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    Although UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao is among the worlds best mixed martial artists, hes still working on building a significant fan base in North America. Sergio Aguero Jersey . His biggest fan in the world just might be UFC President Dana White, and thats just one reason Barao is the star of UFC 173. Barao (34-1) faces T.J. Dillashaw in the main event at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Saturday, headlining the UFCs traditional Memorial Day weekend card in its hometown. "I think (Barao) is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world," White said. "I love this guy." Its tough to argue with White, given Baraos 22-fight winning streak and perfect record in UFC competition. The 135-pound Brazilian dynamo excels with both jiu-jitsu and strikes, fighting with a flair that has led to stoppages in six of his last nine fights. "I think I have a lot to improve in my game, but its always a pleasure to hear from your boss that you are the No. 1," Barao said. "This is the recognition of the hard work and training." Barao likely faces bigger obstacles than Dillashaw (10-2), a heavy underdog, on his path to stardom. Barao is a champion of a lighter weight class, which makes him traditionally less interesting to many fight fans. He also doesnt speak much English, making him tough to promote in North America. Even his Brazilian fans dont know much about his personality outside the cage -- although at least they know his last name isnt actually Barao, the Portuguese word for Baron and a nickname given to him by his grandmother. But with the UFC looking for new attractions in the absence of Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva, Barao is getting a chance to show off his incredible skills on another major stage, and White is confident fans will figure out what theyre seeing. "With Anderson, it took a long time for people to catch on," White said of his long-reigning former middleweight champion. "It doesnt happen overnight. When you look at the numbers, its all there. (Barao) is a killer. He tries to go in there and finish. Hes the type of guy I like to watch fight." Dillashaw worked his way into position for a title shot with five wins in six fights, but his matchup with Barao is the fourth fight that has been scheduled to headline this card. The Northern California native is eager to take advantage of the chance created when Raphael Assuncao, who beat Dillashaw by split decision last October, dropped out of this title shot with a rib injury. "Hes a great champion, but everyone has holes in their game," Dillashaw said. "Hes sloppy in exchanges, but he makes it work because hes a big, powerful athlete. I need to stay with what Im good at and use my angles to disrupt his power." Just in case Baraos fight against a game underdog doesnt intrigue enough pay-per-view buyers, UFC 173 also features light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier against veteran Dan Henderson, along with a bout between welterweights Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger. Cormier (14-0) is also a rising name in the UFC, but hes not a tough sell. The talkative former Olympic wrestler has been a dynamic fighter in Strikeforce and the UFC at heavyweight and light heavyweight, where hes currently closing in on a title shot against pound-for-pound contender Jon Jones. Henderson (30-11) is a significant underdog, but any fighter is just one punch away from disaster when hes in the cage with the 43-year-old veteran whose knockout power is no longer aided by testosterone replacement therapy. "(Hendersons) big right hand is the single biggest weapon in MMA, even more dangerous than Ronda Rouseys armbar," Cormier said. "It can come at any time from any direction. No question thats what makes this a dangerous fight. But Ive made a career of making those guys, who possess that something special, like they never had it. I need to stay super-focused and avoid those punches." Although Henderson has lost three of his last four fights, he knocked out Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in spectacular fashion just two months ago. "I want to knock everyone out that I fight," Henderson said. "Its not always the easiest thing to pull off, but Ive done pretty well with it throughout my career. And its definitely nice knowing you have that power going into a fight." John Stones Jersey . Anor had not scored since getting his first two goals of the season vs. Philadelphia on March 22 but struck with laser precision from distance in the 56th and 75th minutes. Montreal (3-10-5) lost its third straight and Impact coach Frank Klopas said it literally was a case of his players not stepping up. John Stones Manchester City Jersey . Summers has seen scant playing time with the Coyotes since being selected 29th overall by the club in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, having played in 47 career NHL games.TORONTO -- Any win is worth celebrating, especially if you are Toronto FC. But Saturdays 4-1 victory over D.C. United was like beating your little brother, who had just got out of hospital. At 3-21-6, D.C. United is the only team with a worse record than Toronto (5-15-11) in MLS. There has been little to celebrate for the once mighty franchise this season. But United is in the U.S. Open Cup final on Tuesday, taking on Real Salt Lake for a prized trophy. So coach Ben Olsen shuffled his entire starting lineup for the Toronto game, resting his starters for the cup final. United dressed just 16 players, two short of the maximum. His starting lineup included 17-year-old forward Michael Seaton, making his league debut. "I set these guys up to fail today," said Olsen. "Its pretty simple." "We hung in there for about 60 minutes. Then I got some guys out that were going to maybe to factor into the Tuesday game. And now Im putting guys out of position. You start adding those up and youre playing a real team in the MLS, thats what can happen. "Our focus this week, the majority was on Tuesday and I set them up to fail. But I was proud of the effort. Certainly the work rate and the commitment from the guys, I couldnt ask for better." Toronto scored three goals in a 20-minute span of the second half as Olsen made substitutions and his reserve players lack of fitness was exposed. "Because they havent had a 90(-minute game) in a long time," he said. "You add it all up and thats what can happen at the end of a game." Bright Dike, Alvaro Rey and Darel Russell scored for Toronto, which also benefited from an own goal before an announced crowd of 15,879 at BMO Field on a sunny, windy afternoon. Midfielder Jared Jeffrey replied for D.C. United. Dikes winning goal came in the 67th minute after referee Ted Unkel played advantage down the right flank when a D.C. United defender pulled a Toronto player down. Fullback Mark Bloom motored past the wreckage and sent in a cross that Dike volleyed home for his first goal in a Toronto shirt. Toronto made it 3-1 four minutes later after Reys cross from in close bounced in off D.C. United defender Conor Shanosky. Rey than dribbled around a string of defenders before slotting the ball home in the 87th minute to pad the lead. The win snapped an eight-game league winless streak for Toronto. D.C. United now hasnt won in eight games. "We kind of expected it," acting Toronto manager Jim Brennan said of the weakened United lineup. "A wins a win. Regardless of who youre playing against," he added. "Its always good to get a win. It doesnt matter who they end up bringing. Those boys in that (home) dressing room will be happy with that result and getting the goals that they did today." No doubt there were no complaints when the Toronto players saw who they were facing. Uniteds depleted side helped kickstart a sputtering Toronto offence that had not scored more than one goal in a game since July 27. Coming into the game, the Toroonto starting 11 had combined for just six goals this season. Fernandinho Manchester City Jersey. And it was Torontos biggest offensive output since a 5-1 win over CD Aguila of El Salvador in August 2012 in CONCACAF Champions League play. Olsens team sheet had no starting place for Dwayne De Rosario, Luis Silva, Chris Pontius, Dejan Jakovic, John Thorrington, Nick DeLeon, Bill Hamid or any other starter that featured in last weekends loss in New England. "Unfortunately we have the luxury to not matter so much about results in the league," said Olsen. "So that (lineup) decision wasnt a hard one." Toronto winger Bobby Convey spent five seasons at D.C. United at the start of his career and said he knew maybe one starter on the other side of the field. Some were young enough to be his kids, the 30-year-old joked. Toronto FC was without suspended defender Steven Caldwell, midfielder Jonathan Osorio, manager Ryan Nelsen and assistant coach Fran OLeary. Assistant coach Brennan, the franchises first player and captain, ran the sidelines. Toronto elected to start Bloom over Richard Eckersley at fullback. With both Eckersley and goalie Stefan Frei on the bench, that meant Toronto had more than US$500,000 in cap hit watching from the sidelines. Goalie Joe Bendik, resplendent in pink as part of MLSs breast cancer awareness campaign, captained Toronto in Caldwells absence. Bendik won the starting job after Frei was injured in the first pre-season game. While the rosters were thin, the goals were of top quality. Jeffreys goal came in the 15th minute on a beautiful left-footed shot from outside the penalty box that found the top corner while beating a diving Bendik. Defender Doneil Henry offered an unwitting assist with his clearing header going right to an unmarked Jeffrey, who scored the second MLS goal of his young career. Russell equalized in the 26th minute after United was unable to clear a free kick. The ball was sent back in, bouncing off a D.C. United defender to Russell, who put the ball away acrobatically with a side-scissors kick. It was the third goal of the season for the English midfielder, who specializes in highlight-reel scores. Joe Willis made a great save, low and in the corner, off Dike in the 34th minute after a fine cross from Rey. The Spanish winger almost scored himself in the 57th minute, curling a ball across goal that came close to dipping into the net in the swirling wind. Toronto pushed the pace in the second half in a game where every set play seemed like an adventure waiting to happen D.C. United is now 0-13-3 on the road this season. A game in Kansas City represents the last chance to avoid joining the 2011 Vancouver Whitecaps and three other teams as the only MLS clubs to go through an entire season without a road victory. The victory was Torontos 50th in league play in seven seasons, raising its career MLS mark to 50-103-66. Olsen wasnt that impressed by what he saw in the home side, which fell behind in the first half. "It was OK, I guess," he said of the Toronto performance Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '