May 2017, Day 15, Daishomaru v Ura

Ura, man, that’s kinda not cool. Everyone knows your tachiai is a little weird, you don’t charge forward with full effort, and that’s part of your style. But today you literally stepped backwards. Granted, hooking under the leg of Daishomaru and swinging him out with the beltless arm throw was a nice finish. But your 11-4 record is going to mean a good promotion next tournament, and it’ll be interesting to see how some really top-notch wrestlers handle your unorthodox sumo. Good luck!

May 2017, Day 14, Ura v Takakeisho

Ura drops two in a row, getting blasted off the ring by Takakeisho. Takakeisho stays just as low as Ura at the tachiai, driving him back to the tawara where Ura plants his right foot and tries to escape to the side. But Takakeisho follows nicely and puts two hands on Ura’s chest, sending him flying. Both men have had excellent tournaments so far, finishing the day at 10-4.

May 2017, Day 13, Ura v Ikioi

Ura goes low at the tachiai with a step to the left, and then tries to grab onto Ikioi’s legs. But Ikioi steps back just out of reach and pushes down on Ura’s back. With nothing to hold onto, Ura falls to a record of 10-3 and out of title contention. Ikioi picks up his ninth win.

May 2017, Day 12, Hokutofuji v Ura

Ura swings hard at Hokutofuji at the tachiai, trying to drive him to the left. But Hokutofuji holds his ground and squares up with Ura, tangling arms in an attempt to control the tricky wrestler’s body. It doesn’t work. Ura jumps sideways and backwards, ending up behind Hokutofuji as Hokutofuji stumbles by on his way out of the ring. Hokutofuji already has a winning record of 8-4, but he’d love to add more to the win column and earn a better promotion. Ura has compiled an outstanding record of 10-2 in only his second tournament in the top division. He’s still in the title hunt with three days remaining.

May 2017, Day 11, Ura v Shodai

Yesterday Shodai reversed his position against Sokokurai and slipped out of danger for the win. Today he gets a taste of his own medicine when Ura seemingly vanishes out of thin air, reappearing behind him and ushering Shodai out for the okuridashi (rear push out) victory. Ura improves to an impressive 9-2, still in contention for the championship, while Shodai finishes the day at 8-3.

May 2017, Day 10, Kaisei v Ura

Man, I love a good kirikaeshi, and Ura executes it flawlessly. Getting Kaisei stumbling forward with the katasukashi (under-shoulder swing down), Ura then charges into the side of Kaisei, who defends with a right-side armlock throw. But Ura quickly catches himself by hooking his left leg behind Kaisei’s right, and leaning into his big opponent to drop him with the kirikaeshi (twisting backwards knee trip). Ura gets his second consecutive top-division kachikoshi (winning record), improving to 8-2, while Kaisei picks up his fourth loss.

May 2017, Day 9, Shohozan v Ura

Shohozan looks completely out of sorts against Ura, slapping ineffectively at Ura’s head which is about waist high. With Shohozan occupied trying to figure out the strange posture, Ura charges forward underneath Shohozan’s arms, connects with the midsection, and pushes him easily from the ring. The two men are headed in opposite directions this tournament, Ura at 7-2 and Shohozan at 2-7.