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Miguel del Gallego

USA middleweight contender Miguel del Gallego gets ready for his bout in the 2015 U.S. Sumo Open Saturday in Long Beach.

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Heavyweight wrestlers are introduced at the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open in Long Beach.

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Erdenebileg Alagdaa, Ramy Belal

Mongolia’s Erdenebileg Alagdaa, left, is taken down by Egypt’s Ramy Belal during the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open in Long Beach.

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Byamba, Davaanyam Altangerel

Byamba takes down teammate Davaanyam Altangerel at the U.S. Sumo Open in Long Beach. Byamba is already an eight-time champion in the heavyweight division at the U.S. Sumo Open.

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Ramy Elgazar, Roy Sims

Egypt’s Ramy Elgazar celebrates his victory over USA’s Roy Sims in the 2015 U.S. Sumo Open Saturday in Long Beach.

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Davaanyam Altangera

Mongolian Davaanyam Altangeral is thrown off the mat by another wrestler during the heavyweight class of the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open in Long Beach.

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Zachary Johnson-Dunlop

USA heavyweight contender Zachary Johnson-Dunlop gets ready for his bout in the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open Saturday in Long Beach.

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A wrestler warms-up under the grandstands before his bout in the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open in Long Beach.

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After a long flight, a Mongolian wrestler sleeps before the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open Saturday in Long Beach.

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At the U.S. Sumo Open, a wrestling practice session gets accompanied by drums and a drink-carrying waitress casually passes.

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Byamba

Mongolia’s Byamba tapes his toes before the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open in Long Beach.

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Sumo wrestlers in the lightweight division stretch before a workout at Cal St. Long Beach before the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open Saturday.

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Sumo lightweight wrestlers stretch before a workout at Cal St. Long Beach before the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open Saturday.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Askarali Ibotov

Uzbekistan lightweight sumo wrestler Askarali Ibotov walks away after making weight at Cal St. Long Beach before the 15th annual U.S. Sumo Open Saturday.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Yama

Awaiting a “SportsCenter” taping on Tuesday, Japanese sumo wrestler Yama watches employees walk by at the ESPN studios in Los Angeles.

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Yama

Sumo wrestler Yama, who weighs 600 pounds, waits inside the green room at the ESPN studios before a taping of “SportsCenter” in Los Angeles.

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Byamba, Yama

Mongolian sumo wrestler Byamba, left, shares a laugh with Japan’s Yama as they stretch in the green room at the ESPN studios in Los Angeles.

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Yama, Byamba

Yama plays with a TV camera as Byamba looks on at the ESPN studios in Los Angeles.

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Yama

Sumo wrestler Yama, who weighs 600 pounds, takes a break in the ESPN studios before a taping of “SportsCenter” in Los Angeles.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Yama, Byamba

Sumo wrestlers Yama, left, and Byamba take a souvenir photo before a taping of “SportsCenter” at the ESPN studios in Los Angeles.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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