I still think we're being played. If not for financial gain by Anderson than for his own amusement.
My attitude regarding championships is as follows: A championship is only as credible as the champion that is holding it. The perception of the fighter claiming the belt following Anderson being stripped will be that of a joke. I know I would be laughing if they attempted to announce the new champ as anything but disputed. Unfortunately, in my eyes Anderson holds the cards.
In the all mighty words of Ric Flair, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man! WOOO!"