ONE Championship held a meet-and-greet session with Rio Olympics gold medalist Joseph Schooling on Wednesday at the Evolve Far East Square in Singapore where the world and Olympic champion swimmer stepped inside the cage with MMA fighters.
The 21-year-old Schooling took the cage and had drills with fellow Singaporeans and ONE fighters Christian Lee and his older sister, ONE women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee. The champion swimmer tried MMA skills for the first time, including striking, grappling, and basic mechanics of self-defense.
“It’s really great cardio. I just did it for 20 minutes and I'm already out of breath,” said Schooling.
During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Schooling became Singapore’s first Olympic gold medalist, while setting an Olympic world record in the men’s 100m butterfly event with an official time of 50.39 seconds.
He defeated Michael Phelps in that swim as the Olympic legend came in second place with a time of 51.14 seconds.
Lee currently holds the ONE women’s atomweight title that she won via a unanimous decision win over Mei Yamaguchi of Japan last May.