Posted by Junior24
Jerome Lebanner (K-1)*NOTE: Just started MMA. God I wish he would sign w/UFC or Pride this year.
I know its an old thread, but I must note that JLB will never appear in the UFC. Thank god. He just doesnt have any wrestling ability, his MMA showings were terrible. He gets taken down and then just waits for the standup so he can get the KO. He is poor at MMA, and Im a huge JLB fan! People say the same thing about Buakaw, but he needs to stick to K-1 MAX and Muay Thai bouts.
They shouldnt change games, the ones who do well in MMA are the ones who cross train from a young age, people who get strong in one field them come to MMA often do poorly when their weakness gets exploited, the exception to the rule is Cro Cop, and he often got by with his killer sprawl.
My kings without crowns are
Jerome Le Banner - an absolute tank. Awesome in every field of striking, his defence, offence, footwork, head movement, game plans etc are all amazing, but he has terrible luck in GPs. He just never quite seems to make it. He will never go in the books alongside names like Aerts, Bonjasky and Hoost in terms of success, but anyone who knows K-1 knows JLB, and will have immense respect for him.
Cro Cop is my other vote. Yes he has the Pride 2006 OWGP, which is a great title, but imo some people overlook it. I know Fedor was the unmoveable rock that sat on the title and didnt let anyone near it, but Cro Cop as close as only Nogueira, Hunt and Fujita did. And I only put Fujita on there because he rocked Fedor for a second before getting destroyed.