WSOF HW champ, indeed! Rep'd
WSOF HW champ, indeed! Rep'd
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Just read on Cagepotato.com that Kongo has been indeed cut. His management sent out a tweet that he's no longer with the UFC. Stupid phone won't let me post the link.
Cheick Kongo fulfills contract, UFC not planning to re-sign him (Updated) | News
After a seven-year run that included 18 fights in the organization, veteran heavyweight Cheick Kongo is a UFC fighter no more.
A UFC official told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps) Kongo recently fulfilled the last fight on his contract and is unlikely to be re-signed at the current time.
The release comes a few days after Kongo (18-8-2 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) suffered a knockout loss to Roy Nelson (19-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) on UFC 159's pay-per-view main card, which took place April 27 in Newark, N.J.
Kongo, 37, was one of the UFC's longest-employed and most experienced fighters. He made his promotional debut way back at UFC 61 in 2006, where the French kickboxer knocked out Gilbert Aldana as part of a 7-2 start to his UFC career.
Kongo, in fact, was on a 4-1-1 run before the setback to Nelson, which came just two minutes into this past weekend's fight.
However, that's been a theme of his time in the UFC. While he sports an overall 11-6-1 mark in the organization, Kongo struggled against the elite of the division, including notables such as Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir and Mark Hunt. The big-fight losses stalled any title hopes, though he proved a tough out for just about anyone, including Velasquez, who's earned stoppage wins against everyone but dos Santos and Kongo.
Halpern gave no indication of what may be next for Kongo, who's currently ranked 14th for the most fights in UFC history.
Kongo also is currently ranked No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings.
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"Kongo was not cut. He refused a new deal like me. His old sponsor is full of crap,and started a dirty rumor.U should know the truth." - Rampage Jackson
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I never understood the billing Frances most feared striker always grinded my gears.
I really believe that people like Bill Murray or John Belushi are just as great and just as valid as Robert De Niro or Al Pacino. And I don't think you can say One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is a better movie than Animal House (1978); they're different genres. I think they're both examples of great craftsmanship.
i guess i seen this coming. i was never a huge kongo fan, but the dude always fought hard imo. i just hate seeing guys lose their job i suppose. he'd be a good pickup for wsof.
Well, the heavyweights of the UFC can rejoice at least. The odds of them getting hit in the balls during a fight just dropped dramatically.
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Well when you get KO'd in the fashion he did vs Nelson I think he deserves to get cut. Guy is supposed to be a kickboxer and he gets KO'd very early by the same thing Nelson always looks for, an overhand right-after letting himself get backed right up against the cage. Didn't use his reach with any straight punches, no kicks-nope, just backed straight up against the cage without offering ANY resistance.
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