Had he said no to the Vera fight, he would have been cut.
Shogun said he'd rather be cut in the hope he'd get a better opponent, Dana didn't like it so he played hardball. Offering him Vera was basically saying 'We're not giving you a top guy, accept the fight or you're gone'.
Shame that someone like Shogun who you know will war with anyone is being forced into big risk no reward fights. Its his fault for laying down the gauntlet and saying he'd rather be cut, but at the end of the day he's top five and Glover is probably between 20 and 15. And there's top 10 guys sat around with no fights.
Dana knows Rua better than any of us and speaks of him very highly, nice way to ruin a fighter's image...
Firstly, that is complete speculation. Dana never said anything about cutting Rua until Rua brought it up and said he'd rather be cut than fight Glover. They could have offered him another opponenet after Vera if he declined. You have no idea!
Secondly, Dana already told us what happened. You don't need to put your spin on it to try and defend Shogun.
He turned down Glover citing his reason as being that he is not top 10 and then they offer him Vera who is not top 10 either and he took the fight in two seconds. Same set of principles in the same situation. Smells like a double standard to me.
He wasn't worried about getting cut. He threw his cards on the table and said cut me if you want me to fight Glover because I won't do it.
He's not trying to hold out for better opponents; he's trying to hold out for opponents he thinks he can beat.
The situation wouldn't even bother, me as a fan, if he had turned down Vera and accepted Glover because I think Glover is the much harder, more dangerous and exciting fight.
It's clear cut that in this situation he was trying to avoid Glover because he is so dangerous and relatively unknown. Yes it's high risk with little reward, but that doesn't change the fact that Shogun was bullshitting on the phone with his "he's not a top 10 guy" reason.