Gotta admit, I think Dan is a great fighter and I for one would not have minded watching that fight. But let's face it, Dan wanted that fight, but did he earn that fight? It's debatable, after losing to Silva he beat Paul Harris (barely ranked) in a tight decision, then Ace (not sure if top 10) in a split decision and then Bisping (not top 10) in what is one of the greatest KOs of all time. But the point remains, did he want it or did he earn it?
Dan wanted the fight and Silva didn't. Dan left the UFC. Had Dan beat a top 5 guy after Bisping he probably would have gotten the fight.
Everyone wants a shot at the belt, so that is a pretty good reason for Dan to want the rematch. But what was in it for Silva? I'm not saying rematches don't mean anything, but people don't usually seek rematches with people they beat. So all I'm saying is that I don't think there is anything wrong with Silva not wanting that fight. Also saying that I'm not convinced that Dan did enough to really earn it.
I am a big fan of Dan, but let's face it, he is the type of guy that is always looking out for himself. He is the guy that not too long ago said that he should have been the Main Event over Rhonda, despite that being a title fight...