Two kickboxers, eye-to-eye, when suddenly… (video)

I LOVE this. It’s a short clip from 1995 of the semi-final round of a kickboxing tournament in Tokyo, Japan. In the ring are Mike Bernardo of South Africa and Jerome Le Banner of France.

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Both boxers get really close, right before the fight starts, in an attempt to psyche each other out.  Then something happens.  This is why I love the French.


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  • Cast
  • http://joeclark.org/weblogs/ Joe Clark

    The word is “psych.” Kissing is not a component of the psyche, nor is kickvoguing, as some of us call kickboxing.

  • C.j. Hatter

    Awwwww. . . Mike Bernardo committed suicide last year. :(
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Bernardo

  • Butch1

    What a homophobic ass. “I’m not gay.” So, he sucker punches him and knocks him out before the bell sounds. Did he think his honor needed defended? He could have laughed it off if he was secure in his on sexual identity. What a jerk the way he tried to explain himself afterwards. He just kept digging the hole deeper and deeper.

  • Ninong

    I posted that by mistake but I can’t delete it because it’s showing me as “Guest.” Anyway, I was googling around and found examples of Le Banner kissing his opponents on the cheek after defeating them and them kissing him back on the cheek. So I guess he’s known for this?

    The other guy, Mike Bernardo, took his own life last year at the age of 42. I wonder if it could have been due to depression caused by brain trauma resulting from too many blows to the head during his professional career? You see the same thing in some retired NFL players who took their own lives in their 30’s or 40’s.

  • Ninong

    Bernardo kissed first and then Le Banner kissed him right back.

  • Sweetie

    Too bad about the whole kickboxing aspect, though. Violence doesn’t do it for me.

  • pappyvet

    Oh my, there’s a left jab a guy could deal with.

  • dula

    Oh my, how could they fight after that?

  • Jafafa Hots

    And the French rioted in the streets, right?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL seriously

  • woodroad34

    playful kisses–kinda sexy.

  • mamazboy

    The whole world could benefit from studying this.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yes I saw that one, almost posted it. I just can’t believe the S. African in the first video simply kissed him back :)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That was delightful!

  • cole3244

    viva la france, they’re the reason we are free from english rule today.
    ps – thanks for the great lady also.

  • Cast

    Here’s the flip side of that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIYO_Nh2vRc

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