17-year-old mixed martial arts prospect Victoria Lee, the younger sister of ONE Championship titleholders Angela and Christian Lee, carried heaps of pressure into her recent professional debut. Days out from the second fight of her career, which will pit her against China's Wang Luping at ONE: BATTLEGROUND this Friday in Singapore, she's feeling a little more at ease.
Lee made her pro debut at ONE: Fists of Fury in February of this year, when she was still just 16, submitting a tough Sunisa Srisen in the second round. The victory, says, made her "so happy"—but the moments that led up to it were a smorgasbord of emotions.
Walking out to the ONE Circle for the fight was particularly intense.
"That was probably the moment where I felt the most emotions, just everything coming together—the nerves and pressure and everything," Lee said, looking back on the first walkout of her career. "I was just focused on just breathing.
"When I was in the cage and the referee started the fight, that's kind of where everything faded away. There were no more emotions, it was just time to fight. I flipped that switch and my training took over.
"My debut went the way I hoped it would go. I know there are still things I can improve on, and I'm in the gym working to improve every day."
Lee is proud of the performance she put forth in her first pro fight—as she should be. Her debut victory has also helped boost her confidence ahead of her fight with Wang.
Fighting is no longer an unfamiliar experience. It's something she's done before—something she knows.
"I think that the nerves are still going to be there, but definitely I'll be more familiar with the whole process the second time around and I think I'll be able to manage and execute our game plan."
A good game plan will be crucial against Wang, who has five times more pro experience than Lee, with a 3-2 overall record.
The 17-year-old is wary of the challenge ahead, particularly because she hasn't been able to find much tape of her foe.
"I don't know too much about her because I haven't been able to find much tape, but I do know she's more experienced, similar to my last opponent. I'm prepared for that.
"Stepping into a fight with anybody, a fight's a fight, and anything can happen. I'm just going to stay focused and stick to the game plan and go for the fastest finish."
If Lee gets by Wang in Singapore, she will still be some distance from the ONE atomweight title. She's ok with that, particularly given that her older sister Angela currently holds that title.
The belt, however, is her ultimate goal, and the thought of winning it fills her with excitement.
"It's my dream to become a world champion one day," she said. "I'm just going to keep training hard until I get there. There's no rush for me. That's just my goal and I'll train hard until I achieve it. It would mean everything to me.
"But I'm just 100 percent focused on my match next week," she added. "That's all that's on my mind. I'm not looking ahead."
As Lee says, the most immediate priority is winning her second pro fight. Propelled by the success of her recent debut, she expects to do so in emphatic fashion.
"I see this fight ending in a first-round submission."
"It's going to be an exciting match and it's going to end faster than my first one."
Serbia's Milica Mandic won her second career gold medal in Olympic taekwondo Tuesday defeating South Korea's Lee Dabin 10-7 in the women's +67 kg category. Mandic had previously won gold at the 2012 London Games. For South Korea, this was the first Olympics in which they failed to win at least one gold medal in their native sport of taekwondo. In men's action, Vladislav Larin, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, defeated North Macedonia's Dejan Georgievski 15-9 to win the men's +80 kg division.
In judo Takanori Nagase won host country Japan's fifth judo gold defeating Mongolia's Saeid Mollaei hitting a tai otoshi (body drop) throw in overtime. On the women's side, Clarisse Agbegnenou of France faced off against Slovenia's Tina Trstenjak who defeated her in the 2016 Olympic finals. This time Agbegnenou got her revenge claiming the gold in the 63 kg class with a kouchi gari, inside trip, in overtime.
Standing across the Circle will be Aung La N Sang, who he will meet in a pivotal clash to see who can make their case for a rematch against ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Reinier De Ridder.
The Brazilian has shown his skills inside the Circle on numerous occasions and posts a 73% finishing rate.
Most would expect the majority of those finishes to come by way of submissions. After all, Ataides is a gold medalist in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2005. However, the amazing athlete has instead shown his power more often than not when the bell rings.
That power brought him close to taking on Aung La N Sang for the gold, but De Ridder edged out the Brazilian on the scorecards to steal his spot.
After coming so close to a second title shot, Ataides will be prepared to get his coveted rematch with the now-champion. But first will be a meeting with "The Burmese Python."
The clash between two veterans will be sure to test both men. In a volatile middleweight division, one highlight-reel victory could be enough to earn either contender that coveted spot as the top contender.
Ahead of his co-main event clash, re-live Ataides' spectacular flying knee knockout against Mohamed Ali.
ONE: Battleground airs live on Friday, July 30, at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST on Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report YouTube, and the Bleacher Report app.
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The best mental health solutions are overlooked when it comes to prevention. Instead, society is conditioned to take a pill to feel better. However, the cure lies within yourself. And the remedy needs to be turned on like a switch. There are many therapies that balance, improve, and enhance mental health. Surprisingly, many of them use movement. Exercise is one of them, but martial arts take the first-place trophy as a perfect natural remedy that works better than any medication.
First of all, mental health comprises your emotional, physical, mental, and social wellbeing. These aspects fuse together to affect how you feel, think, and act. It determines how you live each day, your behaviors, and the choices you make. To feel good and make good choices, you need to have the right frame of mind. Martial arts improve mental health by creating discipline, respect, assertiveness, purpose, confidence, and self-esteem, which all comprise mental health.
By reading the beginning of Jeet Kung Do, you know martial arts is not just about physical health. It is a wholehearted encompassing approach that involves the mind and soul. Bruce Lee's teachings show how martial arts develops, integrates, and fuses the mind, body, and soul. And that perfect technique is not a reflection of physical mastery but also that of the "tri-fusion".
From Jeet Kung Do:
Jeet Kune Do is not a matter of technology but spiritual insight and training.
Jeet Kune Do is not to hurt, but is one of the avenues through which life opens its secrets to us. We can see through others only when we can see through ourselves, and Jeet Kune Do is a step toward knowing oneself.
Self-expression is total, immediate, without conception of time, and you can only express that if you are free, physically and mentally, from fragmentation.
Training is the psychological and physiological conditioning of an individual preparing for intense neural and muscular reaction. It implies discipline of the mind and power and endurance of the body. It means skill. It is all these things working together in harmony.
Training deals not with an object, but with the human spirit and human emotions.
Martial Arts- The Perfect Remedy for Mental Health
Martial arts surround you with people who are respectful, disciplined, confident, and willing to help you master techniques. The repetitious practice of technique and routine transforms the mind with focus, structure, and discipline. Training with other students teaches respect, purpose, and humility. Learning defense and offensive moves creates assertiveness and self-esteem. And as the practice continues, you discover your hidden and unconscious potential by taking a journey into your soul.
Imbalance in the mind, body, or spirit will trickle through and impact life. You have to be careful because the slightest negative issue can create the most significant impact and move fast like a tsunami disrupting every mental health and life aspect. But it also works vice-versa. Sometimes a little bit of confidence creates discipline, and a little bit of discipline can develop confidence. You only need a spark to start a fire.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life." Lao Tzu. This quote also implies that martial arts helps you feel better for a day but teaches you to control and feel better in your life.
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