Sharp-eyed fans noticed earlier today that heavyweight non-sensation Cheick Kongo was now conspicuously absent from the UFC website’s roster. MMA reporters got to reportin’, and now the fate of the fighter with the great look but not so great record has been revealed:
The promotion has decided against re-signing the French veteran after his first-round knockout loss to Roy Nelson last Saturday night at UFC 159, a UFC official confirmed with MMAFighting.com on Wednesday. The official stated that that fight was the last on Kongo’s current contract.
According to Kongo’s long-time manager Anthony McGann, Kongo was offered a four-fight deal before the Nelson fight, but he turned it down after they couldn’t agree on terms. He was not offered a different deal after the fight.
Kongo’s last disclosed payment at UFC 137 had him earning 70k/70k, a sum whoever counts beans for the UFC probably wasn’t interested in keeping up after the kinds of performances he’s been pumping out lately. It seems like Cheick is at his most entertaining when he’s getting KTFO … otherwise his tendencies to wall’n'stall and paw the air haven’t been earning him a lot of fans. Combine that with the fact that the UFC’s heavyweight division is no longer the desolate wasteland it was in 2009, and you’ve got a recipe for an unemployed Kongo.
(Pic by Ken Pishna for MMA Weekly)