The UFC held it’s first event in South Korea back in 2015. Now, about a year and a half later, one of the fighters from the card in Seoul is under investigation for allegedly fixing a fight.
According to Naver Sports, a major Korean website, the unnamed fighter made a deal with some “gambling brokers” and was paid 100 million Won, the equivalent of $88,000 USD, to lose his fight. It was reported that he bet half of that on his opponent, while the brokers bet 2 billion Won, about $2 million in USD.
Suspicions arose — with all of that money coming in on a minor undercard fight — with sports books and the UFC alike. The fighter was questioned by the promotion, where he denied any knowledge of the fix. It turns out the fighter ended up bailing on the plan and won his fight by decision, and he told authorities that his life was threatened after he didn’t fulfill his end of the bargain.
While Korean news reports have not released the name of the fighter, deductive reasoning points to Tae Hyun Bang, since he was the only Korean male on the card that won his fight by decision.
Bang fought for the UFC once more after the infamous fight in Seoul, but odds are they won’t have him back after this news has surfaced.