UFC lightweight Tae Hyun Bang reportedly has been indicted for allegedly taking a bribe in connection with his bout against Leo Kuntz at UFC Fight Night 79.
According tokoreaherald.com, Bang is no longer a UFC fighter and will go to trial without being detained. Also indicted are several “brokers” who allegedly set up the fix, including MMA fighter Dae Won Kim.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office, a branch of South Korea’s Ministry of Justice that is similar to the FBI, announced the indictment.
As of Monday morning, Bang (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC) remains listed on the UFC’s website. UFC officials and his manager did not immediately respond to a request for comment. When an
Bang, 34, then allegedly admitted he’d tried to fix his bout with Kuntz, only to later change his mind after being warned by UFC officials. He allegedly accepted a bribe of approximately $87,000 while wagering approximately $43,000 on Kuntz.
After beating Kuntz via split decision at the event, which took place Nov. 28, 2015, at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, Bang received death threats from organized crime figures, who bet approximately $1.7 million on Kuntz.
Just hours before the fight, the massive wager turned Bang into a massive underdog, prompting UFC officials to go backstage and issue a stern warning to both fighters.
“The UFC seemed like they knew something was definitely not right,” Kuntz told MMAjunkie in April after the investigation was announced. “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.'”
According to a person close to the fighter at the time of the UFC’s warning, Bang and his camp denied knowledge of any of fight-fixing.
It’s been 11 months since Bang competed in the octagon. He most recently lost a unanimous decision to Nick Hein at UFC Fight Night 93, bringing his promotion record to 2-3.