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Confirmed: UFC fighter Tae Hyun Bang involved in big fight-fixing scandal

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Back in November of 2015, Tae Hyun Bang stepped onto the canvas with Leo Kuntz. He did so on the undercard of a UFC Fight Night in Seoul, in his native South Korea.

 

In the end, Bang and Kuntz’s fight went down as a fairly forgettable one, with Bang earning a close, split decision win. The final hours before this fight, however, stand out in the memory as some seriously suspect ones.

 

If you had your finger on the pulse of the fight game back then, you’ll remember that, in the hours leading up to Bang and Kuntz’s fights, there was a massive swing in the odds in Kuntz’s favor. This wasn’t a small, last-minute change, but an unprecedented transformation in the odds, which immediately raised eyebrows amongst the more discerning members of the MMA community.

 

While there was no way to prove that we were witnessing the signs of fight-fixing at the time, it sure seemed that way. It seemed as though somebody, or perhaps many people, with inside knowledge of the situation – knowing perhaps that Bang was badly injured or that he was going  to throw the fight – were putting massive sums down on Kuntz. This drastically changed the complexion of the betting odds, as they were adjusted to reflect new confidence in a Kuntz win.

 

There were red flags everywhere.

 

But then Bang won the fight, which immediately clashed with all of the fight-fixing accusations that had burbled to the surface in the buildup to his fight. The odds had swung in Kuntz’s favor, which meant that if anybody was going to throw the fight, it was going to be Bang. But he won, and so suddenly, there was far less reason to cry fix.

 

As it turns out, however, anyone who was skeptical of the massive odds swing in the buildup to this fight was right. This week, it has been reported by multiple sources that a nameless South Korean UFC fighter is currently involved in a police investigation stemming from this card. BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor has confirmed with a source with knowledge of the situation that this fighter is indeed Tae Hyun Bang. Taylor also acquired some new details on the situation.

 

In the buildup to the fight, Bang got involved with some gangsters, who convinced him to throw the fight. These gangsters, who the South Korean police are calling “gambling brokers”, then bet a massive 200 million Won (roughly $176,000 USD) on Kuntz. Bang, meanwhile, was paid 100 million Won to take the fall. He then bet half of this sum (roughly $44,000 USD) on Kuntz. All in all, it is estimated that the nefarious parties involved in this underhanded betting scandal wagered close to $2 million USD on Kuntz. This massive betting on Kuntz is what swung the odds so significantly in his favor.

 

Unsurprisingly, this shady, last-minute odds-shift caught the attention of the UFC, who quickly began questioning Bang. Realizing that he was essentially screwed either way, Bang then decided to fight to win, rather than throw the fight. The result of this change of heart was his split decision defeat of Kuntz.

 

In the fallout of this ugly ordeal, Bang has reportedly received multiple death threats from the shadowy villains who pushed him into taking a fall, who are unsurprisingly not pleased that he didn’t hold up his end of the deal. As a result, he has come clean to South Korean police, and is now embroiled in an investigation surrounding the incident.

 

Since this incident occurred, Bang has fought once more, giving up a decision to Nick Hein. The UFC has not yet commented on the situation, but given that this is the first verifiable instance of fight fixing in the promotion’s history, they’re bound to release a statement soon.

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The UFC has not yet commented on the situation, but given that this is the first verifiable instance of fight fixing in the promotion’s history, they’re bound to release a statement soon.

 

I'd call it more attempted fight fixing than an actual verifiable instance of fight fixing since, at the end of the day, the fight wasn't actually fixed. The guy fought to win.

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 This week, it has been reported by multiple sources that a nameless South Korean UFC fighter is currently involved in a police investigation stemming from this card. BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor has confirmed with a source with knowledge of the situation that this fighter is indeed Tae Hyun Bang.

 

so it's official. Tae Hyun Bang is a confirmed can.

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That can Kuntz got double dipped by an Asian who tried to throw the fight.

 

As the great JP would say, you can't make this chit up!

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LDD and I called this when it happened, and I definitely said this dude was going to disappear when he won the fight. lol
     
Sure enough. This idiot will be missing before too long.

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I'm sure theres' been fight fixes in the past, in the UFC, outside the managements knowledge

 

If I was getting paid 10/10 and some outside resources offered me bank to flop I might just flop inside 1 round

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if anything it might just draw more interest in the fighter and more interest = more money

 

with the way the ufc has been turning mma from a sport into a spectacle, if bang gets any more notoriety from this i wouldnt be surprised if the ufc hands him out a title shot.

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cant hate on bang, he didnt fight a fixed fight, he actually said **** u and fought to win. Those gangsters lost 2 million dollars asnd bang maintained his reputation in tact, even risking his life in process. He still lost though but not in the way the gangsters had bet on.

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cant hate on bang, he didnt fight a fixed fight, he actually said **** u and fought to win. Those gangsters lost 2 million dollars asnd bang maintained his reputation in tact, even risking his life in process. He still lost though but not in the way the gangsters had bet on.

He most likely would have thrown the fight if he wasn't questioned by the UFC though. He bailed to save his career.
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He most likely would have thrown the fight if he wasn't questioned by the UFC though. He bailed to save his career.

 

This ^^^

 

 

I bet the gangsters scared him but not as much as all the athletic commission and ufc brass that could find him a hell of a lot easier.

 

Hard to pull a Houdini as you are leaving the cage.

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He most likely would have thrown the fight if he wasn't questioned by the UFC though. He bailed to save his career.

 

dont know that for sure, though what we do know is he did the right thing

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We know that he was paid to lose a fight and bet against himself. According to the article he didn't change his mind until after he was questioned by the UFC.

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I'd call it more attempted fight fixing than an actual verifiable instance of fight fixing since, at the end of the day, the fight wasn't actually fixed. The guy fought to win.

hahah..I sure hope you aren't saying this doesn't matter. Because planning a crime is pretty much as bad as succeeding in a lot of cases. Bang might be in slightly less dire straights than if he'd gone through with it but the gangsters who organized it are just as screwed as if they'd succeeded.

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hahah..I sure hope you aren't saying this doesn't matter.

 

No, not at all, but I do think there's different levels of severity to "planned to do something, but didn't", and "actually did the thing", and the way that last section was phrased made it sound more like the latter than the former.

 

My issue was just the wording.

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LDD and I called this when it happened, and I definitely said this dude was going to disappear when he won the fight. lol

     

Sure enough. This idiot will be missing before too long.

 

This is just another example of when cash and LDD both have a take, it can't be wrong!

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UPDATE

 

Speaking to a source close to the situation, BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor has learned that one other UFC fighter was approached by the same mysterious gambling brokers that approached Bang. This fighter was also encouraged to throw their fight. The identity of this fighter is not yet known. It is also not known if they accepted the bribe. Bang, however, is not the only fighter involved in this scandal.

 

Furthermore, the weighty tone of this whole ordeal has driven the South Korean police to take drastic action. Bang and the other currently unknown fighter have been barred from leaving the country. So too has one former fighter, who is believed to have orchestrated the meeting between these UFC fighters and the shadowy gambling brokers behind the ordeal. Finally, one additional person has been barred from leaving South Korea, as they are believed to be one of the brokers themselves. That’s a total of four people that are currently not allowed to leave the country as a result of this fight-fixing scandal.

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UPDATE

 

Speaking to a source close to the situation, BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor has learned that one other UFC fighter was approached by the same mysterious gambling brokers that approached Bang. This fighter was also encouraged to throw their fight. The identity of this fighter is not yet known. It is also not known if they accepted the bribe. Bang, however, is not the only fighter involved in this scandal.

 

Furthermore, the weighty tone of this whole ordeal has driven the South Korean police to take drastic action. Bang and the other currently unknown fighter have been barred from leaving the country. So too has one former fighter, who is believed to have orchestrated the meeting between these UFC fighters and the shadowy gambling brokers behind the ordeal. Finally, one additional person has been barred from leaving South Korea, as they are believed to be one of the brokers themselves. That’s a total of four people that are currently not allowed to leave the country as a result of this fight-fixing scandal.

We all know Platinum Perry couldn't beat GOAT Knees without Lim throwing that fight. It's got to be him.

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We all know Platinum Perry couldn't beat GOAT Knees without Lim throwing that fight. It's got to be him.

Little Dong also would never tap to a slam. This whole event was a work

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