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Coming up we have a middleweight MMA rules bout between Roger Baumgartner and Howard Stern. Stern is bobbing his head along to his entrance song: The Great American Nightmare. The crowd giving both fighters a great reception on their way into the arena. That's good to see.

183 cm
27
192 lbs
11 - 4 - 2
184 cm
25
199 lbs
11 - 4 - 0
Great wrestler
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
Good kicks
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 3 rounds, in the middleweight division.
Introducing the fighter to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Roger Baumgartner!
And introducing the fighter to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 11 wins, 4 losses and 0 draws, fighting out of London, Howard Stern!
The judges for this bout are Steven Brown, Paul Tew and Richard Clark.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Stern wants to clinch.
Baumgartner connects with a leg kick. Stern looked like he was expecting something else and didn't defend it.
Baumgartner ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Stern moves away.
Baumgartner avoids the head kick by Stern.
Stern throws a half hearted mid kick.
Baumgartner has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Victory Gym and Spa in the buildup to the fight.
Stern connects with a high kick.

It looks like Roger Baumgartner has been cut.
Baumgartner goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
Stern tries to clinch
and Baumgartner counters with a lovely shot to the body.
Stern misses with a double jab
and Baumgartner counters with a lovely straight right hand!
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Baumgartner walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Good exchange - Stern coming out on top.
Baumgartner slips a jab and a cross from Stern.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Stern tries a head kick but it misses.
Stern takes one on the chin but keeps coming.

That's one minute gone in the round.

Stern lands a big right hand that sends Baumgartner crashing to the mat! Stern stays standing though and waves Baumgartner back to his feet!

Baumgartner is rocked!
Stern darts in looking for a takedown but Baumgartner gets double underhooks and turns Stern into the cage.
Oh Baumgartner is still all over the place! His legs are completely gone! Will he be able to recover?!!
Stern takes one to the chin there.
Baumgartner seems to have got his legs back now.
Baumgartner lands a powerful looking uppercut that connected with his opponent's jaw.
Baumgartner bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Stern misses with an uppercut
and Baumgartner counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Stern wants to clinch
and Stern takes a counter punch right on the button for his troubles.
Stern closes the distance looking to clinch
and Baumgartner makes him pay by landing a nice hook to the body before moving out of range.
Baumgartner shoots in looking for a takedown. Stern tries to sprawl out of it but Baumgartner keeps driving through. The fighters are pinned against the cage. Stern manages to get underhooks and after a bit of a struggle, circles away and we're back to standing.
Baumgartner lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Stern throws a sloppy head kick
letting Baumgartner counter with a right hand.
Baumgartner is really peppering his opponent's head with punches.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Stern throws a head kick but Baumgartner moves out of range.
Baumgartner lands with an uppercut that bounces Stern off the cage and back into range.
Stern tries to grapple but his opponent circles
and Baumgartner counters with a nice uppercut.
Baumgartner fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
Stern cracks Baumgartner with a right hand to the side of the head.

Roger Baumgartner's cut is getting worse.

Stern moves into the clinch.
Baumgartner fails to pull guard.
Baumgartner has Stern pushed against the cage.
Stern tries to land a knee to the head but misses.
Stern misses with a knee to the head.
Baumgartner lands with a short shot to the head.
Stern pressing his opponent against the cage.
Stern has dropped down and is looking to force the takedown but it's defended by Baumgartner after a bit of a struggle.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Baumgartner avoids a wild elbow strike from Stern.
Baumgartner can't find room to land a body shot as Stern controls the action.
Stern tries a knee to the head but he's missed.
Baumgartner goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
Stern fails to land with a short punch on the inside.
Baumgartner stalling here - the referee won't stand for too much of that.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, Baumgartner creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.

Baumgartner pulls Stern into guard.
Baumgartner pulls Stern in close to his closed guard and prevents Stern from doing any damage or advancing position.

Baumgartner is throwing his legs up, looking for submissions. Stern is aware though and is defending well.
Stern showing good wrestling skills to control the position.
Baumgartner keeping moving, preventing Stern from controlling successfully.

That's four minutes gone in the round.

Baumgartner is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Stern defends well.
Stern tries to free his leg and advance position but Baumgartner is retaining full guard.
Baumgartner is trying to control the position from the bottom.
Baumgartner looking to sweep here. No luck so far.
Stern looking to pass the guard.
Stern stopping the sweep attempt from Baumgartner.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but I would say that Roger Baumgartner will probably get the nod.
The cut man is working on Roger Baumgartner's cut.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


Stern darts in trying to clinch
and Baumgartner counters with a quick right hand to the jaw.
Stern staying out of range there.

Stern gets in close and instigates a clinch.
Baumgartner will no doubt start fighting again in a minute but for now he's just having a little rest, leaning Stern up against the cage.
Stern lands punches inside but they're not really causing much damage.
Baumgartner tries to pull guard but Stern holds him up against the cage and eventually Baumgartner drops back down to his feet.
A right hand to the body from Baumgartner.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Stern tries to pull guard but Baumgartner won't allow it.
Stern creates a bit of distance and throws an elbow that only just misses.
Baumgartner is working on a leg, looking for a takedown but Stern is defending well.
Stern lands a left hand that snaps the head of Baumgartner backwards.

Baumgartner has clasped his hands together around Stern's back... aaand, he's got a takedown into side control. Nicely done.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!

Baumgartner looking for an arm triangle but it's way too loose to do anything.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Baumgartner landing a few strikes.
Stern is trying to control Baumgartner's posture but Baumgartner avoids it.
Stern trying to remain calm as Baumgartner controls from the top position.
Stern is trying to improve his position.
Stern is persisting with the attempt to improve his position.
Stern seems a little lost for a moment, as Baumgartner dominates the positioning.
Stern tries to bench press Baumgartner off him but Baumgartner keeps the position.

Baumgartner tries for an arm triangle. That looks pretty tight to me. Is this one over!?! Possibly, maybe, no Baumgartner has let go of the choke. Obviously it wasn't as tight as we thought!
Stern is looking for a sweep.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Baumgartner lands a decent elbow from side control.
Baumgartner trying to control the position but Stern is working away.
Stern is trying to improve his position.
Baumgartner wants to lay and pray for a moment but Stern keeps working.
Baumgartner tries to advance to mount but can't.
Stern looking for a sweep but Baumgartner has passed into full mount! Oh no!
Stern is wriggling around trying to escape.
Roger Baumgartner overall seems to be getting the better of the ground position in the fight so far.
Baumgartner takes a little breather and maintains the position. The referee will be looking for him to stay active from such a dominant position though.
Baumgartner trying to control but he's not successful this time.
Stern sneaks a leg back under and regains half guard and is working straight away to try and get back to guard. He hasn't managed just yet though.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Baumgartner content to control rather than advance.
Stern is looking to regain full guard. Not this time though.
Baumgartner is figuring out what he wants to do next.

Stern is defending against the submission attempts here by Baumgartner.
Stern is trying to maintain the position but Baumgartner is very close to passing his half guard.
The ref warns both fighters not to hold the cage as they work up against the meshing.
Stern tries to kick Baumgartner off but Baumgartner keeps his base steady and stays in half guard.
Baumgartner wants to free his trapped foot but Stern is holding on for dear life with his legs.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
My god... these two guys really need to pick up the pace or everyone will leave to go get a beer.
Baumgartner missing with the ground and pound from half guard.
Stern manages to get to full guard.

Stern throws his legs up looking for a submission but Baumgartner uses it to pass to side control.
Baumgartner is maintaining the dominant position - no doubt Stern will start to get frustrated soon if he's not already.
Baumgartner in side control lands a decent elbow.
Baumgartner wants to lay and pray for a moment but Stern keeps working.

Baumgartner wants to work for a kimura but he's foiled early by Stern, who protects the arm well.
The crowd thankful this round is nearly over.
Baumgartner lands some shots froms side control.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Roger Baumgartner dominated that second round.
The cut man is working on Roger Baumgartner's cut.
Well, the break between rounds is over. Let's get back to the scrappin! This is the final round!


Baumgartner keeps the fight on the outside.
Howard Stern seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.

Baumgartner shoots in looking for a single leg takedown. Stern is trying to defend but Baumgartner finishes it well and ends up in half guard. Let's see if he can advance position further.
Ground and pound from Baumgartner.
Stern throws a strike from the bottom that misses.
Baumgartner wants to lay and pray for a moment but Stern keeps working.

Stern looking for submissions off his back.
Baumgartner sitting and controlling from the half guard.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
Baumgartner wants to lay and pray for a moment but Stern keeps working.

Baumgartner seems to be looking for submissions.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Baumgartner trying to control from half guard but Stern is working away.

Stern looking to work for a kimura from the bottom.
Baumgartner winds up and cracks Stern with a swinging punch to the side of the head.
Baumgartner prevents Stern from improving his position.
Baumgartner is nestled in close to Stern, controlling him well. He's worked in a nice elbow to the side of the head as well, for good measure.

Stern actively working from the bottom here.
Stern is looking to improve his position.

Baumgartner is trying to work for a kimura. This could be trouble! No, Stern has managed to free his arm - good work.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Stern is looking for a sweep. Baumgartner is wise to his cunning plan and keeps the top position.
Baumgartner is looking to take a break and control but Stern is keeping him honest, looking to work from the bottom.
Baumgartner working some ground and pound from close in. He's looking to maintain this position and strike for a while by the looks of things... although he'll probably advance to full mount in a minute now I've said that.
Stern makes his way to full guard. A much better position for Stern.

Stern is looking for a guillotine. You can't force these things though and Baumgartner defends well.

Stern looking for submissions from the bottom but instead Baumgartner passes into side control.
Stern takes a big intake of breath there - he's definitely tired.
Baumgartner passes to full mount! That's big trouble for Stern!

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Baumgartner raining down shots from the mount!
Baumgartner lands a couple of nice shots there from mount.
Baumgartner cracks Stern with a nasty head shot there - the crowd let out an audible gasp there, as the noise reverberated around the arena.
Stern wants to improve position but instead he's given up his back.
Baumgartner trying to secure his dominant position for a moment - making sure Stern doesn't escape.

Baumgartner has the hooks in. Stern is starting to panic. He's trying to push off one of the legs but he's left his neck open to attack. Baumgartner passes his arm under Stern's neck and tightens up a rear naked choke! This one is surely all over! Yes, Stern taps!

Ladies and gentlemen, after 3:43 of round 3, we have a winner by way of Submission (RNC). Roger Baumgartner!
Roger Baumgartner was full of energy after the big win and talked about how he thinks he can do big things in this sport. The crowd were appreciative of his determination to succeed.
In defeat, Howard Stern stepped up to the mic, saying 'I blame Robin and those big G's.'.
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