A fighter received jail time this week in South Korea for his role in a UFC fight-fixing scandal.
Tae Hyun Bang was sentenced to 10 months by the Seoul Central District Court for taking $92,610 (100 million won in South Korea) to throw a fight against Leo Kuntz at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul in November 2015, according to the Korea Herald. Three people who gave the money to Bang also got jail terms.
“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. “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.”
Bang, 34, reportedly agreed to lose the first two rounds — and the fight — to Kuntz. But the fighter apparently changed his mind. Bang ended up winning a split decision. His change of heart reportedly came due to a warning from UFC officials about fight fixing after the betting lines on the fight changed drastically leading into the event.
Bang (18-10) was officially released by the UFC last month. The South Korean fighter, nicknamed “The Korean Cowboy,” went 2-3 in the UFC, including a third-round knockout win over Kajan Johnson. In that bout, Bang won $100,000 in bonuses for Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night.