Heavyweight Cheick Kongo, who has competed inside the Octagon since 2006, was released by the UFC following a loss to Roy Nelson (UPDATE: Reports have stated Kongo’s deal was up, will not be resigned, so not technically “cut”).
Alden Halpern of MMA Elite posted on Twitter that Kongo was let go. Nothing has been confirmed, but his profile was removed from the UFC’s official website.
Since joining the promotion in ’06, Kongo remained a viable member of the heavyweight division. He posted a record of 11-6-1, including a 4-2-1 mark in his last seven.
On his own official Twitter page, Kongo has yet to make mention of the release, making a lone “LOL” post since it was first reported.
Despite his age (37), Kongo would jump to the top of the pack if he joined Bellator due to the lack of quality fighters the promotion has right now.