2018 US SUMO OPEN — 18th Annual

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach

See Sumo LIVE! The 18th annual US Sumo Open is shaping up to be bigger than ever. This is the largest (5,000 fans), longest-running (18 years) sumo competition in North America, and the ONLY sumo tournament here where you can watch multiple World Sumo Champions in action!

Cheer on 60 international sumo wrestlers, vying for the champion titles! Most of them are National Sumo Champions from around the world. Among them, we expect four (4) past and present World Sumo Champions to enter the ring — the most ever at a single US Sumo Open!

We’re at the Pyramid for the 5th year in a row now, a venue with the largest big screen monitor of any campus in the country! Tickets go on sale in February. More information soon about pricing, schedule, and TV broadcasting. The drama continues in 2018 . . .

Thank you for your support!

What Can We Expect From the Stars This Year?

Will Byamba return? The 4-time World Sumo Champion has a record of 104 wins and only 5 losses in the past 11 US Sumo Opens. This success will likely never be topped. Will Byamba go for a 12th year in a row?!

For the first time in 11 years, a Japanese contender won the gold medal — underdog Takeshi went undefeated in the Openweight division, taking down opponents of all sizes! Can he stay at the top in 2018?

Perennial lightweight contender Trent recaptured the lightweight US Sumo Open gold for the first time in 12 years, and a month later, he won silver at the World Championships. What surprises does he have in store next?

Top American heavyweight Roy is expected to return, after sitting out last year due to injury. In 2015, he won gold at the US Sumo Open, but in 2016, he settled for silver, beating 11 opponents, and losing only to Byamba!

  • 2017 US SUMO OPEN - Highlight Video
  • OPENWEIGHT Division
  • HEAVYWEIGHT Division
  • LIGHTWEIGHT Division
  • WOMEN'S Divisions


For Entry Form and Athlete Information, please contact us. The entry deadline is April 14, 2018.


For a great deal, close to the arena, call the HOTEL CURRENT: 800-990-9991 (toll-free) or 562-597-1341.

* Mention “US SUMO OPEN” to get a discounted rate of $129 (plus tax).
* FREE continental breakfast
* heated pool
* FREE Internet
* FREE parking
* FREE local shuttle

The competition location is a 5-minute drive away, and you can catch the free shuttle there! Don’t miss this deal. Full room options include: Two Double Beds ($129) or One King Bed ($129) or Suite ($169). Tax is extra. Deadline to reserve is April 26, 2018.


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.



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