North Platte fighters shine at St. Paddy’s Beatdown

Our local fighters put on a show tonight at the D&N Event Center for the St. Paddy’s Beatdown
Published: Mar. 21, 2021 at 2:32 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - This year’s St. Paddy’s Beatdown presented by Midwest Championship Fighting provided a great opportunity for local fighters to showcase their talents. The athletes seized the opportunity, much to the delight of the home crowd. The first fight of the night was a street fight featuring North Platte resident Jordan Davis.

“I love North Platte. I’m not from here originally, but I love the North Platte atmosphere...It’s awesome,” said Davis.

A few fights later, North Platte native Ted Nesslein stepped into the cage for the first time. Nesslein weathered an early attack from Logan White and quickly took charge of the fight, working White against the fence. A flurry of punches connecting with his dazed opponent had the crowd roaring, as the referee intervened to break up the fight. The roof almost came off the building, as Ted Nesslein secures a hometown victory in his debut.

“I felt really good, I felt at home. I thought I’d be nervous, but I was just really excited. I definitely felt the love from the hometown crowd,” said a smiling Nesslein.

The next North Platte resident to enter the cage was Taylor McKeeman. Taylor entered the night with a 6-3 record; his wink towards the fans pre-fight revealed just how confident he was entering the bought. Less than a minute into the fight, McKeeman delivered one of the most exciting moments of the night, executing a perfect take down of his opponent. It didn’t take long for McKeeman to choke out his opponent and earn the victory, as again the home crowd screamed with excitement.

“The original plan was to stand up with him, but I fell into the double leg and thought ‘this is gonna be my first slam off a double leg,’ so I went ahead and took it...I thought it was picture perfect,” said McKeeman of his take down.

The North Platte fighter slams down his opponent in the Saint Paddy's Beatdown.
The North Platte fighter slams down his opponent in the Saint Paddy's Beatdown.(justin thompson)

The main event featured North Platte High School alum Jayson Scott seeking to defend his flyweight title. The twenty one year old found himself on the mat with his opponent, who was eager to take things to the ground. Deafening chants of “Jayson!” erupted as the hometown kid found himself in a compromising position. Shortly after, Scott turned the tides, and forced his opponent to tap out.

“I felt amazing. Even during the times when he was in the more dominant position, I still felt calm and confident in my abilities that I could find a way to get the job done,” said Scott.

Nesslein, McKeeman, and Scott all got the job done in large part thanks to Ryan MacDonald. MacDonald trains the trio at his MMA gym on the bricks, 6910N1.

“Words can’t explain the feeling. I just love the fact North Platte is doing something like this...There was a lot of hard work put in, to see that hard work pay off, it’s just awesome,” said MacDonald after the event.

We will have full highlights and a recap of the event in Sunday night’s show.

The North Platte native defended his Flyweight Title, forcing his opponent to tap out.
The North Platte native defended his Flyweight Title, forcing his opponent to tap out.(justin thompson)

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