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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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Plotner is 2-0 and both wins have come by submission.

"As far as submitting an opponent with arm bars, chokes, leg locks or triangles — (those are) learned techniques. He didn't know any of that a year and a half ago," Herbert said. "It's hard to not get good if you're doing it every day and that goes for anything."

Plotner said every day isn't a picnic, but when you want something bad enough you find a way to make it happen.

"Some days it's harder than others, but on those days I drag myself here because the guys that want to be good are going to put the time in every day," he said. "I want to know when I go into a fight I've done everything I could have done to be 100 percent ready."

MAIN EVENT PREVIEW: Jesse Plotner vs Keith Haubner @Body agate: This matchup pits Plotner, a wrestler, against Haubner, a striker. Haubner likes to keep the fight standing and he's been known to throw punches in bunches. In his first few fights, Plotner attempted a takedown right away to try and get the fight to the ground, but Erik Herbert, Plotner's trainer, said to expect more patience out of the 240-pounder. Plotner is thrilled to be performing in the main event in front of a home town crowd. "To headline the event is a huge honor but I'm more excited because it's the first time my brother (Cody) and I are going to get to fight on the same card," Plotner said. "We're going to get to fight in front of our family and friends right here in our hometown. It's going to be great." No matter where the fight goes, Plotner said he feels comfortable in any situation. He's hoping to use his standup a little more this fight to show off his improved boxing. Herbert said Plotner is definitely ready for the opportunity. "His confidence is as high as it's been," Herbert said. "It's growing because he can see his own progression. He's literally getting better every day."

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