Hot on the heels of K-1 MAX legend Mike Zambidis hanging up the gloves K-1 legend Jerome Le Banner has followed suit and ended his JLB Retirement tour with a victory in France. He fought against a late replacement of Karl Roberson from the United States and Roberson impressed many with his performance against Le Banner. JLB was victorious, which is what matters here, and gets to go out a champion. Congratulations Jerome and thanks for the marvelous career.
Of course, there were more fights on this Fight Night San Tropez card, a lot of which involved some big names. The show was a mix of muay thai and kickboxing and, well, some stuff went down, that's for sure. The big news would have to be Aleksandr Vezhevatov defeating Filip Verlinden as well as Sergei Papin defeating Danyo Ilunga. Yohan Lidon was victorious over Jonatan Oliveira to round out the card and it's interesting that a card like this will be impacting global rankings so much.
Results thanks to our friends at Kiksie, an awesome Kickboxing database that everyone should be checking out.1. Kickboxing 4×2Sharos Huyer (Italy) def. Bakari Tounkara (France) by decision2. Kickboxing 4×2Frank Munoz (Spain) def. Zinedine Hameur-Lain (France)3. Muay Thai 5×3Yodwicha Por Boonsit (Thailand) def. Jimmy Vienot (France) by decision4. Kickboxing 4×2Fabrice Aurieng (France) def. Yuksel Ayaydin (France/Turkey) by decision5. Kickboxing 4×2Aleksander Vezhevatov (Russia) def. Filip Verlinden (Belgium) by decision6. Muay Thai 5×3Lizzie Largilliere (France) def. Petchoydying Mor (Thailand)7. Kickboxing 4×2Sergei Papin (Russia) def. Danyo Ilunga (Germany) by decision8. Muay Thai 3×3Yohan Lidon (France) def. Jonatan Oliveira (Brazil) by TKO9. Kickboxing 5×2Jérôme Le Banner (France) def. Karl Roberson (United States) by decision