Cheick Kongo's profile was removed from UFC.com, the usual sign that he has been released by the promotion.
However, Kongo denies he has been cut.
"I have finished the last fight of my UFC contract, tweeted Kongo. "BUT I have not been cut by the UFC and I am a UFC Fighter, still. #stop #rumors #lies."
Kongo was even more detailed, on his official Facebook page. Below is a translation from the original French.
"Don't believe he said- she said stories," wrote Kongo. "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.
"Do not believe what we tell you. I am in the best position to know what happened to my career in the UFC. AND do not worry. For the moment, be aware that in no case the UFC not dismissed me and I am on very good terms with the American organization."
In a curious twist, Kongo's manager, Anthony McGann, revealed that before UFC 159 the fighter was offered a four-fight contract, but turned it down. He was not offered the same contract after Saturday, or any contract.
A UFC representative told MMAJunkie that Kongo fulfilled the terms of his contract and is unlikely to be re-signed.
Kongo fought in the UFC over a seven-year span, going a very respectable 11-6-1.
The French fighter went 1-2 his last three fights, but was on a four-fight unbeatens streak before that, including a holy f@$%ing $#!* win over Pat Barry.
Kongo never fought for the title, always coming up just short in #1 contender fights against Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir, for example.
Given the shortage of heavyweight talent worldwide, and the fact that heavyweights peak later that lighter fighters, despite being 37 years old, Kongo should get picked up by another promotion in short order.
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