Known to his many fans as “Geronimo,” Jerome Le Banner is one of the most popular fighters in the worlds of kick-boxing and mixed martial arts. Le Banner’s impressive fight record includes numerous title wins, including 2011 I.S.K.A. World Super Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion and 2010 W.P.M.F. World Super Heavyweight Muaythai Champion.
Jerome Le Banner was born in Le Havre, in the Normandy region of France in 1972. He may have been destined to fight: his father was a semi-professional boxer with the fearsome nickname “The Normandy Bull.” At age six, Le Banner began studying judo and was captivated as a teen by Bruce Lee, whose fighting style became a major influence.
Bursting onto the fight scene at 18, Le Banner quickly established himself with a series of impressive victories, culminating in his 1994 win of the I.S.K.A. Full-Contact Intercontinental Championship. Le Banner holds a black belt in Kyokushin, a full contact karate style, and is known for his hard-hitting punch and solid KO record. He has come back from two career-halting injuries, including knee damage that resulted in surgery.
Le Banner is a fan favorite at Japan’s mixed martial arts tournament, K-1. His crowd-pleasing performances at K-1 have made Le Banner one of the most popular and recognizable kickboxers in the world. His face has also graced the silver screen in a number of Spanish- and French-language films, including the forthcoming “Braquages” and “Oubli.”