UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo has signed a new six fight contract with the promotion according to the FightersOnly site.

Kongo has had mixed fortunes of late, losing out to both Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir before securing a much needed win over Paul Buentello last month. That victory took his UFC record to a still respectable 8-4 and has helped convince them to award the Frenchman a new long term deal which will see him through to 2012.

While Kongo¬† is not well rounded enough to be a threat at the top of the heavyweight he is still a worthy mid-ranking opponent for the UFC’s well stocked heavyweight roster so this move certainly makes sense.

It also ensures that the fighter does not head over to Strikeforce who could certainly have made use of the fighter in their own developing 265lb ranks.