Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Tae Hyun Bang went from slight underdog to massive favorite against Leo Kuntz on the UFC FIGHT NIGHT79 “Prelims” card in late 2015 in South Korea — all within the time of two hours.
No, it was not a coincidence,rather it was match fixing.
Bang was indicted by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office on Monday for accepting a bribe of $87,950, according to korea Herald, alongside a handful of accomplices including mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Dae-Won Kim.
Things didn’t go according to plan after the cage door closed and Bang reportedly had a change of heart. That led to a split-decision win for the local product and a boatload of lost wages for the folks who bet on Kuntz.
“The UFC seemed like they knew something was definitely not right,” Kuntz told MMA Junkie. “They told me it was the largest odd swing they’d seen in MMA and last minute. They told me, ‘Hey, if either one of you guys goes out there and doesn’t fight, you should prepare to be investigated.’
The 34-year-old “Korean Cowboy,” who will face trial without detention, has not competed since a unanimous decision loss to Nick Hein at the UFC Fight Night 93 event in late 2016.