A Japanese television show put together a celebrity arm wrestling tournament that included sumo wrestlers, kickboxers, Sakuraba,
Alistair Overeem, Bob Sapp, Mark Hunt, Melvin Manhoef, and more.
The winner of the tournament then had to face Yoshinobu Kanai, who was the world arm wrestling champion at 176 in 1999, when he was 100 pounds lighter.
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Overeem beat a 310-pound sumo Sho Ho Zan.
Asashoryu, 321 pounds, the most famous sumo star of the past decade, beat 182-pound rugby star Daisuke Ohata.
Koki Kameda, 116 pounds, Japan's most famous boxer, beat 139-pound Naoya Tsukuhara, a member of the Japan’s 2004 gold medal winning gymnastics team.
Kazushi Sakuraba, 187 pounds, beat Kazuhiro Kiyohara, 45, a 250-pound former Japanese baseball star who was considered the toughest guy in baseball during his career.
Mark Hunt, 301 pounds beat sumotori Go Ei Do.
Bob Sapp beat 202-pound comedian Bobby Ologun.
334-pound sumo, Sho Ten Ro, one of the rising stars in that sport, beat a 212-pound football star, Kenzo Waku.
38-year-old sumo Kyoku Ten Ho, 6-3 ½ and 353 pounds beat Semmy Schilt, at 6-11 ½ and 292 pounds.
Overeem next beat Asashoryu which they pushed as K-1 world champion vs. Sumo grand champion.
Kameda put down Sakuraba, whose arm appeared burned out from his previous fight in what they pushed as boxing vs. pro wrestling.
Sapp next beat Hunt quickly in what they promoted as pro wrestling vs. UFC.
Sho Ten Ro beat Kyoku Ten Ho.
Overeem vs. Kameda. While Overeem won, probably easily, Kameda put up a fight and Overeem when it was over said he was shocked at how a guy that small could be that strong.
Sapp beat Sho Ten Ro.
Sapp vs. former world champion Yoshinobu Kanai was the last match.