Tae Hyun Bang was supposed to throw his fight against Leo Kuntz at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea. He was even paid handsomely for it – not by the UFC, of course, but by some criminal element intent on fixing his fight.
But Bang didn’t lose that fight, he won by decision, and then was busted for accepting money to unlawfully influence the outcome of a fight, and now homeboy is going to jail for ten months.
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Former UFC lightweight Tae Hyun Bang has been sentenced to a 10-month prison term after being found guilty of taking bribes in connection with a plan to throw a fight.
Bang (18-10 MMA, 2-3 UFC) was sentenced today in the Seoul Central District Court in South Korea, according to a report from The Korea Herald, for taking bribes to throw his bout with Leo Kuntz at UFC Fight Night 79.
Three “brokers” who set up the fix and gave money to Bang totaling $92,160 USD also were given jail terms for their roles. One of those brokers reportedly was MMA fighter Dae Won Kim.
“The crime of match fixing damages the credibility of sport, and in international matches, it has a bad effect on the country’s credibility as well,” the court said, according to The Korea Herald. “Bang had an obligation to play the game fairly, but he ignored it and took an important role in the scheme. But we did take into consideration that Bang won the bout and returned the money afterwards.”