Province: 'Definitely Guilty' of Ingesting Banned Substance
Province said he was “definitely guilty” after testing positive
for Methasterone metabolite following his unanimous decision
victory over Fredson
Paixao at WEC 42 on Aug. 9.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Monday that the
two-time WEC veteran had failed a test for the banned substance.
Province faces a suspension and/or fine.
The former University of Central Okalahoma wrestling star and NCAA
Div. II champion admitted that he ingested an over-the-counter
supplement after weighing in for his bout. He was apologetic for
making a decision he called “dumb” and a “mistake.”
“I wasn’t trying to get any super-human strength or anything like
that, I just wanted to get some extra water into my muscles,”
Province told Sherdog.com.
Province, 28, is convinced the positive test resulted from his use
of the supplement SOS 500 from Double Dragon Pharmaceuticals.
The product’s Website carries a warning that states, "If you are a
professional or amateur athlete subject to performance enhancing
substance testing, do not use this product unless cleared by your
sanctioning body as it may cause a false reactive result for a
urine or blood drug test."
“I didn’t know it was banned but, still, with that said, I am
responsible,” said Province. "I should have checked into it but I
just want to make it clear that I took an over-the-counter
supplement, not steroids.”
Province (6-1) will likely face a suspension and have his victory
over Paixao overturned to a no contest when he addresses the NSAC.
The commission has taken a hard line in recent actions against
fighters who have tested positive for performance enhancing
Parisyan had his January victory over Dong Hyun
Kim changed to a no contest, was fined 40 percent of his purse
($32,000) and was suspended nine months after testing positive for
oxymorphone, hydromorphone, and hydrocodone, pain killers that the
commission felt could help a fighter’s performance by numbing
Province said he would abide by any punishment the commission hands
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