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...