Dana has problem with long term credibility. His problem is that Tony and Dustin aren't the first and won't be the last. Those guys are only involved in *this* argument, but Dana is involved in *every* argument... he's setting himself up so it's a WHOLE BUNCH OF FIGHTERS word vs his own.
I think everyone knows that this is actually an argument over money. That, or Dana has "better opponents" in mind (i.e., Chandler). If so, I feel sorry for Chandler being associated as "Dana's boy"... that won't end well. But either way, how does he come out of this looking better? He looks like just another scumbag promoter (his words).
If Dana is going to continue with this "those guys didn't want to fight" narrative, he should abstract himself from the process. If instead it was "the legal team" making an announcement like "we couldn't come to terms", it wouldn't look so personal/petty on his part and he'd get to keep some credibility. After being an MMA fan for 15 years, I've seen him involved in so many spats like this that I automatically assume he's lying. That's not fair of me, but does it matter? He has a credibility problem.
Time to step aside and let someone with more business savy run it. He was good at the Ultimate Fighter era, but he doesn't know how to work with people who are becoming bigger stars. Look at all the guys who he says are "retired":
... there are others but fuck it you get my point.