September 2017, Day 15, Okinoumi v Sadanoumi

Last day of the tournament, last day for Okinoumi to get his eighth win and avoid demotion down to the second-tier Juryo division. Good tachiai, gets the left-handed underhand grip against Sadanoumi pretty quickly, and starts reaching for the right. But Sadanoumi shifts his hips and clamps down with his right arm, breaking Okinoumi’s belt grip on that side and starting a push for the edge. Okinoumi takes a couple of steps back before he can finally grab that right-handed overarm grip, and now he can plant his left foot and go for the finish. Sadanoumi goes upside down, the victim of a nice uwatenage (overarm throw). Okinoumi breathes a big sigh of relief, safe at 8-7. Sadanoumi finishes 2-8-5, perhaps a poor enough record to see him drop from the Makuuchi division next tournament. Here’s hoping he heals up and returns to form.

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September 2017, Day 14, Sadanoumi v Kagayaki

Sadanoumi shoves out Kagayaki hard, and they both tumble to the ground beneath the dohyo. A nice sidestep near the edge sets up the move, and Sadanoumi earns his second win of the tournament. Kagayaki only has four.

September 2017, Day 13, Nishikigi v Sadanoumi

Slow clap for Sadanoumi, who gets his first win on Day 13. Kudos to him for not giving up, and bringing the fight to Nishikigi with a strong belt game that keeps him upright when Nishikigi tries to shuck him off. Sadanoumi sits at 1-5-7 (one win, five losses, and seven absences that count as losses). Nishikigi drops his eighth loss, in risk of falling to Juryo next tournament if he loses any more.

September 2017, Day 12, Endo v Sadanoumi

Alright, Endo’s out of the doghouse. Two consecutive makekoshi (one due to injury) sent him plummeting from M1 to M14, and he was in danger of dropping out of the top division with another losing record this tournament. But he earns his eighth win against a struggling Sadanoumi, fighting off Sadanoumi’s attempts at a belt grip to get a double-underarm belt grip of his own, which he quickly turns into a fine underarm throw (shitatenage) that sends Sadanoumi tumbling out of the ring. Sadanoumi has yet to win a bout after returning from injury on Day 6.

September 2017, Day 8, Asanoyama v Sadanoumi

Asanoyama’s feet keep him in this one. When Sadanoumi tries to push him sideways and pull him down, Asanoyama stays mobile and keeps his feet moving, making sure his torso doesn’t get too far ahead of his hips. He looks solid and confident for a youngster who finds himself in the top division in only his tenth professional tournament.

September 2017, Day 6, Yutakayama v Sadanoumi

Sadanoumi sat out the first five days of the tournament, so this is actually his first bout on Day 6. Youngster Yutakayama welcomes him back to the dohyo with some strong sumo, starting out with a solid tachiai and some tough tsuppari followed by an arm lock throw attempt from the left side that throws Sadanoumi off balance but doesn’t break Sadanoumi’s right-handed underarm belt grip. Sadanoumi recovers, adding a left-handed underarm grip to his attack that puts Yutakayama on the defensive. With Sadanoumi well under his center of gravity and running out of room, Yutakayama’s only shot is to try again with the arm lock throw. He tries the left side first, since that puts Sadanoumi closer to the edge of the ring, but Sadanoumi gets his foot on the tawara and keeps charging forward. Using Sadanoumi’s momentum against him, Yutakayama switches things up and cranks with the right arm this time. Paydirt. He doesn’t even have a great lock on the arm, so it’s as much a result of pushing with his right fist into Sadanoumi’s ribs, but Yutakayama gets the impressive win.