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Schooling tries out MMA with ONE stars

by November 24, 2016 General

Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling (middle) together with Christain Lee and Angela Lee. Handout photo

MANILA — Joseph Schooling, Singapore’s first Olympic gold medalist, recently tried out mixed martial arts (MMA) with ONE atomweight champion Angela Lee and her sibling Christian Lee at the Evolve Far East Square in Singapore.

The 21-year-old champion swimmer, who is no stranger to tough workout regimens, said it was interesting to try MMA.

“It’s really great cardio,” Schooling said after the MMA drills. “I just did it for 20 minutes and I’m already out of breath.”

Schooling beat US legend Michael Phelps in the men’s 100-meter butterfly event at the recent Rio Olympics to become the first Singaporean ever to win an Olympic gold medal.

Angela, the youngest MMA fighter ever to win a world championship, said she sees potential in Schooling as an MMA fighter. 

“Joseph is a strong athlete, which I find very impressive. I know Olympic swimming doesn’t involve anything even remotely near fighting, but he just has that natural power. I was able to feel it while I was holding the pads,” she said.

She added that Schooling is a natural athlete who can easily adapt to any sport.

“Being a fighter or a world champion in MMA is not an overnight success. A lot of hard work goes into it. No one is ever born a champion. A lot of people don’t see what goes on behind the scenes,” Angela said. 

“But Joseph is really strong and flexible, his body composition is perfect for martial arts. He’s a natural.”

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