2. Akebono Taro
Weight: 514 pounds (233 KG)
MMA Record: 0-4
American-born Sumo wrestling Yokozuna ‘Akebono’, real name Chad Rowan, was never meant for the legitimate world of MMA. He was a force to reckon with as a Sumo, and even crossed over in to pro wrestling where he still competes today in Zero 1 and AJPW in Japan, but his foray in to the world of pugilistic-based sports was ill-fated. Aside from a single win from nine K-1 fights, Akebono did not have a good time, going 0-4 in mixed martial arts between 2004 and 2006.
The fact that he fought Royce Gracie is ironic in a sense, more understandable were his bouts against Bobby Olugun, Don Frye and another classic freak show fighter Giant Silva. Having been submitted in three of his losses in MMA, and knocked out three times in a row by Hong Man Choi in K-1, Rowan left the ring in 2006 and has competed exclusively as a pro wrestler since.
He is one of the most recognizable faces in the murky underwaters of the MMA freak show parade, seconded only by the man that knocked him out cold in 2003. Enjoy this absolutely classic highlight of Akebono’s catalogue of brutal losses, and prepare yourself for the only man that could top such a horrific list….