WEC’s Cole Province suspended for failed drug test

Cole Province has joined "that" club.
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) issued a nine month suspension to World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Cole Province (6-1) on Friday after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Methasterone.

The 28-year-old Province defeated Fredson Paixo (8-4) via unanimous decision at “WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” on Aug. 9. He was required to take a drug test following the victory. His win over Paixo has been officially changed to a “no contest” by the commission, and he has also been fined $4,000.

Province admitted to taking the substance but claimed he had no idea it was illegal. “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,” Province said.

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WEC 42 salaries and bonuses

On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released the official fighter purses for “WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” which took place Sun., Aug. 9, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

Although losing his WEC Bantamweight Title via first round knockout, Miguel “Angel” Torres was the highest paid fighter on the card, taking home $25,000 for his main event efforts. His opponent, Brian Bowles, improving his undefeated record to 8-0, took home a base pay of $9,000, plus $9,000 to win, for a total of $18,000.

The low man on the totem pole was Fredson Paixao who lost via split decision to Cole Province in an un-aired preliminary bout. The 8-4 Brazilian earned $2,000 for his second appearance inside the WEC cage.

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Brian Bowles becomes new WEC Bantamweight Champion with knockout of Miguel Torres

In the main event at Sunday night’s WEC 42 event in Las Vegas, Miguel Torres took on the undefeated, yet much less experienced Brian Bowles.

However, the lack of experience did not prevent Bowles from believing in himself. He said after the fight that most of Torres’ opponents buy too much into his hype.

Bowles appeared to be bigger and stronger and his confidence was noticeable. Torres began the fight with leg kicks but it was not long until he found himself on his back from a takedown. Torres got back to his feet and landed a big right hand that stunned Bowles. Torres then moved in for the attack throwing a flurry, and that is when he got caught.

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Dominick Cruz gives Benavidez first defeat

Dominick Cruz gave Joseph Benavidez his first defeat Sunday night at WEC 42 in Las Vegas. Benavidez, who was 10-0 coming into the fight, was pitted against Cruz’s longer reach and height advantage.

The two were pretty even on the feet, but due to Cruz’s reach, Benavidez could not sit in the pocket for long, so his game plan was to move in, throw some combos, and get back out.

Because Benavidez was a New Mexico state wrestling champion, most people, including Benavidez, was probably not expecting Cruz to take him down so easily and often.

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WEC 42 results & play-by-play

“WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” takes place tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The main event features a bantamweight title fight between Miguel Torres and Brian Bowles. Other notable fighters on the card include Joseph Benavidez, Jeff Curran, and Leonard Garcia.

PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing a live play-by-play of the main card. If you have Versus, you can watch it live beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT. If not, then follow along with us here.

WEC 42 Quick Results:

L.C. Davis def. Javier Vazquez by split decision
Diego Nunes def. Rafael Dias by unanimous decision
Rani Yahya def. John Hosman by north-south choke rd1 (2:08)
Ed Ratcliff def. Phil Cardella via unanimous decision
Shane Roller def. Marcus Hicks by unanimous decision
Cole Province def. Fredson Paixao unanimous decision
Leonard Garcia def. Jameel Massouh by split decision
Takeya Mizugaki def. Jeff Curran by split decision
Danny Castillo def. Ricardo Lamas by TKO (punches) rd2 (4:15)
Dominick Cruz defeats Joseph Benavidez by unanimous decision
Brian Bowles defeats Miguel Torres by knockout (punch) rd1 (3:57)

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WEC 42 weigh-in results

The weigh-ins for “WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles” took place Saturday afternoon at Body English inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. in preparation for Sunday night’s event which will air live on Versus and will be available outside the U.S. in an online pay-per-view on the WEC website www.wec.tv.

As always, PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live round-by-round updates and results of the event beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on Aug. 9. Here are the weigh-in results:

Miguel Torres 134 lbs. vs. Brian Bowles 134 lbs.
Joseph Benavidez 135 lbs. vs. Dominick Cruz 135 lbs.
Danny Castillo 156 lbs. vs. Ricardo Lamas 155 lbs.
Jeff Curran 136 lbs. vs. Takeya Mizugaki 135 lbs.
Leonard Garcia 145 lbs. vs. Jameel Massouh 146 lbs.
Fredson Paixao 145 lbs. vs. Cole Province 146 lbs.
Marcus Hicks 159 lbs.* vs. Shane Roller 156 lbs.**
Phil Cardella 155 lbs. vs. Ed Ratcliff 155 lbs.
John Hosman 135 lbs. vs. Rani Yayha 136 lbs.
Rafael Dias 145 lbs. vs. Diego Nunes 145 lbs.
L.C. Davis 145 lbs. vs. Javier Vazquez 146 lbs.

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Miguel Torres wants to take Bowles’ heart

He is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world with a record of 37-1. He carries a five-year, seventeen-fight win-streak. He is the current WEC Bantamweight Champion and will be defending his title this weekend at WEC 42 against Brian Bowles.

Frank Mir, who is known for singing the praises of Miguel Torres, is reported as saying if he was Torres’ manager, Brian Bowles would be the one person he would have the champ avoid.

However, this Sunday, Torres won’t be avoiding anyone. He wants to defeat Bowles and get on with his bigger mission of becoming a legend. “I want to make history. I want to be the most dominant champion at 135 lbs. in the world,” said Torres on this week’s edition of Pro MMA Radio.

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