Manny Yarbrough, 700-Pound Sumo Wrestler, Looking to Lose Weight

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 21, 2013

Photo Credit: FOX Sports
Photo Credit: FOX Sports

Amateur sumo wrestler Manny "Tiny" Yarbrough is on a mission to slim down his 719-pound figure at the age of 49 as retirement beckons next year.

The 6'7" Yarbrough does not live up to his nickname whatsoever, but wants to more closely emulate it with his career winding down.     

In an interview with ABC News, which was documented by Fox Sports, Yarbrough intimated determination to get back into the shape he was in as an All-American wrestler at Morgan State during the mid-1980s:

I'm desperate to get back to my best college shape in time for the nationals next year. It's the sportsman in me, that never-give-up attitude. It's a challenge. I had to give it a shot because of that inner athlete in me pushing me to do it.

Some have nostalgia for the college life for different reasons, but in Yarbrough's case, he is using those sentiments to place a premium on remaining active in retirement. He went on to discuss what got him to be so massive, but noted the importance of feeling good once he leaves wrestling for good:

I'd do what everybody else did growing up, but from the age of about 6 I knew I was bigger than the others and probably always would be. Once I retire, it's about a quality of life I want to have.

Yarbrough, who according to UFC.com also fought in mixed martial arts in the 1990s, holds the Guinness World Record for heaviest athlete and is a former Sumo World Champion.

A lot of celebrities have supported Yarbrough, and it will be interesting to see if the world's biggest athlete can make the transition to retirement and cut down on the weight that has been his claim to fame.

On the website meetmannyy.com, Yarbrough himself notes that the past few years have been a "roller coaster" with regard to his attempts at losing weight. In a statement to fans, he shares some feelings and thoughts about his decision to shed weight.

The website also points out that the veteran wrestler was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame on March 2, 2013.


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