North Platte fighters go undefeated at St. Paddy’s Beatdown
Our three local fighters that train at the 6910N1 gym in North Platte shined bright on Saturday night.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The excitement is still palpable around town from last night’s St. Paddy’s Beatdown. The three North Platte fighters that train together on the bricks all won their fights in convincing fashion, much to the elation of the home crowd.
The audience’s excitement began to crescendo early in the night, four fights in to be exact. North Platte native Ted Nesslein made his amateur debut at the D&N Event Center in front of friends, family, and hundreds of other supporters. Ted’s journey with the sport has been challenging at times, but last night, all the effort paid off. After withstanding an early attack from Logan White, Nesslein worked his opponent to the fence and unleashed a barrage of punches at the fighter from Imperial. All White could do was guard his face as Nesslein kept the blows coming, until the referee called the fight.
“The last five minutes were good, just everyone showing love. People I’ve never even met before coming up and giving me a hug and saying they’re proud and congrats, I can feel the love from North Platte,” said Nesslein shortly after his victory.
The next fighter of the group to enter the cage was Taylor McKeeman. The North Platte resident entered the competition with a 6-3 record, and with his confidence level at an all time high. The tactical fighter was quick to show his experience, capitalizing on an opportunity for a take down, and executing it to perfection. Once he had his opponent on the ground, the former Army Veteran got straight to work, forcing Durango’s Drew Johnson into submission. The Sergeant put on his signature Army Stetson hat, as his hometown crowd mobbed him for photos and autographs.
“It was definitely a different energy than I’ve ever experienced so far here. It seems like the crowd just gets better and better. I think everybody is realizing what we’re putting together and what we’re trying to do for the city of North Platte. We’re trying to put them on the map and let people recognize that this town produces some of the baddest dudes on the planet,” said McKeeman.
The Main Event featured a former North Platte Wrestling State Medalist. Jayson Scott was seeking a Flyweight Title Defense against Denver’s Micah Haas. The match lived up to expectations and Scott used his wrestling skills to choke out Haas in the second round. With the win, Jayson boasts a record of 12-2, and adds a Title Defense to his list of accomplishments.
“I had to keep the belt here in North Platte, where it belongs,” said Scott of his victory.
This was likely to be Jayson’s last amateur fight, as the pro ranks await the skilled twenty-one year old. How special was it for the hometown kid to win here in his city?
“I love fighting in North Platte, the crowd here is insane. Especially tonight, tonight was packed with people...You can feel the energy, it gets you so hyped up,” said Scott of last night’s crowd.
Ryan MacDonald trains all three fighters at his MMA gym, 6910N1. MacDonald is also from North Platte and has experience fighting in the UFC. In classic coach fashion, while he was happy for his athletes, he was already thinking about how to help them improve.
“[It was a] perfect night but like I said, there’s no perfect performance. All my guys have stuff that we can work on. It’s a cool relationship as a coach that I have with them, because they don’t take it personally...I’m just being critical and that’s how you get better in this game,” said MacDonald of his athletes.
Congratulations to our local fighters on putting together a great performance and best of luck going forward!
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