The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday suspended World
Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Cole
Province for nine months following a positive test for the
anabolic steroid Methasterone at WEC 42 “Torres vs. Bowles” in
The 28-year-old Province was flagged in wake of his unanimous
decision victory against former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion
Paixao. The result of that bout was changed to a no contest by
the NSAC, which also fined Province $4,000.
Province will be required to provide a clean test to the commission
before being licensed again. He claimed the positive test was the
result of a tainted supplement, which he used “on a whim” to help
“I had no idea it was illegal,” Province said. “I’m by no means
claiming I’m innocent and didn’t have it in my system. It’s my
fault. I knew it helped build muscle.”
A four-time national champion wrestler at the University of Central
Oklahoma, Province made his WEC debut in December, when he dropped
a unanimous decision to Diego Nunes.
The Oklahoma native had never gone the distance before entering the
WEC and won the Masters of the Cage featherweight championship in
his second professional bout in 2007.