The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), held a meet and greet session with world champion swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling today at the Evolve Far East Square in Singapore. Schooling stepped inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage today and worked on some drills with ONE Championship athlete Christian “The Warrior” Lee and older sister, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee.
Earlier today at Evolve Mixed Martial Arts Far East Square, world champion swimmer 21-year-old Joseph Schooling took to the MMA cage to showcase a different set of skills. Assisting Schooling in his first experience training in MMA were ONE superstars Christian and Angela Lee. Schooling was guided in a few striking and grappling drills, as well as taught the basic mechanics of self-defense.
Schooling, who is no stranger to tough workout regimens, said it was interesting to try mixed martial arts.
“It’s really great cardio,” Schooling said about the MMA drills. “I just did it for 20 minutes and I’m already out of breath.”
Joseph Schooling was born and raised in Singapore and is a third generation Singaporean. During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he became the country’s first Olympic gold medalist in nearly 51 years. On 12 August 2016, Schooling set an Olympic world record in the Men’s 100m Butterfly event with an official time of 50.39 seconds, defeating the United States’ Michael Phelps who came in at 2nd place with a time of 51.14 seconds.
Angela Lee is a mixed martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s women’s atomweight division. She currently holds the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, which she acquired via hard-fought unanimous decision in a grueling five-round battle opposite Japanese MMA veteran Mei Yamaguchi this past May. Christian is Angela’s younger brother and is himself a highly-regarded MMA prospect. Both of their parents are decorated martial artists with black belts in multiple fighting disciplines.