Jerome Le Banner will headline KSW 18. | Photo: Taro
18 “Unfinished Sympathy” has an official headliner, as
decorated kickboxer Jerome Le
Banner will take on Poland’s Marcin
Rozalski in a heavyweight bout on Feb. 25.
The promotion first announced the matchup on Tuesday, and on
Thursday Le Banner confirmed it on his website.
A formidable kickboxing presence in K-1 for over a decade, Le
Banner last competed in mixed martial arts on New Year’s Eve in
2010, dropping a unanimous decision to Satoshi
Ishii. The 39-year-old Frenchman is 3-2 in MMA bouts since
2001, including knockout victories against Yoshihiro
Akiyama, Alan Karaev
Ambriz. A veteran of 59 K-1 fights, Le Banner owns notable wins
Hunt, Peter Aets, Ernesto
Hoost and Mushashi in that sport.
Rozalski competed twice under the KSW banner in 2011, besting
Bartkiewicz via second-round doctor stoppage in March and
Shemetov by first-round technical knockout in May.
Scheduled to take place at the Orlen Arena in Plock, Poland, KSW 18
is also expected to include two more heavyweight bouts, as
Szczecin, Poland's Karol
Bedorf will take on Chicago’s David Oliva,
while Warsaw’s Kamil Walus
will lock horns with Kamil Bazelak.