Bang was sentenced in Seoul Central District Court for taking
bribes totaling $92,160 to throw his fight against Leo Kuntz on
Nov. 28, 2015. The three brokers who paid Bang also received jail
time, according to the report. One of those men was reportedly
Pride Fighting Championship veteran Dae Won Kim.
Kim allegedly acted as the middle man in the fix-fixing plot.
“The crime of match fixing damages the credibility of sport, and in
international matches, it has a bad effect on the country’s
credibility as well,” the court said. “Bang had an obligation to
play the game fairly, but he ignored it and took an important role
in the scheme. But we did take into consideration that Bang won the
bout and returned the money afterwards.”
Bang allegedly agreed to lose the first two rounds to Kuntz, but
“The Korean Cowboy” apparently changed his mind and went on to win
a split decision over his opponent. Bang reportedly reversed course
after being warned by UFC officials about fight fixing. Suspicions
were raised after Bang went from a -180 favorite to a +280 underdog
by the day of the fight.
Bang fought once more for the Las Vegas-based promotion, losing a
unanimous decision to Nick Hein at
UFC Fight Night 93 on Sept. 3, 2016. The 34-year-old Seoul native
became the seventh South Korean fighter to sign with the UFC in
2013 and posted a 2-3 mark during his promotional tenure.