Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Don’t close the cage door on Cheick Kongo’s (pictured) UFC career just yet … apparently. Despite not having his contract renewed by the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, Kongo claims a return to the Octagon is possible and that he’s in complete control of his own destiny. “Do not believe everything you are told,” Kongo posted on his Facebook (via Google Translate). “I’m in the best position to know what is my career in the UFC. AND do not worry. For now, know that no case has dismissed the UFC and I’m on good terms with the American organization. I’m out of contract, as I’ve been before. A UFC no sign of CDI and contracts, it is trading. So I say to you, unless proved otherwise, I’m still a UFC fighter. Take care of yourself.” “Don’t believe he said-she said stories. 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.” It has been reported that Kongo was offered a contract extension prior to meeting Roy Nelson last Saturday at UFC 159, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old turned down the offer. Perhaps Kongo was banking on a win to increase his bargaining power. Unfortunately for the heavyweight, he was knocked unconscious and his fighting future is now in limbo. Following the defeat, 5thRound.com confirmed with a UFC official that the promotion has decided not to re-sign Kongo at this time. The kickboxer went 11-6-1 during his seven-year run inside the Octagon. He has never fought for a UFC title.

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