Despite recent reports that Cheick Kongo won’t be returning to the Octagon any time soon, after getting blasted by Roy Nelson at UFC 159, the heavyweight has released a statement saying he’s still a “UFC fighter.”
Earlier this week the UFC pulled Kongo’s profile from the promotion’s official website, and subsequent reports cited a UFC source stating that his contract was complete, and that he likely won’t be resigned. The news surprised some observers, considering that the 37 year-old heavyweight had gone 3-1-1 in his last five bouts, before getting knocked out by Nelson.
Speaking through his official Facebook page, Kongo has confirmed that he was not “cut”, as was initially believed, and that his current contract with the UFC is complete. The powerful fighter warned folks to not believe “he said-she said” stories, and further, “it does not mean I’m leaving the UFC, it does not mean that I’m staying, it means this is my life.” Kongo, who made his Octagon debut way back in 2006, also noted that he’s “on very good terms” with the organization.
In other words, it sounds like Kongo believes negotiations could produce a new UFC contract and that his seven year run with the promotion might continue. The two parties are negotiating, and thus, no one should jump to conclusions just yet. Considering that men like Jon Fitch have received the Zuffa axe as of late, however, it also seems reasonable that the UFC may not bring back Kongo. Even if he’s capable of taking out men like Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione.
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Article by Kelsey Mowatt