MMA: Joseph Schooling does not think he is cut out for mixed martial arts

Olympic champion Joseph Schooling will be supporting Angela Lee during her fight on May 26.
Olympic champion Joseph Schooling will be supporting Angela Lee during her fight on May 26.PHOTO: TWITTER/ST SPORTS DESK

SINGAPORE - Water is Olympic champion Joseph Schooling's element, so it is little wonder the 21-year-old "cannot imagine stepping into the (mixed martial arts) cage and fighting".

Nevertheless, the Singaporean is looking forward to playing a supporting role alongside MMA fighter Angela Lee at the One: Dynasty of Heroes event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26.

Schooling, who is in town to accompany Lee to the cage, said on Thursday: "MMA is a great workout and I used to do a bit of boxing back at Bolles and it got us into great shape.

"But I don't think I'm cut out for that (sport)... I think I'll just stick to swimming."

The Olympic 100m butterfly champion's next big meet is the July 14-30 Fina World Championships in Budapest, where he is aiming to break Michael Phelps' world record of 49.82 in the same event.

Asked about his preparations for the biennial meet, however, Schooling replied: "I'd love to answer that question, but tonight's about Angela's fight tomorrow.

"If you ask me that question after the fight I'd be happy to answer that but like I said, I think tonight should be about Angela and not about me - I'm just here to support her."

Schooling has qualified for four races at the world championships - the 50m, 100m and 200m fly, as well as the 100m freestyle.

His last meet was the May 4-7 Arena Pro Swim Series in Atlanta, where he clocked 1min 56.45sec in the 200m fly to finish second and qualify for the world championships.