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September 27, 2012

TNT fights main eventer Jesse Plotner found his lifestyle in MMA

Former Tonawanda wrestler Jesse Plotnerdrops 125 pounds competing in MMA

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"I started when my brother Cody — who's also fighting on the card — started training. He told me he liked it and he was dropping weight, and that was one of my goals, to lose weight. I started with jiujitsu and I loved it, so I just kept doing more from there. I went to Muay Thai, boxing, and then I wanted to fight. This is going to be my third fight and I'm hoping to keep moving forward."

Plotner said the best way to describe his addiction to the gym is simply that it's become his lifestyle. While some people watch movies or play video games, he trains. But he was quick to point out that his love affair with MMA and his training regimen isn't just a hobby — it's who he is. 

Erik Herbert, the head trainer at Victory, has been working with Plotner ever since he started training at the gym and said he's the hardest working amateur at Victory.

"He's an animal," Herbert said. "He's a power lifter, a cardio guy and a technique guy. He comes in here and he spars well. I remember his first MMA fight, he was like 290 cutting down to 265. Now he's going to make 240 pounds, so he's the ideal person to have on the team. He's like an assistant coach even, because he helps a lot. He's scary good and he's the real deal."

Plotner works as a maintenance man during the day so he can focus on training at night. He recently took first place at the Hayastan New York State Grappling Tournament where he defeated everyone in his weight class and then moved on to win a total of seven matches, taking the Absolute Championship.

Herbert said Plotner's progression has been off the charts because of his dedication and work ethic. He came into the gym with the solid wrestling base but has quickly built himself into a multi-skilled fighter.

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