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UFC denies withholding Anderson Silva payout following failed drug test

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva collected his fight purse from Nevada State Athletic Commission following his five-round unanimous decision win no contest over Nick Diaz back on Jan. 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And then some.

While "The Spider" was popped for a bouillabaisse of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) shortly after his long-awaited return to combat sports, it had no effect on his payout, win bonus, or pay-per-view (PPV) points, despite a report that claimed the Brazilian was stiffed by a whopping $6 million.

The UFC released a brief statement to MMAjunkie: "The financial reports made by Veja.com are not true."

Sorry, conspiracy theorists.

It's important to note that fighter purses are controlled by the commission and not the promoter as a means to guarantee payout (see his full salary here). In addition, in order for UFC to withhold post-fight bonuses such as PPV points, it would have to violate its contract, which seems unlikely.

Sure, it could fail to make good on locker room bonuses and other sorts of unreported perks, but Silva was paid for doing the job he was contracted to do. Though I'd reckon he won't be getting any more lavish gifts (like this) from his employer after his steroids scandal.

Speaking of denials...