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Jerome Le Banner Bio

Jérôme Philippe "Geronimo" Le Banner (born 26 December 1972) is a French former kickboxer and K-1 fighter, famous for his aggressive fighting style and knockout power.

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Early career
    • 2.2 K-1 debut
    • 2.3 First world title shot
    • 2.4 K-1 and boxing
    • 2.5 Return to K-1
    • 2.6 Matches of K-1 GP 99 final
    • 2.7 "The biggest KO of this thousand years"
    • 2.8 Rubber match against Hunt in Paris
    • 2.9 K-1 World GP 2002 final
    • 2.10 After broken left arm
    • 2.11 Join Chakuriki Gym
    • 2.12 GLORY, WSOF and charity match of IGF Pro Wrestling for victim of Japan
  • 3 Championships and accomplishments
    • 3.1 Kickboxing and Muay thai
    • 3.2 Professional wrestling
  • 4 Kickboxing record
    • 4.1 Mixed martial arts record
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Background

Jérôme Le Banner was born in the French city of Le Havre, in the région of Normandy and began training in judo at the age of five. When he was fourteen, Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury influenced him so much that he became interested in striking instead and started trying to incorporate the techniques of Jeet Kune Do he had seen in the film. At sixteen however he started practicing kyokushin, while Jeet Kune Do gave him the southpaw stance which he has maintained throughout his career, even though he is right-handed. He eventually took up kickboxing at age of 18. Le Banner holds a black belt in the Kyokushin Kaikan style of karate and in judo.

Career

Early career

At the age of 18, he debuted in his first full contact kickboxing competitions. By 19 he held the ISKA French title and soon after that, he won the European belt against Andy Mayo, and the Intercontinental belt in South Africa against Mike Bernardo. He turned down the chance to fight Richard Vince for the IKL World Kickboxing title at the age of 21

K-1 debut

On 3 March 1995, Jerome Le Banner made his K-1 debut, winning a five-round decision over Nokweed Davy. Le Banner was at 107kg while Nokweed was at 74kg. Two months later, on 4 May 1995 he made his first K-1 World Grand Prix appearance in Tokyo, Japan, knocking out both Masaaki Satake and Mike Bernardo, before losing to Peter Aerts in the tournament finals.

First world title shot

After K-1 GP 95, Le Banner was drafted in the French Army, and also had trouble with his trainer so he could not train for a year. His conscription ended on April 1996. He also contracted a new trainer.

On June 1, 1996 at Paris, Le Banner won the ISKA Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight Championship against Curtis Schuster.

On October 18, K-1 Star Wars '96, Le Banner beat Ernesto Hoost via second-round knockout.

K-1 and boxing

During 1997 Le Banner had trouble with his trainer again. As a result, Le Banner contracted former Christophe Tiozzo's promoter Jean-Christophe Courrèges. On 1998, Le Banner contracted boxing promoter Don King and well-known boxing trainer Don Turner. He was training with Evander Holyfield.

On July 18, K-1 DREAM '98, Le Banner fought against Sam Greco. Le Banner was knocked down in the first round but managed to knock Greco out in the second round.

On September 19, Le Banner fought in Evander Holyfield vs Vaughn Bean's undercard. Le Banner beat Espedito da Silva via first-round knockout by high kick, to become WKN Muay Thai world super heavyweight champion.

Le Banner's pro boxing record was 4 fights, 4 wins, 3KO 1DQ. And Le Banner supposed to fight a match under boxing rules in Madison Square Garden on February and March 1999. But he had trouble with Don King about his contract so these matches were canceled by King.

Return to K-1

Le Banner could not fight both kickboxing and boxing due to contract problems. On 1999, K-1 producer Kazuyoshi Ishii solved his contract problem so that he could return to K-1.

On October 3, K-1 World Grand Prix '99 Opening Round, Le Banner fought against Matt Skelton. Skelton will become pro boxing WBA world Heavyweight title contender, WBO world Heavyweight number 5 contender. Skelton had never been knocked down by punches in his fighting career but Le Banner dominated Skelton with his boxing skills and knocked out Skelton in first round.

Matches of K-1 GP 99 final

On December 5, at Tokyo Dome, K-1 Grand Prix '99 Final Round, Le Banner fought against 3 times K-1 GP champion, reigning defending K-1 GP champion Peter Aerts in the Quarter Final. Le Banner wanted to choose Aerts as his opponent in the tournament draw. Le Banner was knocked down by Aerts's high kick but managed to knock out Aerts by left hook by 1:11 of the first round. In the semifinal, Le Banner fought Ernesto Hoost. Le Banner dominated Hoost in the first round but lost by KO in the third round.

"The biggest KO of this thousand years"

On April 23, 2000, K-1 The Millennium, Le Banner fought against Kyokushin World Open Karate Tournament 1999 champion Francisco Filho. Just 1 year ago from this match, Filho beat K-1 GP 99 champion Ernesto Hoost by knockout. But, Le Banner knocked Filho unconscious out by Left straight punch in the first round. This knock out is called "The biggest KO of this thousand years" by the ringside announcers and Japanese media. Le Banner's left arm and left punch has been called the "Golden Left" since this match.

On July 30, Le Banner beat Mark Hunt, Nicholas Pettas and Ernesto Hoost, to become K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Nagoya tournament Champion. But, he was not able to fight in K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 Final due to illness from Infectious mononucleosis.

On April 29, 2001, Le Banner won the tournament by three first-round KO's, the fastest win in K-1 history in total time of 4 minutes and 4 seconds in K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Osaka.

On December 8, Le Banner lost to Mark Hunt by KO in K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 Final Quarter Finals. The match is the biggest upsets in K-1 event of 2001. After this event, Japanese combat sports magazine SRS-DX published picture about moment of Hunt hit Le Banner's face by elbow. However this match's result didn't change disqualification.

Rubber match against Hunt in Paris

In 2002, Le Banner had begun to train with Stéphane Nikiéma.

On May 25, 2002, Le Banner fought Mark Hunt at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Paris in a rubber match. In the 2nd round, first Hunt was knocked down by Le Banner's counterpunch. Le Banner was also knocked down. In the last 5 seconds of the 2nd round Le Banner knocked down Hunt with a high kick, winning by TKO.

K-1 World GP 2002 final

On December 7, 2002 at K-1 World Grand Prix 2002, after defeating Musashi in the quarterfinals, and Mark Hunt in the semis, Le Banner faced three-time World Champion Ernesto Hoost in the tournament final. Following an evenly fought first two rounds, Hoost fractured Le Banner's left arm with three round kicks in the third. This match was stopped by 3 knock down rule. The referee Nobuaki Kakuda was severely criticized that he didn't stop the match or ask a doctor to check LeBanner when he was first knocked down. Le Banner suffered a near career-ending injury (a steel rod and eleven pins were inserted into his arm).

After broken left arm

Le Banner was able to recover and returned to the ring six months later in K-1 Paris 2003, winning the fight by punch combinations over Belarusian Vitali Akhramenko.

On March 26, 2005, Le Banner knocked Yoshihiro Akiyama out by knee kick in MMA rule at Hero's 1.

On May 13, 2006, at K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Amsterdam, Le Banner fought against 2 times K-1 WORLD GP champion Remy Bonjasky. The fight was rather controversial as Bonjasky won the fight in a majority decision by all Dutch judges despite being dominated in this fight. On June 30, 2006, K-1 judge admitted the decision was a mistake. And, this match's result officially change "Le Banner won Bonjasky by unanimous decision(point is 30-29)".

On 2006, Le Banner announced that hope to fight against current UFC heavyweight world champion Tim Sylvia in UFC rule.

On December 2, 2006, after his loss against Semmy Schilt at K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 finals, Le Banner announced he was considering his semi retirement from tournament fighting, restricting future appearances to K-1's Superfight events.

In early 2007, after his fight at K-1 World GP 2007 in Yokohama he was forced to have knee surgery and was not expected to return to the ring until 2008; however due to a fast recovery K-1 announced that Le Banner would participate on September 29, 2007 at the K-1 World GP 2007 in Seoul Final 16 against Russian kickboxer Ruslan Karaev. Just two days before the fight, Karaev had to pull out and was replaced by a former Korean Taekwondo practitioner, Yong Soo Park. It took Le Banner only 0'54" seconds to knock out Park in the first round by straight punch and qualify himself for K-1 World GP 2007 Final held in December 8, 2007 held at the Yokohama Arena, Japan.

On 8 December 2007, in the ninth K-1 World GP appearance of his career, Le Banner defeated Choi Hong Man in the quarter-finals by unanimous decision before facing the reigning K-1 champion Semmy Schilt in the semis. Le Banner finished the first round up on scorecards. In the beginning of the second round Schilt landed a low kick that seemed to hurt Le Banner's right knee, which he had surgery on in early 2007. The fight was eventually stopped by Le Banner's corner throwing in the towel to avoid further damage to the injured knee.

Jerome fought Schilt again at the K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka for the K-1 Super-Heavyweight title. Jerome ended up losing a controversial majority decision.

As a finalist Jerome fought at the K-1 World GP 2008 Final 16 against the young Japanese fighter, Junichi Sawayashiki. Although Jerome was unable to knock the young fighter out he won a unanimous decision. At the Finals Jerome lost by TKO to the eventual champion Remy Bonjasky when the previously broken left arm was troubling him again.

On 26 September Jerome fought Japanese rival Musashi at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final 16. Jerome knocked down the Japanese veteran to claim a unanimous decision. In his eleventh appearance at the K-1 World Grand Prix Final Championship he fought Semmy Schilt. Jerome lost to Semmy for the 4th time in his career by first-round TKO. After the fight Jerome stated that he planned to continue to fight in the World Grand Prix Final even though there was suspicion before the fight that this would be his last World Grand Prix appearance.

Join Chakuriki Gym

In 2010, Le Banner announced his motivation to fight again, and joined Chakuriki Gym in Amsterdam. On April 3 at K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Yokohama, Le Banner beat Tyrone Spong by unanimous decision.

On July 23, during a France vs Thailand in Stade de l'Est, Réunion, he won the W.P.M.F. Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight title, beating the Canadian Tomas Novack by KO in the fifth round.

On October 2, he fought again in the final 16 of the 2010 tournament. Le Banner fought against K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro in the opening round. After a close three rounds where round one was called a draw, round two was given to Jerome, and round three was given to Kyotaro, the fight was sent to an extra round. Jerome disagreed with the judges ruling on the third round and left the ring.

Le Banner fought Summer Olympics Games 2008 Judo Gold medalist Satoshi Ishii in a mixed martial arts rules bout at DREAM's Dynamite!! 2010 New Year's Eve event in Japan. LeBanner had an MMA record of 3-1-1 heading into the fight. However, LeBanner lost the fight via unanimous decision.

GLORY, WSOF and charity match of IGF Pro Wrestling for victim of Japan

In 2011, Le Banner won two new world titles in Freestyle Kickboxing rules.

On June 11, at the 8ème Nuit des Sports de Combat in Geneva, he faces for the second time the German Stefan Leko and won by unanimous decision to become the I.S.K.A. World Super Heavyweight champion.

To end the year, he fought for the first time in Pattaya, Thailand, on December 30, for the World Pro League Super Heavyweight title. Le Banner wins this fight by liver kick knockout in the third round.

In parallel he began to fight charity match of Pro Wrestling for victim of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster at Inoki Genome Federation. He became IGF Champion and defended the title five times, before losing it to Kazuyuki Fujita on July 14, 2012. He won his six fights in Pro Wrestling by (T)KO against Shinichi Suzukawa, Erik Hammer, Kazuyuki Fujita, Montanha Silva, Josh Barnett and Tim Sylvia. On December 4, 2011, at IGF - Fighting Spirit Festival in Iwaki, Fukushima, he faces in kickboxing charity exhibition match, Japanese kickboxer Masayoshi Kakutani and won this fight by TKO in the first round. A year of victories for Jérôme Le Banner.

He began to train in USA for MMA since November 2011. He was scheduled to fight Marcin Różalski at Main Event of KSW 18 on February 25. However, a knee injury has forced Le Banner off the card. This match was postponed for KSW 20 on September 15. But, Le Banner was again forced out of this bout due to an injured knee.

Le Banner supposed to fight GLORY 16-man tournament at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2012. But, his knee injury didn't recover completely for this tournament yet. So, he fought Koichi Pettas in a non-tournament bout at this event and won by Knockout in third round.

He contracted with his rival & friend Ray Sefo's organization MMA World Series of Fighting.

He rematched Koichi Pettas at Glory 8: Tokyo - 2013 65kg Slam in Tokyo, Japan on May 3, 2013 and won by unanimous decision.

Le Banner defeated Roman Kleibl via TKO due to a broken arm in round two of their contest at Time Fight 3 in Tours, France on June 15, 2013.

He was to face James Smith at Fight Night Saint Tropez in Saint-Tropez, France on August 4, 2013 but Smith was replaced by Vitali Akhramenko. Le Banner knocked Akhramenko out in round two for the W.K.N. Kickboxing Oriental World Super Heavyweight title.

He was set to fight Sergei Kharitonov at Glory 10: Los Angeles - 2013 85kg Slam in Ontario, California, United States on September 28, 2013 but withdrew after suffering a neck injury.

Le Banner knocked out Zinedine Hameur-Lain in round two at La 20ème Nuit des Champions in Marseille, France on November 23, 2013.

The Sergei Kharitonov fight was rescheduled for Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013. Le Banner lost by unanimous decision.

He beat Lucian Danilencu via second-round KO at Final Fight - Retour aux sources in Le Havre, France on May 30, 2014.

He will fight Daniel Sam at Fight Night Saint-Tropez II in Saint-Tropez, France on August 4, 2014.

Championships and accomplishments

Kickboxing and Muay thai

  • 2015 W.K.N. Kickboxing Oriental World Super Heavyweight Champion (current)
  • 2015 I.S.K.A. K1 rules World Super Heavyweight title (current)
  • 2013 W.K.N. Kickboxing Oriental World Super Heavyweight Champion (third title defence)
  • 2012 W.K.N. Kickboxing Oriental World Super Heavyweight Champion (second title defence)
  • 2011 World Pro League Kickboxing Super Heavyweight Champion (current)
  • 2011 I.S.K.A. Freestyle Kickboxing World Super Heavyweight Champion (current)
  • 2010 W.P.M.F. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix Final third place
  • 2005 W.K.N. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion (first title defence)
  • 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix Final Runner Up
  • 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix in Osaka Champion
  • 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix in Nagoya Champion
  • 2000 I.S.K.A. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion (third title defence)
  • 2000 I.S.K.A. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion (second title defence)
  • 1999 K-1 World Grand Prix Final 3rd Place
  • 1998 W.K.N. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 1997 I.S.K.A. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion (first title defence)
  • 1996 I.S.K.A. Muaythai World Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 1995 K-1 World Grand Prix Final Runner Up
  • 1994 R.C.F.A. World Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 1994 I.S.K.A. Full Contact Intercontinental Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 1994 I.S.K.A. Full Contact European Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 1992 I.S.K.A. Full Contact French Super Heavyweight Champion
  • 1992 FFUBADA French Cup Full Contact Champion (-91kg) in Paris
  • 1990 FFUBADA Full Contact French Junior Champion in Gymnase Japy, Paris

Awards

  • 2009 Pantheon of Sports and Martial Arts] Hall of Fame in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007 K-1 World GP 2007 Final MVP and best fight of the tournament versus Hong-Man Choi
  • 1999 Fuji Television Best fight of the K-1 World GP 1999 Final versus Peter Aerts
  • 1997 Fuji Television and Special Ringside Magazine Best fight of the K-1 Grand Prix '97 first round in Osaka versus Rick Roufus
  • 1997 Gold Katana of the best Muaythai fighter at 12th Martial arts Festival, Paris, Bercy

Professional wrestling

  • 2011-2012 IGF Champion

Kickboxing record

Boxing record Pro Wrestling record

Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes

Mixed martial arts record

Filmography

See also

External links

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