At 6 feet, 8 inches, 704 pounds, Emmanuel Yarborough sticks out in a crowd — even a crowd of Guinness World Records holders.
Yarborough, 47, is an amateur sumo wrestler who has also competed in mixed martial arts judo, wrestling, and college football.
His record has been inauspicious — he has a 2-4 as an MMA pro — but he dominates the field in one area: heft. Yarborough is the world’s heaviest living athlete, according to Guinness World Records. It’s an honor he has carried with him (along with the massive gut) since 2001.
Yarborough’s heavyweight achievement is one of those celebrated in a new Guinness e-book”Wacky Sporting Champions,” dedicated to the more unusual sporting records ever, such as the “Fastest 100-Meter Run on All Fours” (18.58 seconds) the “Highest Shallow Dive into One Foot Of Water” (36 feet, 8.94 inches) and “Fastest 100-Meter Hurdles Wearing Swim Fins” (18.52 seconds).
It’s been a good life that has included featured roles in Bollywood films and the HBO prison drama Oz, but one thing that has weighed on him is the lack of interaction with other world record holders.
Even though Yarborough can compete at 700 pounds, he doesn’t necessarily want to any more, reported the Huffington Post. “I’m trying to lose weight. I can’t maintain this weight healthily and get the most out of the sport,” he said.