The UFC has blocked a massive $6 million payout to Anderson Silva in wake of his failed drugs test.
Silva was due to get the huge sum for his participation in the main event of UFC 183, where he faced off against Nick Diaz.
However, the organisation has been forced to withhold the sum as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) continue carry out their investigation into the failed drugs test for two different performance enhancing drugs.
Huge payday up in the air
The news of the payout was broken by Veja.com.br and they revealed that the sum is currently in holding until the final ruling.
The $6 million is made of up Silva's $600,000 purse to show, $200,000 for winning and the other $5.2 million is his cut of the pay-per-view profits. However, after failing a pre-fight drugs test for two banned substances, Silva's money is up in the air and in the hands of the UFC.
Win bonus will be the first to go
The $200,000 win bonus is almost certain to be lost as the commission are expected to overturn the result to a no-contest, after both fighters failed tests.
The rest of his money is up for debate but he's likely to get a decent portion of it, even if he's found guilty and suspended and fined by the commission.
UFC still under attack from all angles
The news has rocked the MMA universe and the world of the UFC harder than any controversy before and the future of the sport remains uncertain.
There is almost unanimously demand for an external body to take over the drugs testing part of the sport, with huge stars like Georges St-Pierre pointing out that the amount of money clouds the judgement.
"They have random testing and the testing is done by a competent and an independent organization (the World Anti-Doping Association) that has no interest financially in the promotion of (the sport)." he told The Canadian Press.
Although the UFC paid to have these spot tests done, they're not happening at every event across the world and it's leaving people suspicious.
It has been said before but if the UFC fail to act in the wake of two of their biggest stars failing back-to-back tests then they're going to have a serious problem on their hands.