Reports: South Korean Authorities Investigate Alleged Fight Fixing at UFC Fight Night 79
By: Tristen Critchfield Apr 19, 2017
Police are investigating an alleged fight fixing at the
UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, according to multiple reports from
South Korean media outlets.
One of the
reports identifies Tae Hyun
Bang, who defeated Leo Kuntz via
split decision at the November 2015 event, as the fighter who
initially agreed to take a dive for 100 million won (approximately
$88,000). Bang also reportedly bet 50 million won ($44,000) on his
Bloody Elbow first brought word of the allegations coming from
MMAjunkie.com has confirmed that both Bang and Kuntz were
warned by UFC officials about fight fixing prior to their
lightweight bout. Betting odds changed drastically as the contest
drew near, as Bang went from a slight favorite to a significant
underdog in a few hours time. That shift drew suspicion from those
within the MMA community at the time.
According to another
report, Bang decided not to throw the fight after receiving the
warning from UFC officials prior to the bout. Bang has allegedly
admitted to initially agreeing to fixing the fight and is
cooperating with authorities after receiving death threats from
crime figures in South Korea who bet 2 billion won ($1.7 million)
on Bang to lose. Bang and three of his associates have been told
not to leave the country as the investigation continues.
Bang last competed at UFC Fight Night 93 on Sept. 3, 2016, losing a
unanimous decision to Nick Hein in
Hamburg, Germany. The 34-year-old Seoul native is currently still
listed on the roster of lightweight fighters at UFC.com.
UFC Fight Night 79 marked the promotion’s first visit to South