It looks as though the UFC won’t be bringing back Cheick Kongo in the short term future, as the heavyweight’s profile has been removed from the UFC website, following his loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159 last weekend. In case you missed it, and you probably didn’t, Kongo was finished by a series of big right hands from “Big Country” in the opening round.
MMA Junkie is also reporting that according to a UFC official, Kongo has completed his current contract, and that the heavyweight probably won’t be resigned at this juncture.
The news may come as a surprise to some, however, considering that Kongo did work his way to a unanimous decision win over Shawn Jordan before fighting Nelson, and that he’s 3-2 in his last five. That said, the UFC has made some big name cuts in recent months, ie Jon Fitch, due to the influx of fighters and Strikeforce vets.
Kongo (18-8-2) went 11-6-1 during his time with the UFC, which dates back to 2006, when he stopped Gilbert Aldana in his Octagon debut. The French heavyweight’s biggest UFC wins to date include victories over Mirko “Cro Cop”, Matt Mitrione and yes, Pat Barry. That stoppage win isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon.
Some of the men to defeat Kongo in the Octagon include Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, Mark Hunt and Heath Herring.
Don’t expect the 37 year-old to struggle finding more work, as you would think other promotions like Bellator or WSOF would welcome a well known UFC vet like Kongo to their roster.
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Article by Kelsey Mowatt