Teila Tuli, (born 14 June 1969) is a Native Hawaiian American actor and former sumo wrestler and mixed martial artist. He is from Laie, Hawaii and is of American Samoan descent. He is commonly known for his recurring role as Kamekona Tupuola on Hawaii Five-0.
Wily in 2011
June 14, 1969
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||420 lb (190 kg)|
|Highest rank||Makushita 2 (March, 1989)|
|Championships||1 (Makushita) |
|* Up to date as of July 2007.|
In March 1987, Wily was recruited by former sekiwake Takamiyama Daigorō, another Hawaiian, and joined Azumazeki stable, which Takamiyama had founded the previous year. He was given the shikona (sumo name) of Takamishu. He was unbeaten in his first 14 official bouts, winning two consecutive yūshō or tournament championships. Weighing nearly 440 lb (200 kg), 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 Tarō, also from Hawaii, joined Azumazeki stable. As the highest ranking wrestler in the stable, he was a mentor to Akebono and gave him advice on how to adjust to life in Japan. In March 1989 Takamikuni reached his highest ever rank of makushita 2, and even fought two bouts with elite jūryō ranked wrestlers (one of whom, Tōryū Kenji, was a former sekiwake). Takamikuni was never to reach sekitori status himself. He did not compete in the following tournament, and retired from sumo in July 1989 due to knee problems.
Sumo career recordEdit
|Year in sumo||January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
Haru basho, Osaka
Natsu basho, Tokyo
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
Aki basho, Tokyo
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
|1987||x||(Maezumo)||East Jonokuchi #7
|East Jonidan #48
|East Sandanme #49
|West Sandanme #31
|1988||East Sandanme #10
|East Makushita #55
|East Makushita #10
|West Makushita #23
|East Makushita #16
|West Makushita #8
|1989||West Makushita #4
|East Makushita #2
|East Makushita #6
|East Makushita #46
|Record given as win-loss-absent Top Division Runner-up
Yokozuna — Ōzeki — Sekiwake — Komusubi — Maegashira
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
After leaving sumo, he competed as Teila Tuli in the first bout of the UFC 1 in November 1993, held in Denver, Colorado. It was shown on pay-per-view. Despite heavily outweighing his opponent, he lost to Gerard Gordeau, the match being stopped after Tuli was kicked in the face causing the loss of a tooth. This was Tuli's only MMA fight. The match has been described as one of the top five David and Goliath match-ups in MMA history.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0-1||Gerard Gordeau||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||0:26||Denver, United States||First Fight in UFC History|
Credited as Taylor Wily, he had a role in the comedy film Forgetting Sarah Marshall as a hotel worker who befriended the main character played by Jason Segel. He also has a recurring role on the television series Hawaii Five-0. Wily made a cameo on the 20th edition of The Amazing Race, and handed out clues to racing contestants. He also appeared as an extra in Magnum, P.I.'s 1982 episode titled "The Eighth Part of the Village" in a street scene near a pool hall.
He also appeared as a sumo wrestler in an episode of One West Waikiki, another TV show filmed in Hawaii starring Cheryl Ladd. In that episode, he had hair, unlike his character in Hawaii Five-0, wrapped in the sumo style. The episode was "Battle of the Titans"
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Extra||At 29:19 "The Eighth Part of the Village"|
|2004||North Shore||Bartender||"Ties That Bind"|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Kemo|
|2010–present||Hawaii Five-0||Kamekona Tupuola||96 Episodes|
|2012||The Amazing Race 20||Cameo||12th Leg|
|2018||Magnum P.I.||Kamekona Tupuola|
- Sherdog.com. "Teila Tuli: Still 'Heartbroken' 20 Years After UFC 1". Sherdog.
- Sharnoff, Lora (1993). Grand Sumo: The Living Sport And Tradition. Weatherhill. p. 160. ISBN 0-8348-0283-X.
- Panek, Mark (2006). Gaijin Yokozuna. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-3043-1.
- "Takamishu Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
- Jarsulic, Mike (2006-10-16). "DVD Review: Ultimate Fighting Championship 1". MMATorch.com. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
- Leidecker, Tim (2008-08-01). "The Top 5 David VS Goliath Matchups". Sherdog. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
- "Hawaii Five-0" – via www.imdb.com.