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WTF of the Day: UFC 3 Vet Emmanuel Yarborough to Appear in Canadian Opera Production


According to a Canadian Press article, the Canadian Opera Company has recruited behemoth American sumo wrestler and UFC 3 veteran Emmanuel Yarborough for it’s upcoming production of “Semele,” — a Greek tragedy.

Yarborough will apparently take part in a three-minute staged sumo bout meant to signify “a love affair between the god Jupiter and the princess Semele that goes horribly awry when Semele sets her mind to become immortal,” says COC spokeswoman Maria Lioutaia.

The 6’8″ 640-pound Guinness World Record holder who holds the distinction of being the largest professional athlete in the world answered a casting call sent out to sumo studios across North America. His “opponent” in the opera’s scene will be a Canadian named Elmer Gale, who said he has competed against Yarborough before in both disciplines.

“I hit him with everything I got and I bounced right out of the [sumo] ring,” said Gale, 47, who weighs around 320 pounds. ”I got to fight him a few years earlier in a judo tournament in Colorado and at that time I happened to best him, I threw him — it was cool.”

The real question is, who won the chicken wing eating competition after their competitions?


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KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- March 19, 2012 at 3:58 am
That love affair goes awry because Keith Hackney knocks him the fuck out with a windmill palm strike....or knocks him down and proceeds to break both of his hands wailing on his 50 lb dome for 10 minutes straight
Alan K- March 17, 2012 at 11:08 am
The feelings of longing and anguish that Semele feels for Jupiter will be clearly reflected in Yarborough's ass.
Get Off Me- March 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm
There's two first class seats that the COC is going to have to pay for.
The things our government spends money on....
Fried Taco- March 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm
I call bullshit, even Godzilla can't throw Manny.