At 6 feet, 8 inches, 704 pounds, Emmanuel Yarborough sticks out in a crowd – even a crowd of Guinness World Records holders.Yarborough, 47, is an amateur sumo wrestler who has also competed in mixed martial arts judo, wrestling, and college football.His record has been inauspicious — he has a 2-4 as an MMA pro — but he dominates the field in one area: heft. Yarborough is the worlds heaviest living athlete, according to Guinness World Records. It’s an honor he has carried with him (along with the massive gut) since 2001.
It’s been a good life that has included featured roles in Bollywood films and the HBO prison drama Oz, but one thing that has weighed on him is the lack of interaction with other world record holders.
Sumo wrestling is a game for overweight men. But despite the stress that all the extra mass puts on the body, it’s possible to have a much longer career than football players.While his weight is what got him noticed, the aspiring sumo professional stated:” I’m trying to lose weight. I can’t maintain this weight healthily and get the most out of the sport. Kelly Gneiting ran a marathon at 400 pounds. He’s fat, but he’s an agile, athletic guy”.
While Yarborough admits that being over 700 pounds for sumo wrestling is unhealthy, he doesn’t want to discourage anyone from the sport, and even goes as far as saying that its a great tool for getting in shape.
When he was younger he weighted more than 800 pounds (370 kg), and was introduced to sumo by his judo coach. Seven years later he became an amateur world champion. Emmanuel Yarboroug holds the Guinness record for world’s heaviest living athlete. He wears a size 21 shoe, which also places him among the people with the biggest feet in the world.