Former light heavyweight Quinton Jackson may have sour grapes with UFC management after completing the final fight of his contract last weekend at UFC on FOX 6; however, UFC President Dana White does not feel the same way. With "Rampage" now a free agent, White said on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV that he recently spoke with Jackson's manager and -- with the right to match any contract offers the fighter receives in the coming months -- he'll have to see how the situation "plays out."
"First of all, ‘Rampage' has lost three in a row. He wasn't very nice to us leading up to his last fight [laughs]. I don't dislike ‘Rampage.' Through all that crap that happened leading up to this fight, I treated ‘Rampage' the exact same that I always have. Yes, we do have the right to match -- I think it's like a three-month right to match. I don't know, we'll see what happens. I talked to his manager yesterday. I'm not out to hurt ‘Rampage.' We'll see how this thing plays out."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White appeared on Tuesday's (Jan. 29, 2013) edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV to provide an update on the status of former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson after completing the final bout of his contract last Saturday (Jan. 26, 2013) at UFC on FOX 6: "Johnson vs. Dodson" in Chicago, Illinois. "Rampage" was openly disgruntled with UFC management in the lead-up his bout with Glover Teixeira at UFC on FOX 6 (a fight he lost by unanimous decision), and now White is unsure what the next step is. White dropped several intriguing nuggets in the Jackson update, stating he has already chatted with the fighter's management since Saturday night. In addition, he alluded to a three-month matching period on any offers "Rampage" may receive from other organizations. While many believed (and still do) Jackson is done with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion forever, White has never said the 34-year-old won't be welcomed back. And his comments certainly leave the door open ... even if Jackson's don't.