With the win at Midwest Championship Fighting’s St. Paddy’s Beatdown IV at the D&N Events Center on Saturday, the North Platte 135-pounder improved his professional record to a perfect 4-0 and dropped Roberts, of Omaha, to 2-3.
“Did you hear hear that crowd?” an appreciative MacDonald asked. “Every time I landed a strike or got a takedown this place went nuts. It’s unbelievable to have this kind of support in this town.”
After a predominantly standup first round, MacDonald brought the fans to their feet in the final minute, slamming Roberts to the octagon.
MacDonald earned another takedown early in the second round and immediately started hammering away at Roberts’ body.
“He kept telling me good job, which is awesome but it seemed like he was starting to get discouraged, so I just kept wanting to take the fight to him,” MacDonald said. “I was feeling him out in the first round and then I just adapted.”
Midway through the second, MacDonald’s strategy paid off in a big way as he got in position and choked out Roberts.
“Corey Roberts is only a couple behind me in the rankings and can hang with me, but I took him out in the second round and that proves a lot,” MacDonald said. “Coming into this fight I wanted to prove something. I’m going to keep working, but my ultimate goal is to be a world champ and bring a title right back to North Platte.”
At 265 pounds, North Platte’s Braden Erdman defeated North Platte native Jason Windham via unanimous decision to claim the MCF Amateur Heavyweight Championship title belt.
After having to drop out of this event last year due to injury, Erdman put on a show for his huge cheering section, also impressing the judges, who all scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Erdman.
When the result was announced and the belt put on, the crowd erupted in jubilation and an emotional Erdman pointed to his friends and family in appreciation.
“I don’t even know how to put it in words,” Erdman said. “Hearing everyone scream and seeing my family go insane is what it’s all about.”
After a pretty even first round, Erdman unleashed a flurry of punches to Windham’s head, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Shortly after Windham withstood that barrage, Erdman slammed Windham to the ground, again raising the volume of the spectators.
“After the first round, my corner just told me to keep doing what I was doing. You could tell he wasn’t liking the shots I was giving him and I just wanted to give him more,” Erdman said. “I was trying to outwork him. I’ve wrestled all my life and now what the grind is and I wanted to put him through it.”
At 185 pounds, amateur Rex Littell Jr, of Omaha, defeated North Platte’s Mark Hooper via split decision. Hooper and Littell Jr. stood and traded punches the majority of the bout, rarely taking the fight to the canvas. Littell Jr. landed a combination to Hooper’s head toward the end of the second round and worked the jab for much of the third round on his way to a close victory.
In the Middleweight 185 Tryon’s Morgan Miller beat Chadron’s Ricky Martin with a technical knockout.
In the ‘Refined’ section of matches, Eric Prindle of Phoenix beat Maurice Jackson of Las Vegas for the Super Heavy Weight 265+ fight.
Taylor McKeeman def. Eliot Trisdale.
Sellers III def. Seth Crane.