Lone yokozuna Terunofuji will head into the final weekend of the Fukuoka Grand Sumo Tournament with the outright lead and a perfect 13-0 record after dominating sekiwake Mitakeumi on Friday.

He holds a one-win buffer over No. 15 maegashira Abi, who took sole ownership of second place after stunning ozeki Takakeisho in a tie-breaking battle on Day 13 at Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Having won 11 of their 15 previous top-level meetings, Terunofuji maintained his superiority over Mitakeumi (9-4) at the 15-day tournament, taking his belt at the jump and bulldozing him straight back and out.

Grand champion Terunofuji (R) and sekiwake Mitakeumi on the 13th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 26, 2021, at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. Terunofuji won the match. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Sumo's sole yokozuna following Hakuho's recent retirement, the 29-year-old Terunofuji will continue his bid for a sixth Emperor's Cup on Saturday against Abi.

Fighting in the top division for the first time since serving a three-tournament suspension for breaking the Japan Sumo Association's coronavirus safety rules in July 2020, former komusubi Abi continued to impress in Fukuoka.

Tied at 11-1 with fellow pusher-thruster Takakeisho coming into their bout, Abi never took a backward step in the anticipated battle.

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Following a false start, he met Takakeisho's opening drive head-on and gained the upper hand as the pair traded blows. With Takakeisho (11-2) grabbing for his arm, Abi (12-1) kept moving forward and pushed the ozeki out.

"I think I was able to perform my style of sumo. I was still focused (after the false start) and was able to have a good opening charge and go right on," Abi said.

"I thought, 'He's an ozeki and I'm just a lower rank, so I should just go right in.' (But) it's only one win and I still have a way to go."

Abi (L) upsets ozeki Takakeisho on the 13th day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 26, 2021, at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Ozeki Shodai improved to 9-4 by forcing out No. 6 Tamawashi (9-4), driving the one-time Emperor's Cup winner straight back from the jump.

Sekiwake Meisei (5-8) succumbed to a push out against No. 4 Endo (7-6) and is set for demotion from sumo's third-highest ranks. Following multiple false starts, former komusubi Endo burst out of the blocks and kept moving forward as he shoved Meisei out.

Komusubi Ichinojo (5-8) will finish the tournament with a losing record after taking his eighth defeat against No. 7 Ura (10-3), who toppled the 206-kilogram giant with an under-shoulder swing down.

Komusubi Kiribayama improved to 5-8, throwing No. 4 Takarafuji (4-9) near the edge to end a nearly minute-long bout.

No. 9 Hidenoumi (8-5) clinched his all-important eighth win by pushing out No. 5 Takayasu (5-8) and consigning the former ozeki to a losing record for the tournament.

No. 14 Chiyonokuni and No. 16 Akua also secured winning records at 8-5 with victories over rank-and-file opponents.