Cheick Kongo - MMAWEEKLYHeavyweight Cheick Kongo was in the precarious position of entering his last UFC effort without a deal in place beyond the bout and, though it could have worked out for him if successful, the Frenchman ultimately lost the tilt by way of a brutal knockout in the first round. Though Kongo has called the Octagon his professional home since 2006, rumors have swirled since his stumble to Roy Nelson stating UFC officials aren’t interested in bringing the hard-hitting kickboxer back in the fold.

Kongo recently addressed said reports, confirming he was not currently inked to a UFC contract but feels certain a return to the company is a legitimate possibility rather than a long shot.

“Do not believe everything you are told. I’m in the best position to know about my career in the UFC. And do not worry. For now, know that I have not dismissed the UFC and I’m on good terms with the American organization. I’m out of contract, as I’ve been before. So I say to you, unless proved otherwise, I’m still a UFC fighter,” wrote Kongo on his Facebook page. “Don’t believe he said-she said stories. I have not been cut by the UFC. I am Cheick Kongo so I know best what’s next for me. It doesn’t mean that I am leaving the UFC, it doesn’t mean that I am staying – it means this is my life.”

The 18-8 Kongo, who turns 38 in less than two weeks, has won three of his last five fights including victories over Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry. Thirteen of his wins have featured some form of finish with ten by way of TKO.