Ulambayaryn Byambajav is confirmed dead at the age of 35.
Ulambayaryn was best known as a Mongolian sumo wrestler.
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Daishōchi Kenta
大翔地 健太
Personal information
BornByambajav Ulambayar
(1984-11-24) November 24, 1984 (age 35)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Died28 February 2020(2020-02-28) (aged 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight152 kg (335 lb)
DebutJuly 2001
Highest rankMakushita 15 (March 2005)
RetiredSeptember 2005
Championships1 (Jonokuchi)
* Up to date as of May 2013.
Medal record
Men's Sumo
Representing  Mongolia
World Games
2009 Kaohsiung
World Combat Games
2013 St. Petersburg
2013 St. Petersburg
2010 Beijing
Ulambayar Byambajav, known professionally as Byamba, previously Daishōchi Kenta, (Mongolian: Уламбаярын Бямбажав; Japanese: 大翔地 健太; 24 November 1984 – 28 February 2020) was a Mongolian sumo wrestler and a two-time winner of the Sumo World Championships, in 2006 and 2007. He was 6'1" tall, weighing 350 lb. He also entered in over 100 matches winning all gold medals, in Japan, Mongolia, Thailand, US, Italy, Germany, and more. He also featured as a model for the Subaru car company.
In September 2009 he won in the 115+ kg and overall category at the US Open Championship held in California.
He was formerly a professional sumo wrestler (rikishi) who competed under the shikona of Daishōchi. He was a member of Shibatayama stable from July 2001 until September 2005, reaching a highest rank of makushita 15. However, tiring of the lifestyle, he quit at age 20 and as well as an amateur sumo career he also featured in film and television roles in Hollywood, and many commercials.
He died "after a protracted illness" in a Los Angeles hospital in February 2020.
1 Professional sumo career record
2 US film and television appearances
3 Death
4 See also
5 References
6 External links
Professional sumo career record
Daishōchi Kenta
Year in sumo
JanuaryHatsu basho, Tokyo
MarchHaru basho, Osaka
MayNatsu basho, Tokyo
JulyNagoya basho, Nagoya
SeptemberAki basho, Tokyo
NovemberKyūshū basho, Fukuoka
West Jonokuchi #466–1–PPPChampion 
East Jonidan #736–1 
West Jonidan #35–2 
East Sandanme #683–4 
East Sandanme #874–3 
West Sandanme #695–2 
East Sandanme #394–3 
West Sandanme #233–4 
West Sandanme #393–4 
West Sandanme #576–1 
East Sandanme #63–4 
West Sandanme #166–1 
East Makushita #375–2 
West Makushita #261–6 
West Makushita #486–1 
East Makushita #202–5 
West Makushita #372–5 
East Sandanme #26–1 
West Makushita #294–3 
East Makushita #244–3 
East Makushita #194–3 
West Makushita #153–4 
West Makushita #204–3 
West Makushita #15Sat out due to injury0–0–7
West Makushita #55Retired0–0–7
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions
Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: ★=Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: Makuuchi — Jūryō — Makushita — Sandanme — Jonidan — Jonokuchi
Makuuchi ranks: Yokozuna — Ōzeki — Sekiwake — Komusubi — Maegashira
US film and television appearances
He was featured as a sumo wrestler in the film Ocean's Thirteen (2007). In 2010, he spent 1 week in the house of Gran Hermano 12 (Big Brother Spain). In February 2013, he was featured on the American television show King of the Nerds. In April 2014, he appeared as the celebrity special guest on the CW comedy improv series Whose Line Is It Anyway?. In 2014 he was featured in One Direction's video for "Steal My Girl" alongside fellow sumo wrestler Yamamotoyama Ryūta. In May 2015, he appeared alongside Yamamotoyama in an episode of The Bachelorette.
Byamba appeared in the April 16, 2015, episode of the TruTV series Impractical Jokers, titled "Pseudo-Sumo". The loser, Joe, was told he was going to be in a baby commercial, and was then surprised by Byamba. Byamba appeared again on Impractical Jokers, on August 16, 2018, in an episode titled "Bull Shiatsu", in which Joe lost again. This time Joe was dressed inside a home-made massage chair, manually massages people at a mall. The punishment didn't end until he massages his former adversary, Byamba. In 2016, he appeared as a figure skating sumo wrestler in a television advertisement for GEICO. In 2017 he promoted a new variety of mandarin orange called the "Sumo Citrus" in Lindsay, California.
Byamba passed away in a Los Angeles hospital on February 28, 2020, after a protracted illness.
See also
Glossary of sumo terms
List of non-Japanese sumo wrestlers
List of past sumo wrestlers
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