If healthy, the lone yokozuna will be the man to beat, but Mitakeumi and Wakatakakage seek to challenge.
The Fukushima native becomes the first new sekiwake in 86 years to claim the championship.
New ozeki Mitakeumi keeps pace along with sekiwake Wakatakakage and rank-and-filer Kotonowaka.
With his third career title, the sekiwake will be considered for promotion to ozeki.
The Dewanoumi stable wrestler has a one-win lead over Terunofuji at the midway point.
The Mongolian-born grappler was pushed to the brink by upset-minded Daieisho.
The lone yokozuna won his second straight tournament at the sport's highest rank.
The Mongolian grappler is eager to prove he is a dominant force to be reckoned with as a lone yokozuna.
The Mongolian grappler aims to follow up his first win as yokozuna with another title in Fukuoka.
The 29-year-old Mongolian was ensured of his fifth title when Myogiryu lost an earlier bout.
Terunofuji loses for the first time in his debut at the sport’s highest rank.
At the halfway point, the new yokozuna is firmly in control and appears on his way to a 15-0 record.