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UFC fight fixing charges surface in Korea

UFC 200 New York Press Event Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Seems like every time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads overseas, where it serves as its own regulatory body, something fishy happens involving the outcome of its mixed martial arts (MMA) fights.

I’m sure it’s merely coincidence.

The latest international fiasco involves UFC fight fixing, based on a report by Bloody Elbow, after police in South Korea started looking into the Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz fight on the UFC Fight Night 79 “Prelims” card in late 2015.

See how that unfolded here.

Kuntz started as a slight underdog heading into their lightweight showdown, according to Bloody Elbow, then suddenly (and quite drastically) ballooned up to more than a 4-to-1 betting favorite within the span of two hours.


Bang went on to win the fight by split decision, which means someone lost a shitload of money after the fact. Whether that person (or persons) is simply butthurt they made a poor choice at the betting window — or actually believes the outcome was rigged — is unclear.

But it was apparently serious enough to get the attention of local law enforcement.

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