Police are investigating an alleged fight fixing at the UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, according to multiple reports fromSouth Korean media outlets.
One of the reports identifies Tae HyunBang , who defeated Leo Kuntz viasplit decision at the November 2015 event, as the fighter whoinitially agreed to take a dive for 100 million won (approximately$88,000). Bang also reportedly bet 50 million won ($44,000) on hisopponent. Bloody Elbow first brought word of the allegations coming fromSouth Korea.
MMAjunkie.com has confirmed that both Bang and Kuntz werewarned by UFC officials about fight fixing prior to theirlightweight bout. Betting odds changed drastically as the contestdrew near, as Bang went from a slight favorite to a significantunderdog in a few hours time. That shift drew suspicion from thosewithin the MMA community at the time.
According to another report , Bang decided not to throw the fight after receiving thewarning from UFC officials prior to the bout. Bang has allegedlyadmitted to initially agreeing to fixing the fight and iscooperating with authorities after receiving death threats fromcrime figures in South Korea who bet 2 billion won ($1.7 million)on Bang to lose. Bang and three of his associates have been toldnot to leave the country as the investigation continues.
Bang last competed at UFC Fight Night 93 on Sept. 3, 2016, losing aunanimous decision to Nick Hein inHamburg, Germany. The 34-year-old Seoul native is currently stilllisted on the roster of lightweight fighters at UFC.com .UFC Fight Night 79 marked the promotion’s first visit to SouthKorea.