Now, according to reports from French-Canadaian MMA sit Riddum.com, it seems that may not be the case. They asked UFC president Dana White for an update on Jackson's contract status and received this update:
"Rampage and I are friends again now. I was mad at him because of what he's done, and he was mad at me because I was mad at him...we just renewed Rampage's contract...It's a 6 fight contract."This is good news for "Rampage" fans and also clears up what happens if Jackson wins the fight with Rashad. If the UFC didn't have him under contract it would have created an awkward situation in which a Jackson would devastate Rashad's marketability, but the UFC couldn't move Jackson into a title shot either because he was gone. It seems as though Rampage, being fully aware of the touchy situation he had created, intentionally fueled rumours that he would leave the UFC just to drive his value up. All's fair in the business of MMA.
Of course, until Dana or "Rampage" (re)confirms the existence of a new six-fight contract, this report must be considered less-than %100 trustworthy.