For other people named Tuli see TuliTeila Tuli
, also known as Taylor Wiley
(born 14 June 1969) is a former sumo
wrestler and mixed martial artist
of Samoan descent.
In March 1987, he was recruited by former sekiwake Takamiyama
, another Hawaiian, and joined Azumazeki stable
, which Takamiyama had founded the previous year. He was given the sumo name
He was unbeaten in his first 14 official bouts, winning two consecutive yusho
or tournament championships. Weighing nearly , he was one of the largest wrestlers in sumo. In March 1988, he was promoted to the third highest makushita
division, and became the first foreign born wrestler to ever win the championship in that division. In the same month, future yokozuna Akebono
, also from Hawaii, joined Azumazeki stable. As the highest ranking wrestler in the stable, Takamishu was a mentor to Akebono and gave him advice on how to adjust to life in Japan. In March 1989 Takamishu reached his highest ever rank of makushita 2, and even fought two bouts with elite jūryō
ranked wrestlers. However, Takamishu was never to reach sekitori
status himself. He did not compete in the following tournament, and retired from sumo in July 1989.
Ultimate Fighting Championships
After leaving sumo, he competed in the first bout of the UFC 1
in November 1993, held in Denver,......