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The Filipino Assassin is back!!! Phillipe Nover, the fighting nurse from Brooklyn, NY, is set to return to the fight game when he jumps into his first pro fight since February of 2010 in his last UFC fight. Nover will be fighting in the Muay Thai ring for the first time as a pro against Anthony Ford on June 10 at the St. Paul’s Hall in 9th Ave. between 59th and 60th st. in New York City.
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After taking the UFC by storm and impressing top honchos like Dana White and MMA legends like Antonio Minotauro Nogueira with his star-making performances during season 8 of the Ultimate Fighter Show, Nover went on a year and a half hiatus to took care of some things regarding his nursing career and personal life.
Nover is as good as they come. If you want to talk about talent, potential, attitude and spirit, the guy deserves every breath for being hailed as a future GSP in the world of MMA. It was after all White who gave him such praise. Sometimes though, talent and potential aren’t enough to take an athlete or a fighter to the top. And after suffering a couple of close decision losses, a questionable stoppage and an unfortunate incident where he fainted right before a fight, Nover was forced to assess his MMA career after the UFC did not renew his contract.
Nover did just that by prioritizing his career and establishing something more financially stable with his nursing, rather than just jumping at the other opportunities that were being offered to him. And now that he’s got everything in place, the itch to get back and fight competitively as a pro fighter simply became too hard to ignore. “I haven’t fought for a year and a half after getting cut from the UFC. I had to get stable and get on with my life. I quit nursing (for the UFC), so I decided that I had to get back on track with the nursing and now I have a job at the Lutheran Hospital and I work at cardiac cath,” Nover told me a few days ago when I checked up on him and discussed his upcoming fight. Nover added, “Now that I’ve balanced my schedule, I started training again, and my body is feeling good. I also had an injury which I won’t go too much into detail with, but I’m good now and it’s fixed, I have a Muay Thai fight lined up on June 10.”
Nover has a background in Muay Thai and is known to be an excellent stand-up striker, and plans to work his way back into the MMA scene slowly. He has been working hard on his wrestling and is confident with the improvements he has made in training while being away from professional MMA. “I’ve been working on a lot of wrestling, and when I get back into the MMA scene, you’re going to see a different wrestling game. My wrestling game is far superior from what you’ve seen before,” Nover assured me.
Nover should be commended for making the smart, but difficult decision, of stepping away from MMA so that he could take care of some loose ends and his nursing career. With something stable to fall back on, and by addressing some of his weaknesses and health concerns, at still only 27, Nover eliminated his distractions and put himself in a better position to just chase his fight dream. “I just can’t wait to go back out there and start smashing, and do what I do best,” an excited Nover told me.
Nover fights with a lot of guts, and proudly carries the Philippine flag on his back every time he fights. There’s no shame in this guy’s game, and plenty of good reason for fans to hold their breath in anticipation. The Filipino Assassin will be back putting a hurt on the lightweight division someday in the near future as he continues to put in work in training, while he saves lives in the hospital as well. How much more Filipino can that sound?
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