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Cage Fighter In Death Hoax Says He Has Regrets

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ST. LOUIS, Mich. (AP) - A mixed-martial arts fighter who faked his death to evade a drug dealer says he regrets the deception.

Charles Rowan robbed a northern Michigan gun shop in March, weeks after his girlfriend told family and friends he had died in a car wreck while traveling to a cage match. He was sentenced in November to at least 17 1/2 years in prison for the robbery.

During an interview from mid-Michigan's St. Louis Correctional Facility, Rowan told The Detroit News he was surprised by how hard people took word of his death.

Rowan's arrest stunned people in northern Michigan, especially mixed-martial arts promoters who had arranged cage matches for him and thought he was dead. They raised more than $1,000 to pay for his funeral, although there was no funeral.

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