At UFC Fight Night 79, lightweight competitors Tae Hyun Bang and Leo Kuntz went toe-to-toe inside the octagon. With the fight having gone the distance, Tae Hyun Bang went on to defeat his opponent by way of split decision.
However, the bout has since come under fire. As reported by MMA Junkie, Tae Hyun Bang has allegedly admitted to law enforcement that he was involved in fight fixing. The fighter revealed that he received death threats from organized crime members, as they betted $2 billion Korean won (approximately $1.7 million USD) that opponent Leon Kuntz would win.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s International Criminal Investigation Bureau is allegedly investigating the incident, as Bang reportedly accepted a bribe of approximately $87,000.
Leo Kuntz told MMA Junkie that UFC officials had approached him at one point, saying “The UFC seemed like they knew something was definitely not right. 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 UFC said they just wanted to make sure that everything was on the up and up, that he was fit to fight, and that he would be doing his best to win,” he continued.