January 2018, Day 2, Tochiozan v Shohozan

Tochiozan and Shohozan put on a good show of blue-collar sumo, nothing fancy, just plain ol’ shoving around. Tochiozan gets pushed back to the edge of the ring where he survives with his heels hanging over the edge, a deep squat and some serious strength saving his bacon. He fights back briefly, but Shohozan is relentless and a renewed attack quickly sends Tochiozan over the edge for good.

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November 2017, Hakuho Yusho Compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the November 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Kyushi, earning his fortieth(!) top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (3), uwatenage (3), uwatedashinage (2), oshidashi (2), hatakikomi (1), okuridashi (1), tsukiotoshi (1), and yoritaoshi (1).

November 2017, Day 6, Kisenosato v Tochiozan

Yokozuna Kisenosato needs to get as many wins in the first half of the tournament as he can before he has to fight the strong Ozeki and Yokozuna contingent later on. It still doesn’t seem like he’s at 100%, but he looks good enough today against Tochiozan, who loses for the sixth time in a row. Kisenosato improves to 4-2.

November 2017, Day 5, Tochiozan v Hakuho

Another day, another win for Yokozuna Hakuho. He makes short work of Tochiozan, pulling off a nice matador move to send his opponent stumbling by. Hakuho stays tied for the tournament lead at 5-0 with Ozeki Goeido and Aminishiki.

November 2017, Day 3, Goeido v Tochiozan

Goeido looks motivated to repeat his success from last tournament. He seems focused, calm, aggressive. Great thudding tachai, solid pressure, and then a quick katasukashi (under-shoulder swing down) that catches Tochiozan completely off guard. All without losing his own balance or backpedaling. Good stuff from the Ozeki.