Rashad doesn't deserve it at this point, not with other fighters actually working their way up and racking wins together. That should be the price he pays for bitching out and not fighting. I say we have another mini-tournament like they did with the HW title a few years back.
Forrest vs. winner of Couture/Machida
Rampage vs. Hammill
The winners of the above square off to determine a new number one contender for the belt. Though I suppose that would see the champion sitting around for a spell, so it's likely not all that feasible.