“You can’t have a joint managership – it’s got to be one or other and I’m quite happy for Francesco to have that,” Curtis said. “I will have far better knowledge of these players than Francesco and I’m readily available to pass on that information. “But my concentration was on the game tonight and the win was massive. “We talked about the need to pick up three points. “I thought in the first half we were excellent and over the course of the 90 minutes we deserved it. “We got a bit edgy in the second half but that’s more because of the situation we find ourselves in.” Watford have now suffered four straight league defeats and failed to win in five games. The Hornets only came to life in the second half but were unable to cancel out Ashley Williams’ 27th-minute header. “I think we are not happy with the first half,” said manager Quique Sanchez Flores. “In the second half, we were good. We played football, but we need to accept the result. “This is football. You never know when you will win lose or draw. “This is the Premier League. We have just come up. We have lots reasons to be happy. “When we had four wins in a row we were humble. “I don’t like to lose but we need to accept the results – and we have enough points to be positive.” Alan Curtis passed over the Swansea baton to Francesco Guidolin saying the Italian has the experience to turn performances into points. Interim manager Curtis closed his reign in charge of team affairs with a 1-0 victory over Watford, which takes Swansea above Newcastle and out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Curtis will remain part of the Swansea set-up but Guidolin’s appointment as head coach was confirmed before kick-off and the former Udinese boss had a watching brief from the stand as the Welsh club recorded only their third win in 18 league games. “I’ve always said I was quite happy (to step aside) if the club thought it was necessary to bring someone in,” Curtis said after securing a second victory in seven league attempts after succeeding Garry Monk in December. “If we had won more games, then possibly, that might not have been needed. “I think the performances have been excellent but we haven’t had the results those performances warranted. “We could have been four, five, six, or even seven points, further on. “But by bringing in an experienced coach we can turn those performances into points. “Sometimes you maybe need that managerial experience at the top level to get the points that go with the performances.” Curtis said club chairman Huw Jenkins had told him about Guidolin’s arrival after the players had trained on Sunday, and that he has yet to meet the Italian in person. Guidolin, 60, has brought in former Chelsea midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti to assist him and Curtis said it was a set-up capable of saving Swansea from the drop. Press Association
Fitch had fought for the UFC welterweight title against perhaps the best welterweight and the greatest fighter of all time in Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87 in August 2008, suffering a unanimous decision loss. Years later, he lost to Palhares, before winning the WSOF (now Professional Fight League) 170-pound title in April 2016. Making the transition to a new promotion didn’t guarantee the 41-year-old would ever get one final shot at gold. But Fitch never lost hope.”It had never left my mind,” Fitch said. “That was why in my first Bellator fight I wanted a big-name opponent. And that was why Paul Daley came in. It was a perfect opportunity. I could have fought a lesser opponent. But why would I have done that? I’m here to fight and win world titles. If I get to the point where I’m not doing that anymore, then I don’t see the point in doing this.” Fitch will have his latest chance to win a world title Saturday night against MacDonald. Join DAZN and watch Bellator 220 plus more than 100 fight nights a year”It’s only unbelievably frustrating because it’s not even the fact you have to wait. It was how long you had to wait,” Fitch explained to Sporting News. “You had to stay around the gym. You couldn’t commit yourself to anything because you couldn’t put yourself into anything else, so you are sitting there waiting. You don’t have an opportunity to make money. You can’t travel, as I missed opportunities to go home and see family.”It’s a big pain in the ass,” he continued. “Even if a promotion said, ‘Hey, you are going to fight in nine months, we are guaranteeing you are going to fight,’ I’d appreciate that because then I know I can plan my life out and live it. It was extremely stressful.”Fighters want to fight — plain and simple. And Fitch wasn’t being afforded the chance to provide for his family for reasons still unknown to him to this day. Fitch’s patience was wearing thin and the walls around him were closing. It got so bad that he contemplated retirement and moving on to the second phase of his life.”I was struggling financially, having personal issues and had children that needed to be taken care of,” Fitch said. “The extra stress of fighting on top of it all was almost too much. I was lucky enough to be strong enough to hold fast and maintain my frame. It was something on my mind.”Every time Fitch thought about walking away, he kept resisting the urge because fighting was the thing that made sense to him as his passion and obsession. Fitch was convinced if he stayed true to the sport, then things would work out. Those hopes were answered when Bellator officials called him and asked if he wanted to participate in the welterweight grand prix.”I was excited because for the last few years I had only been fighting every nine months, which is only once a year,” Fitch said. “So the prospect of being in a tournament and fighting three times in a short amount of time appealed to me, especially at this time of my career. Hopefully, I can crank them out and get them done. Tournaments are great especially the grand prix style. They helped build notoriety for the fans and it’s something that’s merit-based. If you win, you moved forward, so it’s not political in any way.”Being selected to be in the field packed with some of the best welterweights in the world gave Fitch a whole new lease on MMA and life, period.”I’m in an amazing spot,” Fitch excitedly said. “I have a championship clause in my contract, so I’ll get paid more money per round. It’s doubly good. I’m going to be the champion and make more money in each round afterward.”I’ve learned to now enjoy myself, my career and where I’m at,” he continued. “I have plans for the future and an exit strategy from the sport. I’m looking forward to life after fighting. I’m proud of what I’ve done. My kids are happy and healthy. Life is great right now.”Join DAZN and watch Bellator 220 plus more than 100 fight nights a year The path Jon Fitch took to get a crack against Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald in the opening round of the promotion’s welterweight grand prix at Bellator 220 on Saturday night isn’t what fairy tales are made of.Fitch (31-7-1, one no-contest) was distraught after his unanimous decision victory over Paul Daley in his promotional debut last May because it marked only his fifth fight since losing to Rousimar Palhares in the World Series of Fighting in December 2013. Despite five straight victories since then, all Fitch wanted to do was compete and he didn’t know when his next opportunity would come.