In sumo wrestling, the Japan Sumo Association have a complex way of computing win-loss records of wrestlers and they have a formula for promotions to yokozuna, ozeki, sekiwake, komusibi and the other ranks, but basically, if you always have a positive record (meaning, always above 8 wins in a basho), then you are easily elevated to the higher ranks, especially if you have consistently beaten a more higher ranked rikishi in your fights, especially that of a yokozuna. So, even if you don't win any grand sumo championship, you could still be promoted to a yokozuna if you have a good record and especially if you have beaten the sanyakus, or the komusubi, sekiwake, ozeki and especially a yokozuna. Thus, the promotion of Futahaguro Koji to yokozuna when he had beaten the great Chinofuji in a grand sumo championship. Wish you luck.
1996 Nagoya Basho, 15th and final day
Kitao vs. Chiyonofuji
(Kitao [Futahaguro] earns promotion to yokozuna)
Futahaguro, still fighting under his family name of Kitao, jumped to the left at the tachi-ai or initial charge and immediately got a left hand outside grip. Chiyonofuji started with a right hand inside grip combined with a shallow left hand outside but quickly shifted to a more advantageous double inside grip. In spite of the yokozuna's better position, Kitao used his greater height and strength to launch an attack that drove Chiyonofuji to the edge. He tried to block Kitao's attack with a left handed shitatenage (underarm throw) but his much larger opponent responded with his own throw, winning the match by uwatenage (overarm throw). That win put both rikishi at identical 14-1 records for the tournament, forcing a play-off which Chiyonofuji eventually won. In spite of never having won a top division title, Kitao's second consecutive runner-up performance was considered good enough to earn him promotion to sumo's highest rank.
· 9 years ago