2017 US SUMO OPEN – 17th Annual

2017 US Sumo Open

photos: Dustin Snipes


SATURDAY, June 17, 2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (doors open 12 noon)
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach

You will see the most dynamic sumo action yet. Over 60 sumo stars from 15 countries are training now for the 2017 US Sumo Open, with many repeat powerhouses from last year. Returning to the Pyramid for the 4th year in a row, the US Sumo Open is not to be missed.

At the 2016 US SUMO OPEN, 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba reclaimed glory, with a 13-0 record, winning both heavyweight and openweight divisions, undefeated! He has won gold at 9 US Sumo Opens! American standout Roy Sims won silver in both divisions, beating 11 other opponents, and losing only to Byamba.

The 37 foreign competitors (out of 55 athletes) were dominant, with most medals going to Mongolia, Russia, Egypt, India, and Poland. Will any Americans (besides Roy) step up in 2017?

** Prelim Matches planned for Friday evening, June 16. More details soon ($10 cash at the door).


This is your one chance in 2017 to catch this level of sumo action LIVE! TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!


BLEACHER SEATING - All GA, i.e. no assigned seating

FLOOR SEATING - All Assigned Seating and Waiter Service

  • $120 only via USA SUMO
    These include the FIRST TWO rows of padded chairs. You also get EXCLUSIVE BACKSTAGE ACCESS to the post-tournament reception. Mingle with the Sumo Champions, and enjoy complimentary food & drink. These are the BEST seats in the house, and sell out quickly. Ringside tickets are non-refundable.

Pyramid Box Office: (562) 985-4949

* For FLOOR SEATING, purchase early, to get the best locations (assigned seating).
* For BLEACHER SEATING, show up early at the venue, to choose the seats you like best.

GROUP SALES: For groups of 20+, please inquire for special Group Rates. contact

* Due to increasing attendance, we are planning to lower the third bleacher section, to accommodate even bigger crowds. The stage orientation is also shifting by 90 degrees.

* Friday evening Prelims: As a teaser to the Saturday competition, we’ll hold the preliminary rounds on Friday evening. For those who want to get a taste of the action early, come by Friday night, June 16 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm), $10 cash at the door. The top finishers on Friday evening advance to Saturday’s main event.

* This schedule packs in ALL the best action on Saturday, from 1 pm – 4 pm. You get all the final rounds of Lightweight, Middleweight, and Heavyweight, plus all the Openweight matches in a 3-hour window!!

* No pro-grade cameras allowed. Attendees may shoot video or photos for personal use only (not for posting or broadcast), Thank you.

  • 2016 US SUMO OPEN -- Official Video
  • 2016 US SUMO OPEN - Champions
  • 2016 US SUMO OPEN - Official Teaser
  • A Gentle Giant: Becoming the Great American Sumo


Byambajav Ulambayar
6’1″   353 lbs
4-time World Champion
US Sumo Open gold (9 years!)
Roy Sims
6’5″   371 lbs
#3 at World Championships
US Sumo Open gold (2015)
Davaanyam Altangerel
6’2″   302 lbs
US Sumo Open medals (4x)
Mongolian wrestling champ
Ramy Elgazar
6’3″   483 lbs
Egyptian Sumo Champ
US Sumo Open gold (2015)
Konstantin Abdula-Zade
6’0″   232 lbs
US Sumo Open silver (2016)
Jr. World Champion (2014)
Takeshi Amitani
5’7″   240 lbs
5-time Japanese University Champ


Two good lodging options are available for fans, athletes, media, and others:

  • On-Campus Housing: This is the most convenient option, just a few minutes walk from the venue. The package includes room + three (3) all-you-can-eat meals per day. Rates are only $67 per night, per person (shared room) or $89 per night for your own room. Availability is limited. Please contact us and book by May 13, to secure your room!
  • Hotel Current: This option is a 5-minute drive from the venue. To secure a rate of $119 (plus tax), please contact Nia at 562-597-1341 (extension 117).


Media Advisory


Please contact us for Registration information.  The entry deadline is May 20, 2017.

* The US SUMO OPEN, in compliance with standards from the International Sumo Federation, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), and USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) will hold doping testing for many 2017 US Sumo Open medallists, administered by USADA, and supported by the International Sumo Federation.


As the largest and longest-running, annual sumo competition worldwide, outside of Japan, the US Sumo Open has been the first to bring Pro Sumo Grand Champions as special guests, the first to pioneer women’s matches in American tournaments, the first to feature multiple World Sumo Champions in a single event, and the first to include former top-ranked Pro Sumo wrestlers in competition!

Since 2001, the annual US Sumo Open has been a hallmark event, setting milestones in international sumo’s growth, including multiple national TV broadcasts on Universal Sports Network. We’re proud to be pioneers in developing this ancient martial art in the United States.

The competition level is also spectacular, with over 400 international athletes who have wrestled. Most of these competitors have been National or World Sumo Champions — from nearly 30 different countries. This is the only sumo event in North America where you can catch this caliber of international sumo, every year.