List of sumo record holders
This is a list of records held by wrestlers of professional sumo. Only performances in official tournaments or honbasho are included here. Since 1958 six honbasho have been held every year, giving wrestlers from the modern era more opportunities to accumulate championships and wins. Before this, tournaments were held less frequently; sometimes only once or twice per year.
Names in bold indicate a still active wrestler. The tables are up to date as of the end of the September 2018 tournament.
- 1 Most top division championships
- 2 Most wins
- 3 Best top division win ratios
- 4 Most bouts
- 5 Most consecutive bouts
- 6 Most tournaments
- 7 Progress to top division
- 8 Most special prizes
- 9 Most gold stars
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
Most top division championships
Most career championships
Most undefeated championships
This table lists wrestlers with the most championships achieved without a single loss, which is known as a zenshō-yūshō. Tournaments have been consistently fifteen days long since May 1949. Before that date there were a number of different lengths, including ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen days. The records of Tachiyama, Tochigiyama and Tsunenohana also include some draws, holds and rest days.
Most consecutive championships
+ Includes a sweep of all six tournaments in 2005. Asashōryū remains the only sumotori to have won all tournaments in a 6-tournament calendar year (post-1949).
Most championship playoffs
Most career wins
Most top division wins
Most wins in a calendar year (90 bouts)
Most consecutive wins
|1||Futabayama||69||7 January 1936||3 January 1939||2 years, 11 months and 27 days||Akinoumi|
|2||Tanikaze||63||1 October 1778||6 February 1782||3 years, 4 months and 5 days||Onogawa|
|Hakuhō||63||14 January 2010||2 November 2010||9 months and 19 days||Kisenosato|
|4||Umegatani I||58||1 April 1876||8 January 1881||4 years, 9 months and 7 days||Wakashima|
|5||Tachiyama||56||9 January 1912||7 May 1916||4 years, 3 months and 28 days||Tochigiyama|
|6||Chiyonofuji||53||7 May 1988||15 November 1988||6 months and 8 days||Ōnokuni|
|7||Taihō||45||2 September 1968||2 March 1969||6 months||Toda|
Most consecutive wins from entry into sumo
|Name||Wins||Start||End||Duration||Defeated by||Highest rank|
|1||Jōkōryū||27||11 July 2011||20 January 2012||6 months and 9 days||Senshō||Komusubi|
|2||Itai||26||12 November 1978||16 May 1979||6 months and 4 days||Ōnishiki||Komusubi|
|Tochiazuma II||26||15 January 1995||12 September 1995||7 months and 28 days||Dewaarashi||Ōzeki|
|4||Tokitenkū||22||8 September 2002||11 March 2003||6 months and 3 days||Furuichi||Komusubi|
|5||Kototenzan||21||12 January 1986||20 July 1986||6 months and 8 days||retired||Makushita 43|
|Enhō||21||15 May 2017||13 November 2017||1 year, 4 months and 8 days||Jōkōryū||Juryo 14|
Best top division win ratios
The list includes yokozuna and ōzeki (the highest rank before the yokozuna rank was introduced), but excludes so-called kanban or "guest ōzeki" (usually big men drawn from local crowds to promote a tournament who would never appear on the banzuke again) and wrestlers for which insufficient data is available.
In 1927, Tokyo sumo merged with Osaka sumo and most of the sumo systems were changed, so any pre-1927 records are disregarded. The list excludes active wrestlers. Among active wrestlers, at the end of the September 2018 tournament, Hakuhō had 1001 wins against 180 losses, giving a ratio of 84.8%.
Losses by default are excluded.
Most career bouts
Most top division bouts
Most consecutive bouts
Most consecutive career bouts
* Did not miss any bouts in entire career
Most consecutive top division bouts
The March 2011 tournament was cancelled and is not included in these totals.
Most tournaments ranked in the top division
Most tournaments ranked at yokozuna
Most tournaments ranked at ōzeki
Most tournaments ranked in junior san'yaku (komusubi and sekiwake ranks)
Progress to top division
The table for the fastest progress shows wrestlers with the fewest tournaments from their professional debut to their top division debut since the six tournaments a year system was introduced in 1958. It excludes makushita tsukedashi and sandanme tsukedashi entrants who made their debut in the third makushita division and the fourth sandanme division.
Fastest progress to top division
Slowest progress to top division
Most special prizes
Most gold stars
- List of active gold star earners
- List of active special prize winners
- Glossary of sumo terms
- List of active sumo wrestlers
- List of past sumo wrestlers
- List of sumo tournament top division champions
- List of sumo tournament second division champions
- List of sumo stables
- List of years in sumo
- List of yokozuna
- Raiden is said to have had the best record in 28 tournaments between 1790 and 1810, Tanikaze 21 between 1772 and 1793, and Kashiwado 16 between 1812 and 1822. Tachiyama won two unofficial championships and nine official, giving him a total of 11.
- the winning streaks of Tanikaze, Umegatani, and Tachiyama were interrupted by draws and rest days. The others listed were all wins only.
- Losses by default are excluded, but wins by default are included; as is standard in sumo records.