Seoul, South Korea: Tae Hyun Bang took an important split decision victory, with the official scores coming in as 29-28 Kuntz, 29-28 Bang, and 29-28 Bang.
UFC Fight Night 79 was held on November 28, 2015 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea. The event will be the first that the organization will have hosted in South Korea. Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz took place on the preliminary portion of the card that aired on UFC Fight Pass.
Bang opened the bout forcing Kuntz to retreat with some early jabs. A strong hook landed for Bang and sent Kuntz flying to the canvas; following a guillotine attempt however both men are separated for a timeout due to a cut under the eye of Bang. Meeting in the center of the octagon, Bang’s swollen eye becomes more of an issue. Trading blows, Bang’s hands drop to his waist and Kuntz forces the takedown as a result. After a quick scramble and with one minute remaining, both men are bloodied and looking for more openings on the feet.
Both men exchanged wildly to start off the second, with Bang’s endurance becoming visibly apparent. Kuntz secured the clinch against the fence and further forced Bang to utilize his remaining energy. With two minutes to go, a takedown is secured for the American. Hooks secured and the clock ticking down, Kuntz appeared to have a choke secured – but the exhausted Bang somehow managed to muscle his way out.
The final frame of this brawl saw Bang walking down his opponent, hands at his side, absorbing counter jabs. Kuntz landed a takedown, and after defending a lengthy guillotine attempt appeared to drained all remaining energy from his opponent. Somehow, Bang managed to force a standup and, plowing forward, the Korean delivered an impressive last stand before the match came to an end.
Tae Hyun Bang now improves to 18-9 as a professional with Leo Kuntz falling to 17-3.