Authorities Investigating Fight Fixing At Korean UFC Event

Authorities Investigating Fight Fixing At Korean UFC Event

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The UFC’s first trip to South Korea back in November of 2015 now has a dark cloud hanging above it.

According to multiple reports from several respected mainstream Korean news outlets (via Bloody Elbow), a Korean fighter who competed on the card (who is being kept anonymous and being referred to as ‘Fighter A’) agreed to throw his fight for 100 million Won (approximately $88,000) in addition to placing a bet of 50 million Won (approximately $44,000) on his opponent.

The UFC is not at all implicated in the investigation whatsoever.

The fighter in question is described as a 34-year-old local Korean male fighter who won a unanimous decision against an American opponent. All male Korean fighters on the card won their bouts via TKO, with the exception of one – Tae Hyun Bang. Bang also fits the age description at the time of the event.

Despite most outlets attempting to keep the fighter’s identity concealed some Korean news outlets have used images of Bang that have been censored, as well as blurred out images (but still recognizable) of Korean MMA gym Korean Top Team where Bang trains.

Leading up to the bout Bang was a betting favorite over his opponent, Leo Kuntz, who was a slight underdog on the books. In just a short period of time, however, the betting lines changed drastically, making Kuntz a massive favorite over Bang. UFC officials reportedly questioned ‘Fighter A’ about the matter, but he appeared to be insensible to the whole ordeal.

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‘Fighter A’ then began to fear repercussions from what he had agreed to do shortly before the bout, and wound up competing to the best of his ability. He went on to win the contest and received numerous threats as a result. Fearing for his safety the fighter in question contacted local authorities and admitted what he had done, prompting an investigation from Korean officials who are attempting to track down all involved in the scheme.

It has yet to be officially confirmed as of this writing that Tae Hyun Bang is the fighter in question, but the evidence against the Korean is overwhelming.

  • Dave WC

    So what’s the consequence of agreeing to do something unethical and then not following through? He did the right thing in the end.

    • Eyes OnPies

      He also made criminals lose money and reputation hence why he fears their retaliation.

  • Shock Wave

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…
    If the UFC is involved in fight-fixing,
    That would totally explain Conor’s career…

    • Juan Diablo

      Stop lol

    • Jess Fenchley

      and Lousey’s

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      Thats actually one of the best things about MMA,
      is its usually so plain to see that you cant fix it

      Its not subtle like boxing
      If somebody it fooling aroung rasslin style its not too hard to see

  • Juan Diablo

    What a shtbag

  • Jess Fenchley

    Big surprise.