This one really surprised me the other day. Chiyonofuji was very young and was unique among sumo wrestlers in that he never put on the massive weight that so many do. The dude was cut. I hope Getty and David Madison don’t get mad at me for using their picture but it really shows off his physique.
When it comes to King of the Hill, the bigger guy is harder to knock off. Putting on weight is thus a cheap way to compete when one is of average skill or average height. Chiyonofuji’s success is conclusive proof that he was far above average skill. His superior balance and power, along with his aggressiveness, proved unstoppable for 31 championships over his 10+ year reign.
I saw a crazy stat that 64% of Japanese TVs were tuned in to watch him beat Kitanoumi, another sumo giant we lost this year.