Dana White was asked about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s status at the UFC 78 post fight press conference. White said that he would be “sitting out for awhile.” He also added that the UFC has plans for him that they can’t yet reveal. White did make one thing clear however; Rashad Evans will not get a shot at the title in the near future.
There is increasing speculation that Rampage may be involved, as a coach, with the next TUF season. Forrest Griffin is also being tabbed as his possible counterpart, though nothing has been confirmed. This is interesting as the next TUF season will feature middleweights, and both of the aforementioned names are light heavyweight fighters. The UFC must be having a difficult time finding an intriguing coaching match up at middleweight. It certainly can’t help matters that Anderson Silva doesn’t speak English.
Meanwhile, F4WOnline.com is speculating that Rampage is having issues with his contract, specifically with how much money he’s making. Keep in mind, however, that Rampage has also had issues with a hand injury as well so it’s difficult to assess the validity of this claim as of yet.
If there is a contract dispute, look for it to get worked out quickly and without too much media attention. White can ill afford another public contract dispute with one of his champions.