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Photo Essay: US Sumo Open

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The 8th Annual US Sumo Open came to the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Saturday. As expected, this yearly demonstration of the popular Japanese sport drew a colorful array of competitors. While the women's division was cut short by a combination of last minute dropouts and injuries, the heavyweights more than made up for the loss with a ton of great matches.

World champ Byambajav "Byamba" Ulambayar walked away with the gold medal for the heavyweight class, though the open weight final saw a major upset as Byamba was finally defeated by his longtime rival, Bulgarian titan Petar Stoyanov.

The sake and beer flowed freely, and the audience once again got behind their favorite wrestlers. Here's hoping that next year more people take time out of their lazy Saturdays to catch an event Los Angeles is very lucky to call its own.