A report by Veja.com over the weekend stated that UFC officials had decided to withhold a payment of nearly $6 million to Anderson Silva for his failure to pass pre-fight drug tests leading up to UFC 183.
Dave Sholler, vice president of public relations, disputed that report via Twitter.
.@BloodyElbow These reports are not true.
— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) February 9, 2015
Silva was found to have multiple banned substances in his system in early January, though he was still allowed to fight Nick Diaz. The former UFC middleweight champion won via decision.
In the fighter salary report released by the Nevada Athletic Commission, Silva was paid $600,000 for the fight and $200,000 for his win. He also makes money off pay-per-view sales.