I think the more important statement is that they are "looking to the future". It reads as if it's just about the issue at hand, but it's pretty obvious that's the entire reason they didn't want a high risk/low pay off fight.
I'm not a Shogun fan. He tends to fight people who I cheer for, so by default I'm usually on the other side of the fence when he's fighting. Having said that, there are guys that I cheer louder for, that I carry less respect for than I do Shogun. The man is a stand up person, and I think he's earned the right to dictate his career at least a bit. Especially since, whether his fans like it not, he's without question on the downhill side of his career.