Tonawanda News — Jesse Plotner wasn't always a physical specimen. In fact, at one time he tipped the scale at about 365 pounds.
That's before he found Victoty MMA and started training to be a fighter.
Today Plotner, set to compete in the main event of Saturday night's TNT event in North Tonawanda, weighs in at an amazing 240 pounds, evidence of a life that now revolves around training. He works out three times a day and trains his boxing, jiu-jitsu, muay thai and mma spars three times a week.
"I just like training. It's always been a goal of mine to be in better shape," Plotner said after losing 125 pounds in a year and a half. "My goal is to just always keep losing more weight. Training is the part I enjoy the most out of everything. The fighting is just where I get to display everything I learned."
In recent years, mixed martial arts has been infused with tons of talented wrestlers. They have an advantage in the sport simply because of their experience in controlling their opponent and their ability to dictate where a fight goes — on the feet or on the ground.
Plotner wrestled at Tonawanda High School and was a Section IV runner up in his senior season. He didn't have any ambition to wrestle in college so he set out to find his calling after he graduated. When his brother Cody Plotner, who's also fighting on the card, returned from the Marines in 2007, he introduced Plotner to weightlifting and the rest is history.
"You get out (of wrestling) and you're out a few years and some people are just competitive. Then you get that itch and you want to get back into it," Plotner said. "I started doing grappling tournaments and I just wanted to compete ... Now working out is my life.