It looks like a new heavyweight is on the market for organizations like WSOF and Bellator, as Cheick Kongo’s days in the Octagon appear to be at an end. Though Kongo was not cut after his knockout loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159, the bout was the final fight on his deal and the UFC is not interested in re-signing the seasoned Frenchman.
MMAJunkie confirmed Kongo’s status with an unnamed source in the UFC.
Kongo addressed the matter in an online post, disputing the possibility of his future involving free agency.
“I have finished the last fight of my UFC contract BUT I have not been cut by the UFC and I am a UFC Fighter, still,” he Tweeted.
The 38-year old’s loss to Nelson dropped his overall record to 18-8-2 and served as his second strike-based defeat in his last three tilts. Kongo owns ten TKOs of his own including a memorable blasting of Pat Barry in 2011.
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