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Friends launch GoFundMe page to help with deceased UFC fighter Emanuel Yarbrough’s funeral expenses

Emanuel Yarbrough, a former world champion sumo wrestler who fought a memorable UFC 3 bout with Keith Hackney, died December 21st.

Yarbrough was a towering mountain of a man; 6-foot-8 and billed at 616 pounds, making him the largest ever octagon fighter. He was also certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest athlete in the world

He had a background in sumo wrestling and although it failed him in the fight against the 5-foot-11 Hackney, he went on to become it’s ambassador.

Yarbrough appeared in several movies and the TV show Oz.

A GoFundme page has been set up by Tyrone McQueen to help aid Yarbrough’s mother with funeral expenses.

As of this writing, $4395 has been raised in 7 hours by 66 donors. The goal is $18,000 USD.

“This would mean so much to his family to have him home,” the GoFundMe page said. “Let us¬†provide Manny¬†with the love and respect he deserves.”


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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