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Updated: 2008-10-26


Country U.S.A. Age 48
Club Team Yokozuna / Sumo Height 203 cm / 6.7"
Style Sumo Weight 235 kg / 518 lbs
Categories WGP

The 64th Yokozuna

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 9 1 0 8 0
Other Fights 6 3 0 3 0
Statistics 15 27% 0% 73% 0


Akebono Taro, (born May 8, 1969 as Chad Haaheo Rowan) is a retired sumo wrestler. Born in Waimanalo, Hawaiʻi, Akebono became the first foreign born wrestler ever to reach Yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo, on January 27, 1993. His name Akebono means "dawn" in Japanese.

A truly great Sumo Wrestler, but he has had a hard time adapting to K-1. For more info >> Wikipedia

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Eldarbong (989 posts)
Posted: 2007-04-12 at: 08:38
K-1: please don't let this guy fight again. Ever. He belongs in MMA..or sumo.. not K1.
Feilidh (115 posts)
Posted: 2007-05-05 at: 09:49
He belongs on the biggest loser
Nejc (136 posts)
Posted: 2007-12-22 at: 10:10
I agree, Akebono should never fight in K-1 again. He really isn't up for the challenge. And it's always sad to watch his family while he's fighting.. if you know what I mean..
Sidekick (492 posts)
Posted: 2008-04-04 at: 06:59
The only thing I don't like from the K-1GP nowadays, is that they are putting more and more monsters in it, just for the fun of it..
I think this will ruin it for a lot of viewers eventully...These big guys should get their own league..
rene (42 posts)
Posted: 2008-05-12 at: 10:03
hehe very weird that somebody like this one can fight with real k1 fighters.just a stunt 4 publicity
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-09 at: 08:40
I remeber always feeling so sorry for his family, they always sat ringside at his fights, and i guess that they knew that he was gonna get badly hurt.

Akebono was brave to fight the best, and i think he has made a good decision to stop fighting in K-1.
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