Promoters: Mixed martial arts fighter faked death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Two Michigan mixed martial arts promoters say they were shocked to learn that one of their fighters who supposedly died in a car wreck last month is very much alive, if not exactly well.

After all, it was less than two weeks ago that Christo Piliafas and Scott DiPonio helped raise more than $1,000 at a benefit event in Traverse City for 25-year-old Charles Rowan's family.

Rowan, his girlfriend, Rosalinda Martinez, and their friend, Michael Bowman, were charged Friday with holding up a gun shop 100 miles away in Gladwin County. Each is charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to murder and has requested a court-appointed attorney.

Piliafas, who is a pro fighter as well as promoter, says he's angry about being duped by the amateur heavyweight.

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