January 2018, Day 11, Terunofuji v Ishiura

After an eight day hiatus, Terunofuji returns to the dohyo only to lose immediately to lil’ Ishiura. Ishiura gets around to the backside, no small feat considering Terunofuji’s considerable circumference. Ishiura (6-5) is two wins away from his kachikoshi, and Terunofuji (0-4-7) can only hope to stem the bleeding in the last few days of the tournament.

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November 2017, Day 4, Terunofuji v Kotoshogiku

Someone had to win this bout between two 0-3 ex-Ozekis. Terunofuji continues his downward slide, showing little strength or effort and getting dominated by Kotoshogiku. His only display of emotion is a small head shake after the loss, but there shouldn’t be anything mysterious to him about it. He needs to find the fire again.

November 2017, Day 3, Terunofuji v Yoshikaze

A battle at the Sekiwake rank today, and Yoshikaze comes out top to earn his first victory of the tournament. Terunofuji seems to lack power – his tachiai is lackluster and he has no answer for Yoshikaze, who stays busy to get underneath Terunofuji’s center of gravity and walk him out for the yorikiri win. Former Ozeki Terunofuji falls to 0-3.

September 2017, Day 5, Terunofuji v Shohozan

Shohozan’s still nursing a big welt on his eyebrow from Day 1, but again he leads with his face at the tachiai against Ozeki Terunofuji. Terunofuji’s height advantage gives him a strong kime (double-overarm arm lock) position, and he tries to stretch Shohozan out like a piece of taffy. But Shohozan pulls the old “I’m a cat that doesn’t want to get picked up” move and makes his torso incredibly long, hanging in there with an underarm belt grip until he can maneuver Terunofuji over the edge of the ring. Nice work by Shohozan to pick up his third win. Terunofuji is now in dire straits, falling to 1-4 in a tournament where he must get eight wins to avoid demotion from Ozeki status.

September 2017, Day 4, Terunofuji v Onosho

The list of undefeated wrestlers in this tournament is getting shorter, but Onosho keeps hanging in there with the other four. He continues to show great confidence in his bouts against the best of the division, charging head-on into Terunofuji’s chest and standing up the Ozeki with a hand to the neck, before pulling down hard to drop Terunofuji to the clay. Onosho moves to 4-0 along with M1 Kotoshogiku, M3 Chiyotairyu, M9 Takanoiwa, and M11 Daieisho.

September 2017, Day 2, Terunofuji v Kotoshogiku

‘Giku’s on fiyaaah! Maybe without the pressure of maintaining his rank, without having to worry about performing up to everyone’s expectations and preserving his legacy, maybe that’s freed him up to have fun and bust some heads. He’s looked good taking out two Ozeki in a row, and he probably gets no small measure of satisfaction beating the men up at his former rank and proving he can still compete. Today’s victim is Terunofuji, who, like Goeido, is also on kadoban status and in danger of losing his Ozeki rank should he lose 8 or more bouts this tournament. Things aren’t looking good for Terunofuji, as he falls to 0-2.

May 2017, Hakuho Yusho compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the May 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his 38th top-division championship with a perfect record of 15-0. Over the course of fifteen wins he used seven different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), hatakikomi (2), uwatenage (2), uwatedashinage (2), yoritaoshi (2), uwatehineri, and oshidashi. Congrats to the champ!