Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Monday in a game that failed to live up to its pre-match billing.The fixture marked the first time that David Moyes locked horns with Jose Mourinho as United manager but neither manager could gain the psychological upper hand, although the point puts the Blues clear at the top of the Premier League.Oscar tried to prise open a tight United defence in a lacklustre first half but twice wasted good opportunities with weak efforts straight at David de Gea. Robin van Persie had United’s best effort when he hit the side netting from inside the area.The second half followed a similar pattern and England international Danny Welbeck will rue his wastefulness after digging an effort wide after good work from Wayne Rooney. United also had claims for a penalty when a Tom Cleverley shot struck Frank Lampard’s hand in the box.Moyes named Rooney in his starting XI for the first time, with the striker the subject of two rejected bids during the close-season from Monday night’s opposition. Ryan Giggs dropped to the bench to allow for his inclusion.Chelsea started the game with a surprise as Andre Schurrle led the line. Kevin De Bruyne was also given the nod as Juan Mata and Demba Ba were omitted from the side that started against Aston Villa on Wednesday. Both sides struggled to create openings in a tepid opening 45 minutes. It was the away side who had the first chance in the 10th minute when a low De Bruyne cross rebounded to Oscar who hit a tame effort straight at De Gea.Chelsea had managed to quash the threat Van Persie for the opening 20 minutes but the Dutchman had United’s first meaningful effort. Michael Carrick dispossessed Ramires in midfield and the former Arsenal man picked up the loose ball on the edge of the box but he went too wide before firing his effort against the side netting.Rooney then had his first effort on goal. He showed a neat piece of skill to feint inside Gary Cahill but his shot from 20 yards was weak and rolled harmlessly to Petr Cech.United were beginning to enjoy more of the ball and, in the 38th minute, Phil Jones’s low cross was only half-cleared by John Terry and Cleverley hit a first-time shot from 20 yards that cleared the crossbar.The half ended with a weak shot from Oscar after a series of neat passes in the Chelsea midfield – the Brazilian will feel that he could have done more to trouble De Gea. After a slow start to the second half, United should have taken the lead after 56 minutes. Rooney showed good control just outside the area before slipping a neat through-ball to Welbeck but the striker fluffed his lines as he chipped his effort over from 10 yards.Cahill was unlucky with a 30-yard drive that De Gea got down well to save, before United had claims for a penalty.Cleverley’s half-volley hit Lampard’s hand in the area but referee Martin Atkinson deemed that the midfielder had not deliberately made contact with the shot.Rooney almost had the last say late on when he tested Cech with a strong 25-yard effort. The shot may have been going wide but the Chelsea man took no chances.With two minutes remaining, United had another penalty shout when John Obi Mikel turned into Van Persie’s volley but the decision would have been harsh on the Nigerian who knew had no time to dodge the shot.
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.