Cheick Kongo has released a statement in response to widely circulating reports that surfaced this week, which stated the heavyweight’s run with the UFC had likely come to an end for the time being. A couple days after Kongo was stopped by Roy Nelson last weekend, the promotion removed the veteran’s profile from its website, and news circulated that the French fighter’s contract had been completed. In addition, there were reports that a source close to the UFC had relayed that the promotion likely wouldn’t resign Kongo in the short term.
Speaking via his Facebook page, Kongo confirmed that he has not been cut by the UFC, but rather, that his contract has concluded. The heavyweight added “don’t believe he-said, she-said stories” and that he’s “on very good terms with the American organization.” The 37 year-old furthered “it doesn’t mean that I’m leaving the UFC, it doesn’t mean that I am staying, it means this is my LIFE.”
The news that the UFC may elect to not bring Kongo back caught some observers off guard, due to the fact the heavyweight had done 3-1-1 prior to meeting Nelson. On the other hand, the UFC has been cutting some big names lately, in an effort to make room for new talent and Strikeforce vets.
It would appear that Kongo believes negotiating a new deal with the UFC is in fact possible, and that his seven year long run with the organization could continue. If it doesn’t, there’s little doubt that the imposing heavyweight will land on his feet somewhere, and likely with a big stage promotion like WSOF or Bellator.
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