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Report: Cheick Kongo done with UFC following knockout loss to Roy Nelson (Updated)

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Longtime UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo fulfilled the final fight on his UFC contract. Unfortunately, it was a crushing knockout loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159 last weekend in New Jersey. At this time, there are no plans for him to return.

Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Cheick Kongo will be looking for work elsewhere as the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion continues its spring cleaning.

MMA Fighting reports that Kongo has fulfilled his current UFC contract and will not return after turning down a new contract prior to his most recent appearance.

Kongo was knocked out by Roy Nelson last weekend (April 27, 2013) at UFC 159, a little over two minutes into the fight. The loss to "Big Country," however, was only his second in seven fights.

Then again, his lackluster performance against Shawn Jordan at UFC 149 -- which drew the ire of UFC boss Dana White -- didn't exactly do Cheick any favors.

Prior to his bout against Jordan, the French-born fighter was knocked out in the first round (yet again), this time to heavy-handed Mark Hunt at UFC 144.

Kongo also has notable losses to current 265-pound champ Cain Velasquez and former titleholder Frank Mir. During his seven-year tenure with the promotion, Kongo amassed an 11-6-1 record which includes wins over Mirko Filipovic, Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry.

Whether or not another promotion will take a chance on the 37-year old, remains to be seen. In this week alone, there have now been a total eight fighters removed from the UFC roster.

Anyone here think Kongo can succeed on the regional circuit?