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Old 05-01-2013, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kongo's profile removed from UFC.com

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Cheick Kongo's profile was removed from UFC.com today, meaning that his days with the promotion are most likely at an end. It's a little surprising considering his long history at or near the top of the heavyweight division and shows that the UFC is devoted to removing fighters that they consider to be dead weight.

Kongo would leave behind an 11𤖫 record with the promotion, gathered over a seven year span. Despite his long winning record he never managed to fight for a title, often falling just short of contention against fighters like Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir. He'd lost two of his last three fights by KO against Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson, with a decision victory over Shawn Jordan sandwiched in-between. However, before the Hunt loss he was on a four fight unbeaten streak, including a highlight, comeback KO victory over Pat Barry.

It's hard to see him continuing his career outside of the octagon. At 37 and with a long MMA and kickboxing career already behind him, one would imagine that other opportunities outside of fighting may present themselves. However, much like Fitch before him, Kongo is not on a substantial losing streak. And while he may be older, in a paper-thin division like heavyweight, other promotions are sure to come knocking for a big fighter with name recognition.

Hopefully he lands on his feet, wherever they may take him. He's never been a huge draw, but he's put enough time and years into this sport, and had enough success, to deserve what few rewards it has to offer. Whether they be a few big purses fighting over-matched opponents in WSOF, or a chance to open his own gym and train new fighters, or even doing some managing and promoting I will be interested to see where he goes from here.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe now we will get to see him fight Big Tim
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm leaning retirement. Maybe he gets a call as an injury replacement.
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If he doesn't have a profile on UFC.com, then I've neva hurd a him!

WSOF and Bellator might be interested.
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The guy's already had a decent career and he's taken a bit too much punishment.

His chin is completely gone at this point.
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If he doesn't have a profile on UFC.com, then I've neva hurd a him!

WSOF and Bellator might be interested.
Until he fights Brett Rogers on SPIKE.
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He should go be on a french-language MMA show as a host or something. They don't have a ton of seasoned world veterans to be talking heads for stuff like that and he seems decently well-spoken.
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He should go be on a french-language MMA show as a host or something. They don't have a ton of seasoned world veterans to be talking heads for stuff like that and he seems decently well-spoken.
He is going to be GSP's new translator.
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He runs a fashion boutique in hollywood, so I doubt he's hard for cash. He should retire.
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