Emanuel Yarbrough had a forgettable MMA career that ended in 1998 with a total of three bouts and just one win. But now Yarbrough has a record that won't soon be forgotten: The 6-foot-8, 704-pound sumo wrestler was named the "Heaviest Living Athlete" by Guinness World Records.
The 47-year-old Yarbrough, a former wrestler and offensive tackle at Morgan State, was one of the most recognizable American sumo wrestlers. In fact, he won the 1995 World Amateur Sumo Champion.
Yarbrough is featured in the new eBook "Wacky Sporting Champions," which honors some impressive but under-publicized athletes. Other records include: "Longest distance cycled in one hour without using hands" (23.25 miles), "Fastest 100 meter hurdles wearing swim fins" (18.523 seconds) and "Farthest throw of a person" (15 feet, 11 inches).
Here he is in action in an MMA match against a man that weighed 169 pounds.
Amazingly, 704 pounds is Yarbrough on a diet. He has apparently weighed in at 800 pounds during his career, and Sports Illustrated listed his high at 822 pounds.
As you can see in this profile, Yarbrough's nickname is Tiny. A little ironic, don't you think?
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