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WATCH: Two Kickboxers Move In For The Kill, Er, Kiss

In 1995 South African kickboxer Michael Bernardo met France’s Jerome Le Banner in the ring for a semi-final round in Tokyo. The opponents move in for the kill, lock eyes and …kiss each other.

Today at 40, Le Banner is still a champion athlete, having most recently won contests this summer. Unfortunately, Bernardo committed suicide last year following a long battle with depression.

h/t AmericanBlog

By:          EDITORS
On:           Jul 5, 2013
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    • tookietookie

      That was so sweet.

      Jul 6, 2013 at 12:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvsBTM

      Ahhh, le Français + Suid-Afrikaner = Rainbow-coloured unicorns!

      Jul 6, 2013 at 4:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dxley

      Dt wasi nodig om joslf dood te maki, Michael. Rest In Peace!!!

      Jul 6, 2013 at 6:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Homophile

      Totes adorbs.

      Jul 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777

      Aww, I didn’t hear about his suicide. That’s fucked up. I always loved this clip.

      Jul 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caliban

      Yeah, this is a great clip. What I like about it is that the first kiss is supposed to be an insult to the masculinity of the other fighter, a move other boxer/fighters have pulled with sometimes violent results. But instead of reacting in homophobic horror, the other fighter kisses him back and smiles, not really in a homoerotic way but more like, “You goof! I’m not insulted by that” and they have a shared moment that’s almost sweet because they’re seeing each other as real people instead of just macho gladiators.

      Jul 7, 2013 at 11:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • n900mixalot

      Won’t see anything like that in America… land of the free and repressed.

      Jul 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz

      It would be more touching if the follow up wasn’t: and then died of mental illness.

      Jul 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D P

      Aww.. That was really sweet!

      Jul 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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