|GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK|
Gold: Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron
(France, Figure Skating)
Russia was absent from the Figure Skating World Championships but that does not take away from Gabriella Papadakis / Guillaume Cizeron, who won their fifth Ice Dance World Championship -which places them second of all time-, one month after their maiden Olympic gold. It was sweeter winning in Montpellier. They also broke the World Records yet again in Combined, Free Dance, and Short Dance. Their total best is now 229.82.
Shoma Uno (JPN) took advantage of Nathan Chen’s (USA) absence to win the Men’s Individual Title, while the Russian absences also opened the way for Alexa Knierim / Brandon Frazier (USA) in Pairs, and for Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) in Women’s Singles.
Watch their Short Dance (CBC Sports)
Silver: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao
(Thailand, Muay Thai)
Nong-O continues to cement his place as one of the best Muay Thai fighters of all time, by beating Felipe Lobo (BRA) with a brutal third-round uppercut to defend the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship for a record-setting fifth time. he has been a World Champion in five different weight classes and has won all eight bouts since his comeback in 2018.
Other legends featured in the Singaporean card included the Mixed combat sports fight between Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon (THA) and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (USA). Jitmuangnon had a good Muay Thay Round 1 but Johnson won the fight via submission when the rules changed to MMA for Round 2,
Watch the Full Fight (ONE)
Bronze: Superbon Singha Mawynn
Superbon proved why so many people have him as the best Pound for Pound kickboxer in the world, as he defeated Marat Grigorian (ARM) to defend the ONE Kickboxing Featherweight title, of which he is the first Champion after beating one of the greatest of all time, Giorgio Petrosyan (ARM/ITA). He now has one of the greatest streaks in history, amassing 12 wins since he lost to Grigorian in a first-round Knock-Out, back in 2018.
On the same card, Chingiz “Chinga” Allazov (BLR) beat Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong in the ONE Featherweight World Grand Prix Championship Final, setting up the clash against Nong-O. Another great fight was the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship fight where Hiroki Akimoto (JPN) dethroned “One-Punch Man” Capitan Petchyindee (THA), in a decision.
Watch the last punches (ONE)