UFC lightweight Tae Hyun Bang appears to be in a lot of trouble.
Bang has reportedly been indicted on charges of fight fixing connection to his UFC Fight Night 79 bout with Leo Kuntz. The fight, which Bang won after allegedly backing out of an agreement to throw the fight, was apparently already on the UFC’s radar prior to the bell.
Hours before the event, a bet was placed in the value of $1.7 million, making Bang a huge underdog. That’s when UFC officials became suspicious and went into each fighters dressing room to issue them a warning.
“The UFC seemed like they knew something was definitely not right,” Kuntz told MMAjunkie. “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.’”
Bang eventually won the fight in a split decision which prompted a number of threats on his life from organized crime members who placed the large bet.
The UFC says that Bang is no longer a member of their organization, though he remains listed on their website. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office announced the indictment, as well as those of several brokers who helped facilitate the fix.
Bang’s career was never remarkable in the Octagon, and now it seems as if it is over. He has biggest problems on his plate.
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