Frank Shamrock’s departure was the death knell of the best division in the promotion, and while Bob Meyrowitz, in his socially awkward presentation of the title, tells Frank he is the greatest champion in their history and he can do whatever he wants, the actual case is that Semaphore is scrambling desperately to get him back, going even so far as to have Bas Rutten vacate the heavyweight title to challenge him, but four months later, Bas would be retired and commentating for PRIDE. From the pool of remaining middleweights, Tito Ortiz faced Wanderlei Silva, in a five round lay and pray with the Brazilian completely unable to escape from the bottom, and the wrestler literally running to avoid strikes from the Axe Murderer, a lame way for Tito to win the title. But he had, and his manager, Dana White, calls up Meyrowitz to negotiate his next bout agreement, demanding a piece of the pay per view profits, and Meyrowitz explodes into a tirade at top volume about how there’s not going to be any pay per view profits. Still straining to sell the live event, Ortiz vs Silva was SEG’s third show in Japan, where they’d even been attempting to get an office running in Tokyo, but found it prohibitively difficult. Whatever business they were able to do there, they were almost certainly getting exploited. Meyrowitz would ultimately be outmaneuvered in the MMA business by the Brothers Fertitta, who themselves would be famously fleeced by the Japanese promoters, so, you do the MMAth there. I imagine as soon as Dana White disconnected from the phone call with Meyrowitz, he began to pitch the purchase to his future partners, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.