Impractical Jokers, on August 16, 2018, in an episode titled "Bull Shiatsu", in which Joe lost again. This time Joe was dressed inside a home-made massage chair, manually massages people at a mall. The punishment didn't end until he massages his former adversary, Byamba. In 2016, he appeared as a figure skating sumo wrestler in a television advertisement for GEICO.[3] In 2017 he promoted a new variety of mandarin orange called the "Sumo Citrus" in Lindsay, California.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mongolian Sumo Wrestler Grabs Gold in US Open Championship". UB Post. 6 Oct 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  2. ^ a b "Daishochi Kenta Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  3. ^ "GEICO "Sumo Wrestler Figure Skating" Commercial".
  4. ^ "Valley citrus company enlists champion sumo wrestler to help with marketing". ABC 30 Action News. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.

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