Here’s what’s at stake on senshuraku.
The yusho race
Mitakeumi (12-2) leads over an 11-3 trio that includes heavyweights Hakuho and Asanoyama and surprise contender Sadanoumi. The final bout of the tournament pairs Hakuho with Asanoyama, and will cut the list of contenders to at most 3. Should Mitakeumi defeat [checks notes] Tokushoryu, he lifts the Cup; lose, and he goes into a playoff with the winner of musubi-no-ichiban as well as possibly Sadanoumi, if the latter can beat Shodai. A third yusho for Mitakeumi would be unprecedented—no rikishi in history has won three while ranked below Ozeki.
Mitakeumi has secured another tournament at Sekiwake. Shodai (7-7) needs to win his final bout to do likewise, but he can’t fall lower than Komusubi. Daieisho (7-7) also faces a Darwin bout for his san’yaku rank, in his case against Abi. With Okinoumi (5-9) assured of demotion, there will be either one or two open slots.
With M1e Endo (3-11) out of contention, M2w Onosho (8-6) is in pole position and should claim the first open slot with a win. Should he falter against Kotoshogiku, two higher-ranked rikishi, both 7-7, can pass him with a win: M1w Yutakayama and M2e Takanosho. Also in the running are M7w Tokushoryu (10-4), M4w Aoiyama (8-6), and the M8 duo of Ishiura and Chiyotairyu, both 10-4.
M17 Terunofuji (0-7-7), M15 Chiyomaru (4-10), and M16 Kotoeko (5-9) are almost certainly headed down to Juryo, and could well be joined by M17 Kotoyuki (6-8), M11 Tochinoshin (3-11), and M10 Kaisei (3-11). There are only three strong promotion cases down in Juryo, so if some of these most endangered members of Makuuchi can record a final-day win, they might yet earn a lucky escape, or someone in Juryo could get a very generous promotion to the top division instead.