All Jesse Plotner could do was watch as his older brother Cody Plotner was being choked into submission by Buffalo’s Anthony Norton.
“It was tough,” said Plotner. “It kind of weighs on you, but luckily I probably had an hour-and-a-half between our fights, and (trainer) Erik (Herbert) talked to me and cleared my head and I felt good. I felt real confident going in.”
Plotner took center stage in the main event of the second TNT Fight Series mixed martial arts event on Saturday night at the Rainbow Roller Rink in NT.
The younger Plotner’s confidence looked like anger when in the cage against a bigger Keith Haubner. He quickly and neatly dropped the heavyweight to the mat and started raining punches, ground-and-pound style before the referee stopped the fight just 90 seconds in, giving Plotner the TKO win.
“I tagged him with that right hand, shot the double and took him down,” Plotner said, who trains out of Victory MMA in NT. “Once I get them to the ground I know no one can touch me.”
The ground-and-pound action kept the 1,000 plus fans in attendance entertained during the 14 amateur fights. With a new sanctioning body overseeing the event, the fights were as close to pro MMA fighting possible in New York, and had a true feel of a pro event.
“With the rules allowing these guys (to ground-and-pound), it will bridge the gap to make them pros sooner,” TNT Fight Series promoter Don Lilly said.
The 14 fight card featured a lot of local fighters, four of them Tonawanda High School graduates, including Jesse and Cody Plotner. Brian Piccolo, who is in the Tonawanda High School wrestling Hall of Fame, traveled in from his Florida home to fight in the co-main event.