Goeido, who has been mostly mediocre during his time at the second-highest rank of ozeki, will have the unlikely chance of reaching the exalted rank of yokozuna at the Nov. 13-27 Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

Two years on from appearing as ozeki for the first time at the 2014 Autumn tourney, Goeido exceeded all expectations this September by winning all 15 bouts for his first career championship in Tokyo.

The turnaround also came as a "kadoban ozeki" — when a second straight tourney with seven or fewer wins would have seen him dropped from the rank.