A Sunday report from Brazilian media outlet Veja.com stated that the UFC had withheld Anderson Silva’s purse following his failed pre-fight drug test of UFC 183. The Veja report claimed that Anderson Silva’s $600,000 fight purse, $200,000 win bonus and money made from a percentage of pay-per-view sales were being withheld.
The UFC released a brief statement to MMAjunkie that read: “The financial reports made by Veja.com are not true.”
MMA Junkie reports that the UFC cannot withhold an athlete’s pay, only the NSAC has the authority to do so in this case. NSAC 467.142 and 467.147 outlines the procedures for payment and withholding pay from a fighter:
“Before the start of a contest or exhibition, the promoter shall deliver to the Commission, checks, letters of credit or another method of payment that is approved by the Commission for distribution to the entitled persons. All methods of payment other than checks must be submitted to the Commission not later than 10 days before the date of the contest or exhibition.
Immediately after the contest or exhibition, the person designated by the Commission will release the payments to the entitled persons and will obtain their signatures on a list in which they acknowledge the payment.”
Promoters must deliver the payment for fighters to the commission 10 days before the fight and the commission handles the payment to fighters. NSAC cannot withhold the fight purse or any portion of it unless it comes as a result of a disciplinary hearing. Further, the commission cannot withhold any pay-per-view points or undisclosed bonuses, only that which has been reported to them. MMApayout reports that the NSAC will meet next week to discuss Silva’s failed drug test and determine a punishment at that point.