Jérôme Le Banner

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Jérôme Philippe Le Banner
Born (1972-12-26) 26 December 1972 (age 46)
Le Havre, France
Other namesGeronimo
Hyper Battle Cyborg
The Bulldog of Normandy
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight119 kg (262 lb; 18 st 10 lb)
DivisionSuper Heavyweight (Kickboxing)
Heavyweight (MMA), (Boxing)
Reach79.0 in (201 cm)
Fighting out ofÉtretat, Seine-Maritime, France
TeamBorboel & Tosa Gym
Le Banner Xtream Team
Chakuriki Gym
RankBlack belt in Kyokushin
Black belt in Judo
White belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active1992 – present (Kickboxing)
1998 – present (Boxing)
2001 – present (MMA)
2011 – 2014 (Wrestling)
Professional boxing record
By knockout5
Kickboxing record
By knockout69
By knockout13
No contests1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 29, 2019

Jérôme Philippe Le Banner (French pronunciation: ​[ʒeʁom filip lə banɛʁ]; born December 26, 1972) is a French kickboxer. Le Banner fought for most of his career in K-1 and became known for his aggressive fighting style and knockout power. He holds notable victories over Ernesto Hoost (twice), Francisco Filho, Mark Hunt (three times), Sam Greco, Mike Bernardo (twice), Peter Aerts, Rick Roufus, Remy Bonjasky, Tyrone Spong, and Stefan Leko.


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 the age of 18.[2] Le Banner holds a black belt in the Kyokushin Kaikan karate and in judo.[3]


Early career[edit]

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[edit]

On March 3, 1995, Jerome Le Banner made his K-1 debut, winning a five-round decision over Nokweed Davy. Le Banner was at 107 kg while Nokweed was at 74 kg. Two months later, on May 4, 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[edit]

After the 1995 K-1 GP, Le Banner was drafted by the French Army, and also had trouble with his trainer so he could not train for a year. His conscription ended in April 1996. He also hired a new trainer.

On June 1, 1996 in 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[edit]

During 1997 Le Banner had trouble with his trainer again. As a result, Le Banner contracted former Christophe Tiozzo's promoter Jean-Christophe Courrèges. In 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 6 fights, 6 wins, 5 KOs, 1 win by DQ. He was supposed to fight under boxing rules in the Madison Square Garden on February and March 1999, but had trouble with Don King about his contract so these matches were cancelled by King.

Return to K-1[edit]

Le Banner could not fight both kickboxing and boxing due to contract problems. In 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 became 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 the first round.

Matches of K-1 GP 99 final[edit]

On December 5, at the Tokyo Dome, K-1 Grand Prix '99 Final Round, Le Banner fought against three-time defending K-1 GP champion Peter Aerts in the Quarter Final. Le Banner wanted to have 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 at 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"[edit]

On April 23, 2000 at K-1 The Millennium, Le Banner fought against Kyokushin World Open Karate Tournament 1999 champion Francisco Filho. Just 1 year before from this match, Filho had beat 1999 K-1 GP champion Ernesto Hoost by knockout. But Le Banner knocked out Filho unconscious with a left straight punch in the first round. This knock out is called "The biggest KO of this thousand years" (or the Millennium KO) by the ringside announcers and Japanese media. Le Banner's left arm and left punch have 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 K-1 World Grand Prix tournament by three first-round KOs, the fastest win in K-1 history in a 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 one of the biggest upsets ever in K-1. After this event, Japanese combat sports magazine SRS-DX published a picture of the moment Hunt hit Le Banner's face with an elbow; however, this didn't change the match's result into disqualification.[citation needed]

Rubber match against Hunt in Paris[edit]

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[edit]

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 round. This match was stopped by 3-knock down rule. 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[4]).

After broken left arm[edit]

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 two-time 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 judges admitted the decision was a mistake, and this match's result was officially changed to "Le Banner defeated Bonjasky by unanimous decision (30–29)".[5]

In 2006, Le Banner announced that hope to fight against current UFC heavyweight world champion Tim Sylvia in UFC rule.[6][7]

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 with a straight punch and qualify himself for the K-1 World GP 2007 Final held on December 8, 2007 held at the Yokohama Arena, Japan.[8]

On December 8, 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, on which he had surgery in early 2007. The fight was eventually stopped by Le Banner's corner throwing 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 September 26 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[edit]

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 event 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 Olympic 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.[9] 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[edit]

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 faced 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 won this fight by liver kick knockout in the third round.

In parallel, he fought a Pro Wrestling charity match for victims 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.[10] 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 faced in a kickboxing charity exhibition match Japanese kickboxer Masayoshi Kakutani and won by TKO in the first round.

He began to train in MMA in the U.S.A. in November 2011. He was scheduled to fight Marcin Różalski at the Main Event of the KSW 18 on February 25. However, a knee injury forced Le Banner off the card.[11] 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.[12]

He contracted with his rival & friend Ray Sefo's organization MMA World Series of Fighting.[13]

He rematched Koichi Pettas at Glory 8: Tokyo - 2013 65kg Slam in Tokyo, Japan on May 3, 2013 and won by unanimous decision.[14][15]

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.[16]

He was to face James Smith at Fight Night Saint Tropez in Saint-Tropez, France on August 4, 2013[17] 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.[18]

He was set to fight Sergei Kharitonov at Glory 10: Los Angeles – 2013 85kg Slam in Ontario, California, United States on September 28, 2013[19] but withdrew after suffering a neck injury.[20]

Le Banner knocked out Zinedine Hameur-Lain in round two at La 20ème Nuit des Champions in Marseille, France on November 23, 2013.[21][22]

The Sergei Kharitonov fight was rescheduled for Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013.[23] Le Banner lost by unanimous decision.[24]

He beat Lucian Danilencu via second-round KO at Final Fight – Retour aux sources in Le Havre, France on May 30, 2014.[25]

He defeated Colin George at Fight Night Saint-Tropez II in Saint-Tropez, France on August 4, 2014.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing and Muay thai[edit]

  • 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 (−91 kg) in Paris
  • 1990 FFUBADA Full Contact French Junior Champion in Gymnase Japy, Paris


Professional wrestling[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record
Boxing record
Pro Wrestling record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
7 matches 3 wins 3 losses
By knockout 3 0
By submission 0 2
By decision 0 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 3–3 Roque Martinez Submission (scarf-hold headlock) Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round – Part 2 October 15, 2017 1 5:10 Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 3–2 Satoshi Ishii Decision (unanimous) Dynamite!! 2010 December 31, 2010 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 3–1 Jimmy Ambriz KO (punch) K-1 Hero's 4 March 15, 2006 1 2:04 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–1 Alan Karaev TKO (body kick) K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!! December 31, 2005 2 1:14 Osaka, Japan
Win 1–1 Yoshihiro Akiyama KO (knees) K-1 Hero's 1 March 26, 2005 1 2:24 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 0–1 Tadao Yasuda Submission (forearm choke) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001 December 31, 2001 2 2:50 Saitama, Saitama, Japan

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 0–0–1 Bob Sapp Draw K-1 PREMIUM 2004 Dynamite!! December 31, 2004 3 3:00 Tokyo, Japan The fight was with both Mixed Martial Arts and K-1 Rules.


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Scorpion Elias French Major Film
2008 Asterix at the Olympic Games Claudius Cornedurus French Major Film
2008 Disco Rodolphe French Major Film
2008 Babylon A.D. Killa French Major Film
2008 Boxing My Shadow Documentary DVD
2010 Fatal Hervé Willard French Major Film
2010 Bruc. La llegenda Baraton Spanish Major Film
2011 Oubl Bob French Short Film
2012 Les Infidèles French Major Film
2012 Les Mouvements du bassin Charles French Major Film
2012 Scènes de ménages French Short Series
2013 L'Itinéraire d'un Caïd French Short Film
2016 Exterminatus Orias French Short Film
2016 Chefs Le gros French Series
2019 Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon Bob French Movie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jérôme Le Banner". Le Banner's Official. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Le Banner Exclusive Interview". Ironlife.com. Retrieved September 19, 2005.
  3. ^ Biography for Jérôme Le Banner on IMDb
  4. ^ "Jerome Le Banner: K-1's Most Popular Commodity Seeks Grand Prix Title". MMA FanHouse. Archived from the original on December 8, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2009.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  5. ^ "Official Release about Le Banner vs Bonjasky's decision". K-1 Official Website. Retrieved June 30, 2006.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Lebanner challenges sylvia". MMAweekly. Retrieved February 26, 2006.
  7. ^ "Lebanner Talks K-1, Tim Sylvia & IFL". MMAweekly. Retrieved December 1, 2006.
  8. ^ "In with the Old and the New at the K-1 Final Elimination". K-1 Grand Prix Website. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2007.
  9. ^ "Dream Adds Three Dynamite!! 2010 Bouts, No Opponent For Alistair Overeem Yet". MMAWeekly.com. December 22, 2010.
  10. ^ 藤田、王者レバンナ破った/IGF. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). July 14, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  11. ^ "Le Banner Injured; Valentijn Overeem Meets Marcin Rozalski in New KSW 18 Headliner". sherdog.com. February 22, 2012.
  12. ^ Rian Scalia. "Robin van Roosmalen vs. Yuichiro Nagashima, Jerome Le Banner vs. Koichi Pettas added to DREAM 18/GLORY 4 on NYE". LiverKick.com.
  13. ^ Rian Scalia. "Jerome Le Banner, Tyrone Spong In MMA World Series Of Fighting". LiverKick.com.
  14. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 8 Tokyo 65kg Tournament Matches Announced". LiverKick.com.
  15. ^ Rian Scalia. "GLORY 8 Tokyo Live Results". LiverKick.com.
  16. ^ Dave Walsh. "Jerome Le Banner Successful Against Roman Kleibl". LiverKick.com.
  17. ^ Dave Walsh. "Jerome Le Banner, Arnold Oborotov and Stefan Leko in Action in France Next Month". LiverKick.com.
  18. ^ Dave Walsh. "Jerome Le Banner Stops Vitaly Akhramenko in France". LiverKick.com.
  19. ^ Dave Walsh. "GLORY 10 Los Angeles: Middleweight Tournament". LiverKick.com.
  20. ^ Dave Walsh. "Jerome Le Banner Pulls Out of GLORY 10 Due to Neck Injury". LiverKick.com.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 1, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ Dave Walsh. "GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers". LiverKick.com.
  25. ^ Dave Walsh. "Weekend Results: Jerome Le Banner Wins in France". LiverKick.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  26. ^ Carl Emery. "Jérôme Le Banner, premier lauréat du Panthéon des Sports et Arts Martiaux".
  27. ^ "INOKI GENOME追加対戦カード発表のお知らせ (2011/08/22)". Inoki Genome Federation (in Japanese). August 22, 2011. Archived from the original on September 19, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  28. ^ "Croring Magazine – Vijest – Jerome Le Banner oprašta se protiv Mauricea Jacksona". Croring.com. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  29. ^ Fight Night Saint-Tropez 2014 Results
  30. ^ "Jerome Le Banner Decisions Stefan Leko in Geneva". liverkick.com. Retrieved June 12, 2011.

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