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NEW YORK -- There is no doubt Joanna Jedrzejczyk is the greatest female strawweight in Poland -- and the world, for that matter. Jerseys Wholesale .In an all-Polish championship fight, Jedrzejczyk dominated fellow countrywoman Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a five-round unanimous decision. The title defense, Jedrzejczyks fourth, took place at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden.All three judges scored it 49-46 for Jedrzejczyk. The bout fell out of her control only once, when she ate a hard Kowalkiewicz right hand and briefly fell down. It was one of the diciest moments of Jedrzejczyks UFC career, but she recovered quickly.I wasnt hurt that badly, Jedrzejczyk said. It was just for a second. I felt great. I felt I controlled the fight. Polish girls are the toughest in the world. Im very happy she and other Polish fighters joined the UFC.Fighting out of American Top Team in Florida for the first time, Jedrzejczyk (13-0) chewed up Kowalkiewiczs lead leg with kicks the entire 25 minutes. Jedrzejczyk also had the quicker draw coming out of the clinch and repeatedly landed short elbows, punches and even a few head kicks in close proximity.Kowalkiewicz (10-1) looked for takedowns sporadically throughout the bout, but like so many of Jedrzejczyks former opponents, she found them difficult to convert. Kowalkiewicz appeared to be happy at times to simply hold Jedrzejczyk up against the fence, to slow her offense.According to FightMetric, Jedrzejczyk outlanded Kowalkiewicz in total strikes 171-50. Jedrzejczyk entered the bout with a career 575-195 strike advantage in title fights.Shes the best in the world, Kowalkiewicz said. It was a very hard fight. Im very proud, because I gave everything I had.Jedrzejczyk entered the fight as ESPN.coms No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound female fighter in the world. Saturdays fight marked the sixth time in UFC history a title fight featured two undefeated fighters. Jedrzejczyk is the second-longest reigning champion in the UFC, behind only mens flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.You know why I stay champion? Jedrzejczyk said. Im humble every day. Im very focused. I challenge myself every day. Thats why Im still a champion. Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. Jerseys NFL Cheap . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. http://www.cheapjerseys.faith/ . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Joseph Schooling was working on a school essay one morning in 2008 when Michael Phelps showed up to train at his club in Singapore ahead of the Beijing Olympics.While other kids rushed at Phelps wanting photos, Schooling was frozen. He couldnt believe his swimming idol was in front of him. Eventually, the 13-year-old mustered the courage to get a picture, too.I couldnt really smile, Schooling said. I just opened my mouth.Their long-ago chance meeting made the rounds of social media Friday night after Schooling upset Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly to win his island nations first Olympic gold, with the American losing the last individual race of his career. Phelps finished in a three-way tie for silver with longtime rivals Chad le Clos of South Africa and Lazslo Cseh of Hungary.A lot of this is because of Michael, Schooling said. Hes the reason why I want to be a better swimmer.The youthful looking Schooling might be unknown to the rest of the world, but in swimming circles he has solid credentials. He earned bronze in the 100 fly at last years world championships in Russia, and he owns a slew of medals from the Asian, Commonwealth and Southeast Asian Games.The 21-year-old Schooling competes for the University of Texas, where hell be a junior this fall. He swept the 100 and 200 butterfly at this years NCAA championships and swam on all three winning relays for the Longhorns. He has the schools mascot and the words `Come and take it tattooed on his left shoulder blade.Did he ever.Schooling created a stir in the preliminaries, beating Phelps by 0.19 seconds in their shared heat. They swam in different semifinal heats, with Schooling winning his and Phelps getting beat by Cseh in the other.Schooling was just getting warmed up.He won gold in an Olympic-record 50.39 seconds, leaving Phelps, Le Clos and Cseh in hiis wake. Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys. The winning margin of 0.75 seconds was the largest since American Mark Spitz won gold at the 1972 Munich Games and the time was faster than Phelps winning time four years ago in London.I dont think Im anywhere close to these three guys next to me, Schooling said. A real roller coaster ride and a real fun one, too.Phelps steered Schooling in the proper direction during the medalists parade around the deck, the veteran of dozens of such walks showing the newest champion the way.I was like, `Dude, this is crazy, Schooling told Phelps. He looked at me, he smiled and its just, `I know.At the medalists news conference, Phelps urged reporters to ask Schooling some questions.Im proud of Joe, Phelps said. Ive been able to watch him grow and turn into the swimmer that he is.By winning his countrys first Olympic gold, Schooling earned a bonus of $1 million Singapore dollars or nearly $750,000 US. Hell have to give back $150,000 US to the National Sports Association for future training and development.I hope this paves a new road for sports in Singapore, Schooling said. I hope it shows that people from the smallest countries in the world can do extraordinary things. Hopefully, it changes all of sporting culture in Singapore.Schoolings grand-uncle Lloyd Valberg was Singapores first Olympian at the 1948 London Games. Hearing about him as a child, Schooling told his father he wanted to compete in the Olympics.This race means more to my family and my friends and those people who supported me. I did this for them, Schooling said. When you race for people bigger than yourself, I think it means a lot to accomplish what you wanted to.---AP Sports Writer James Ellingworth contributed to this report. 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