Two-time world champion Byambajav Ulambayar, born in 1984 in Mongolia, on wrestling against fat stereotypes: Some people think sumo wrestlers are fat. We are more muscular than people realize. I weighed about 350 pounds (158 kilograms) in Japanese professional sumo, and my body fat was eleven percent. It is a little higher now, but it is still much lower than the average American's. When I trained in Japan, I practiced five hours, with no break, on an empty stomach every day. Here in the United States of America, guys are not willing to practice that much. So I supplement traditional Japanese sumo training sessions with other exercises like weightlifting, and I jog and play basketball. I also cook and eat healthy foods. Flexibility is the most important aspect of sumo; you need to move and bend quickly in the ring (dohyō). I can do a full split while pressing my chest flat on the floor, explained Byambajav Ulambayar in ESPN magazine.
Besides Byambajav Ulambayar, other non-Japanese sumo wrestlers include Akebono Tarō, Jesse Kuhaulua, Baruto Kaito, Musashimaru Koyo, Konishiki Yasokichi, Emanuel Manny Yarbrough, Olga Davydko, Alina Boykova, and Olesya Kovalenko. Christian fundamentalists/evangelicals hate sumo because it is intertwined with Shinto pagan rituals.