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MMA returns to Eagle River this weekendSubmitted: 07/03/2014
Story By Joe Dufek


SUGAR CAMP - On Saturday, Eagle River derby Track will be hosting the Northwoods Combat Challenge.

Several mixed Martial Artists from Sixel's Fight Club out of Sugar Camp will be competing.

It will feature a Border Battle Competition between fighters from Wisconsin and Michigan. 9 fights in the series.

In the main event, Stef Schneider of Sugar Camp will face Missy Pontbriand of Michigan.


Proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards Stef's animal rescue group. It's called, It Matters to One Animal Rescue.

"I go to California and rescue animals off the euthenasia list," Schneider explains. "Anything that's getting put down that day because of over-population. I bring them back here and put them up for adoption after they are fixed and vacinated. May 1 was my one year mark. We brought back more than 200 dogs back at this point."

She hopes to raise $3000.

This is the second time, the Derby Track has held the Combat Challenge. Back in March, the expo hall had hundreds of fans enjoying the action.

Right away, track organizers saw this as the start of something big.

"March was unbelievable," Eagle River Deby Track Chief Operations Officer Steve Decker adds. "We could not believe the turnout we had. We're starting a new tradition with the Wisconsin-Michigan fighters. We got an awesome trophy. We also have Friday night weigh-ins. People can sumo-wrestle for free tickets. We're trying to make it an all-day and evening event."

"Most are from (the Sugar Camp area)," Dave Sixel of Sixel's Fight Club said. "My son has some from his gym in Stevens Point coming up for team Wisconsin. We have scattered athletes from Wisconsin competing against athletes from all over Michigan."

Action at Eagle River Derby Track begins at 10am Saturday morning. The final bouts get underway at 6pm Saturday night.

There will be fireworks and live music immediately after the last bout - to complete a whole day of fun.


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