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Tim Sylvia Could Face Jerome Le Banner Next

(Jerome would like to know if you’re going to finish that baguette.)

MMA Weekly is reporting that Affliction is in negotiations with French kickboxer Jerome Le Banner, with the intention of setting up a fight between the former K-1 star and Tim Sylvia for Affliction’s third MMA show (early ’09, location TBA). According to Le Banner’s agent Alan Kermorvan, “We have been talking with Tom Atencio for about two weeks about this possibility…I’m pretty sure we can work out something pretty quickly, it’s just not signed yet.”

Though he never held a title in K-1, Le Banner holds notable kickboxing wins over Peter Aerts, Ernesto Hoost, Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, Mark Hunt, and Hong Man Choi. He is 3-1-1 as a mixed martial artist, with his last MMA fight resulting in a first-round knockout victory over Jimmy Ambriz at K-1 Hero’s 4 in March 2006.

A matchup between Sylvia and JLB would represent the culmination of a rather-entertaining war of words that’s gone on for the last couple years, which began with Le Banner publicly dissing the Maine-iac for being a boring fighter with overrated striking. Sylvia responded by challenging Le Banner to a fight on his home turf, but the match didn’t come together due to Le Banner’s refusal to sign an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the UFC. In an interview with Fighthype last December, Le Banner referred to Sylvia as “big sausage,” and called him “so ugly and annoying.”

In addition to Affliction’s pursuit of Le Banner, Tom Atencio told that he’s interested in signing Sergei Kharitonov, the heavyweight PRIDE standout who was briefly rumored to be fighting Antonio Silva for EliteXC’s heavyweight title.

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Anonymous- December 11, 2008 at 4:17 pm
Sylvia would shit his pants in this fight also.The smelly fuck.
KTFO- September 4, 2008 at 3:14 am
You're a can!
Anonymous- September 1, 2008 at 5:34 am
i dont understand how don frye is a notable kickboxing win when the guys a wrestler whose not known for his stand up technique .In the kickboxing world don frye's the biggest can ull find.
KTFO- August 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm
Sylvia is going to find out what french pee pee pee tastes like now....Can't be any worse than Belarussian.
fuckin man- August 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm
peter aerts also beat jarome u no
KellenAvalanche- August 29, 2008 at 12:20 am
(Jerome would like to know if you’re going to finish that baguette.)

That's fucking funny.
miles- August 28, 2008 at 8:28 pm
Ah classic K1 memories: Le Banner turning Aerts into a goofy-faced rag doll. Would love to see him in some real MMA, and killing Tim Sylvia at the same time would be a bonus.
Geriatric Peon- August 28, 2008 at 8:22 pm
Photo caption made the whole article worth it.
lol- August 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm
Le Banner is going to destroy timmah.