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Going to battle for Doernbecher kids


Late-blooming fighter finds the perfect stress relief

Wilsonville resident Evan Schechter is back on the path to a mixed martial arts career.

But he’s doing it at an age where most people are long past their fighting prime. With an ambitious workout regimen, Schechter, now 44, plans to make his way back to the cage at the Full Contact Fighting Federation’s signature event, Rumble at the Roseland, on July 13. by: SUBMITTED - Evan Schechter (arms raised) is shown in an earlier MMA fight. He will be fighting July 13 to raise money for Doernbecher Childrens Hospital.

The event is part of a Doernbecher Children’s Hospital fundraising mission, and Schechter is currently accepting donations for the cause.

He’s doing it for very personal reasons too.

Schechter first started on this charitable quest as part of life-changing weight-loss journey that led him to his first mixed martial arts fight. He is currently accepting donations through evanfightsforkids.com.

Schechter’s fight at Rumble at the Roseland is part of a ticket containing four FCFF title bouts, including a much anticipated female championship.

Tickets are available at ticketswest.com or at the door starting at 6 p.m. on fight night. See updated information at hefcff.com.

In Schechter’s debut fight at Rumble at the Roseland 66 in September 2012, he defeated Timothy Isakson in only two minutes. Previously, he launched his Doernbecher Children’s Hospital foundation, which has raised more than $1,500 to date.

Now he hopes to repeat and grow his fundraising efforts in his fight against Theo Stellflug of Tillamook.

“My dedication to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation is an example of my belief that children are truly our future,” Schechter said.

His past athletic experience includes playing college baseball for Boston University. However, he did not begin to train for any sort of fighting until age 44.

He credits his interest in fighting as coming from a stress-related work environment as an attorney in Portland. After finding himself weighing nearly 300 pounds, Schechter finally decided he needed a change of direction.

He currently trains with Scott McQuary, Jamie Huey and Clayton Hires at One MMA in Tualatin, as well as Enoch “the Animal” Wilson at Animals in Hubbard.