A fractured finger forced yokozuna Hakuho out of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sept. 9, adding injury to insult after a loss to a rank-and-file wrestler in his opening bout.

The 34-year-old grand champion submitted his formal withdrawal notice on Day 2 of the tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward.

Hakuho's doctor said the injury was to the pinkie on the wrestler’s right hand.

His exit followed a stunning defeat at the hands of maegashira No. 1 Hokutofuji. It was Hakuho’s first opening day loss since the March 2017 spring tourney.

The pullout marked Hakuho’s seventh since the start of last year. He also abstained from the tourney in May.

Six tournaments are held a year, each falling in odd-numbered months.

Hakuho, who hails from Mongolia, boasts a record 42 tournament championships.

The yokozuna recently acquired Japanese citizenship, a requirement for a wrestler to become a sumo stablemaster.