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And Now He’s….Fired(?): Cheick Kongo’s Profile Removed From UFC.com [UPDATED]


(Cheick Kongo had never seen Deliverance before, yet in that moment, he somehow knew what was coming. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.) 

We know, we know, it’s probably not a good idea to solely base someone’s employment status with the UFC on the existence of their UFC.com profile, but speculation is the hamster that keeps the wheels of intellectual transcendance and creative spontaneity spinning here at CagePotato. That, and a shitload of coke. For the hamster.

Aaaaanyway, word was passed along this morning that longtime heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo no longer has a fighter profile on UFC.com, which can only mean one thing in today’s UFC economy: BANISHMENT.

In all honesty, anyone who noticed how much money Kongo was making even in defeat probably could’ve seen this coming. His legendary come-from-behind KO over Pat Barry aside, Kongo has looked like a shell of himself ever since Frank Mir made good on his promise to change him as a fighter at UFC 107. Once a feared striker, the Frenchman seemed like a fish who had intentionally leaped out of water in his pair of grappling-heavy snoozer decisions over Matt Mitrione and Shawn Jordan, the latter of which we dubbed the worst fight of 2012. Kongo would find no relief in his once-adored striking game, either, suffering two first round knockout losses (to Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson at UFC 144 and 159, respectively) in his past three contests.

While it would be easy to take pot shots at a guy who has subtly threatened us with physical violence before, we are going to take the high road here. So join us after the jump for look back at some of Kongo’s greatest hits.

[UPDATED] 

Well, it’s official (via MMAJunkie):

After a seven-year run that included 18 fights in the organization, veteran heavyweight Cheick Kongo is a UFC fighter no more. His management team today made the announcement.

“I am sad to report that Chiek Kongo was released by the UFC today,” Alden Halpern of MMA Elite wrote.

-J. Jones

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sidkof- May 3, 2013 at 11:51 am
uptil I looked at the check for $6707, I be certain that my mother in law woz truley bringing in money part time from there new laptop.. there great aunt had bean doing this for under twenty months and resantly cleard the mortgage on there mini mansion and bought a top of the range Dodge. I went here, ======wow65.Com=====
Mir please break Brocks neck- May 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, no. As of 1:32 EST (ATLANTA)...Kongo's profile is STILL on UFC.com. In other important news..... The Kid from Kris Kross OD'd today. Ain't gonna "Jump, Jump". no mo'!!!!!!!
stak- May 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm
He was not released. His contract is up and they've decided to not offer him a new one.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm
Wait- what about Leonard motherfuckin' Garcia?

His hermanos en Mexico must be the direct line for Dana's piedros.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm
Sucks that he got sacked, tossed off like some junk. The UFC is a real ball buster sometimes but I guess you've got to deliver the goods if you want to protect the family jewels. Dana's nuts if he thinks WSOF won't have the cojones to scoop up a bollock like Kongo. Sometimes you have to grow a pair and grab the bull by the balls. He shouldn't be hanging around for too long.
49Mystics- May 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Also: Testicles!
lenoz- May 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm
I'm not entirely sure I believe Alden Halpern is as sad as he claims about Check Kongoh's release.
El Famous Burrito- May 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Later.

Don't let the knee hit you in the balls on the way out.
masterbaitntackle- May 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm
Well, Kongo....there's always football (soccer)....you got 7 years experience kicking balls already.
masterbaitntackle- May 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm
It took balls to kick Kongo to the curb like that..............
El Guapo- May 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm
UFC JayT is gonna flip out when he hears the bad news..
Mood- May 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Might just not of been offered a new contract like Simpson, if he was at the end of it - he's not a spring chicken anymore. Rumble v Cup Cheick anyone?
Fried Taco- May 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Aw, nuts!
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