Considering how much the press loves to hone in on the MMA aspect of any salacious story, we should probably be relieved that Rudy Eugene, aka the dude that ate someone’s face off in Miami, doesn’t have a better connection with the sport. Here’s what Middle Easy dug up: Melton Bowen, who has a single fight at UFC 4 against Steve Jennum, once knocked the dude out at a flea market.

In 2007, former heavyweight Melton Bowen encountered Rudy Eugene, who last week was gunned down by police after he savagely ate the face off homeless man Ronald Poppo. Bowen told 7News about the confrontation, saying it was over almost before it began after he knocked him out with one punch. He first met the Miami Cannibal at a flea market they were both working in in North Miami. Bowen said Eugene picked a fight with him over music and who knew more when they were working in side-by-side stores, not realizing who he had just picked a fight with. He said: ‘I’m not scared of no one. He took his shirt off and came at me saying “I’m going to kill you!” ‘What goes through my mind? I’m a fighter.’ It was then the boxer delivered a right hook to the man and knocked him out.

Now if Rudy had been the one with a single fight, I wonder what would have won out – the zombie or MMA angle? Sure, these kinda stories are all about drugs and mental health problems, but ya gotta pander to people’s interests and I guess we should be glad that we’re considered controversial and interesting enough to spice up any story.