Local fighter Ted Nesslein set for debut

The North Platte native will compete in the St. Paddy’s Beatdown on Saturday night.
Published: Mar. 19, 2021 at 10:51 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - We are less than 24 hours away from the St. Paddy’s Beatdown presented by Midwest Championship Fighting. Ted Nesslein was born and raised in North Platte. Tomorrow, he will make his amateur fighting debut at The D&N Event Center.

“It means a lot to represent North Platte. I always said I didn’t want my debut to be in North Platte, just because I didn’t want people I knew there watching my debut, just because of the nerves...But now when I think about it, I wouldn’t want it anywhere else but here in my hometown,” said Nesslein.

Ted’s journey with the sport has been challenging at times. His previous two attempts to debut, were cancelled for safety precautions. Just to be in a position to enter the cage tomorrow, Ted has trained for years, losing over one hundred pounds in the process.

“This sport has had a big impact on my life, especially mentally. Just being able to push myself to things I never thought I’d be able to do, I mean, I did weigh two hundred and sixty five pounds at one point,” added Nesslein.

So, now that the time is almost here for Ted to take center stage, how does it feel?

“I’m excited, there are some nerves there just because it will be my first fight and I’m not exactly sure how everything will go. It is a fight and anything can happen, but I’m just excited to get out there and show what I’ve been learning,” said a smiling Nesslein.

Two other competitors from North Platte will compete in the St. Paddy’s Beatdown tomorrow. Ted will fight early in the night, with Taylor McKeeman set to follow after the first intermission. The main event will feature former Bulldog Wrestler Jayson Scott attempting to defend his flyweight title. All three fighters train together here in North Platte at the 6910N1 MMA & Fitness gym.

VIP table seating and general admission tickets for the St. Paddy’s Beatdown are still available for purchase at the door tomorrow.

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