September 27, 2007

by MMAWeekly.com
K-1 standout Jerome Le Banner has a lot going on in the coming months and 2008. On Saturday, Sept. 29, he returns to the ring in the K-1 Eliminations in Seoul, South Korea. He will also appear in three movies, has launched a new website, and has an online video game.

Le Banner takes on Russian Ruslan Karaev on Saturday in the K-1 Eliminations, hoping to advance to the K-1 Grand Prix Finals scheduled for November.

Owner of a 3-1-1 professional record in mixed martial arts, Le Banner was originally supposed to head an IFL French team in 2008. That plan was put on hold when the IFL announced that they would keep their twelve-team format, nixing plans to increase the league to sixteen teams.

Outside of fighting, Le Banner will star in three movies coming out in 2008. He has a significant role in the second largest European cinematic production in history, “Asterix at Olympic Games.” He’ll also appear in “Babylon AD” alongside Vin Diesel, as well as the French production “Disco.”

A Jerome Le Banner biography will hit the bookstores in 2008 authored by French writer Roger Cornillac. The book doesn’t have a finalized title yet, but the working title thus far is “SDF,” standing for Sex, Drugs and Fights.

Jerome Le Banner recently launched a new website, www.lebannerofficial.com, where fans can keep up with the latest news on the K-1 star. He has also launched an online video game entitled “Jerome Le Banner’s K-1 Fighter” that can be played at www.k1fighter.com.

The game isn’t a kickboxing simulation. It’s more of an entertaining combat game where players can compete against other players and advance through the ranks to become champion. The best players will be eligible for online give-a-ways and cash prizes.

With his IFL plans put on ice, it is unclear just when Le Banner will return to mixed martial arts action, but he’ll be looking for a return to the top of the K-1 heap starting with his bout against Karaev in Seoul on Saturday.