MMA: Joseph Schooling joins Angela Lee's entourage for One Championship event in Singapore on May 26

Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling (right) will accompany mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Angela Lee to the cage during the One: Dynasty of Heroes fight at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26, 2017.
Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling (right) will accompany mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Angela Lee to the cage during the One: Dynasty of Heroes fight at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26, 2017.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling will accompany mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Angela Lee to the cage during the One: Dynasty of Heroes fight at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26.

Lee, who is of Singaporean and Korean descent, will defend her One Championship atomweight championship belt against Brazil's Istela Nunes in a five-round bout.

Last year, the 20-year-old Lee beat Mei Yamaguchi to become One Championship's first female world champion and also the youngest winner of an MMA world title.

She said: "I am very happy to be including Joseph Schooling in my walkout as I defend my world title for the second time, this time right here in Singapore. I can't wait to hear the roar of the crowd as their two champions walk out to the cage, one holding the One Championship belt and the other with the Singapore national flag."

Schooling, 21, is a big MMA fan. The University of Texas junior said that One Championship had approached him to do a walkout during last November's event in Singapore but he could not accept the invitation due to school commitments.

The 100m butterfly Olympic gold medallist did participate in a sparring session with Lee then and was delighted to be a part of her second title defence.

Lee retained her world title with a technical knock out win over Chinese Taipei's Jenny Huang earlier this month in Thailand.

Schooling said: "This time round, I definitely do not want to miss the chance to walk alongside ONE Women's Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, as she defends her title against Istela Nunes. I am looking forward to the event on May 26 - it will definitely be spectacular.