Ex-UFC fighter weighing over 700 pounds was submitted by 160 pound opponent

Nicknamed 'Tiny' former mixed martial artist, wrestler, football player and actor Emmanuel Yarbrough was no stranger to fighting opponents more than half his 700lb weight.

Before his tragic passing at the age of 51 back in 2015, Yarbrough was a recognised figure in the fighting community, and was once the heaviest living athlete as recognised by the Guinness World Records.

Despite being a sumo wrestler by trade, Yarbrough was tempted into MMA on three separate occasions between 1994 and 1998 – winning one and losing two of his three bouts.

Having lost on his only UFC outing while representing sumo against the much smaller Keith Hackney, he would face off against Daiju Takase at Pride 3 after beating Tatsuo Nakano by submission.

Takase came into the fight at just over 11 stone (160 pound), and 39 stone less than the 700 pound Yarbrough – who also stood eight inches taller than him at 6'8".

Grappler Takase went into the ring with a plan, but was shown a yellow card for inactivity as he initially shied away from any contact with his American foe.

Despite it being an MMA debut for the Japanese star, he grew more comfortable until a blocked takedown would hand Yarbrough a promising position.

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However, Takase was able to escape and landed a series of head punches, with Yarbrough tapping out with plenty of time to go in the second round – with blood pouring from his nose.

In the years that followed the bout UFC weight class rules have become more strict as per athletic commissions, with the heavyweight division having a maximum weight of 265lbs.

That equates to just under 19 stone, meaning Yarbrough would be more than twice the limit in the current day.

Yarbrough, who was 37 at the time of the fight compared to 20-year-old Takase, went on to compete as a professional wrestler, and was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2013.

In his later years, Yarbrough went on a weight-loss journey, and managed to shed over 100lbs before losing his life from a heart attack in 2015 at the age of 51.

He had said on his website: "The last few years has been a roller coaster for me.

"I must admit, my weight loss journey was not as simple as I thought it would be. I fell off the wagon a few times and endured a lot of personal ups and downs."

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