Phillipe Nover

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Phillipe Nover
Born (1984-02-03) February 3, 1984 (age 31)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Other names The Filipino Assassin, Super, Mini GSP
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Brooklyn, New York
Team Renzo Gracie, Edge Hoboken, Church St Boxing
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2003-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 10
By knockout 1
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By decision 4
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Phillipe J. Nover (born February 3, 1984), is an American mixed martial artist. He is best known for making it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. He is the current Ring of Combat lightweight champion.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Nover was born and raised in Brooklyn. He was born into a Filipino and American family.[1] He trained with Sifu Ralph Mitchell at Universal Defense Systems which covers Filipino Arnis (similar to Filipino Kali[2]/Eskrima), Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Kung-Fu, Judo, Jeet Kun Do and Savate. He attended Kingsborough Community College and works in a Brooklyn hospital as a registered nurse. Phillipe completed his Bachelor's degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He began training in martial arts at age ten and attended Leon Goldstein High School. Nover holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Alexander "Soca" Freitas.[3] He has been fighting Pro MMA since 2003. Currently Nover has been training at Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, Edge Wrestling in New Jersey, and Church St. Boxing gym in Tribeca New York under his trainer Jason Strout.[4][5]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Nover normally fought as a welterweight but since The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir only had an opening for lightweights and light-heavyweights he had to cut weight to be able to participate. Dana White called him "Fainting Phillipe" because he had fainted when White was announcing the coaches. In the preliminary round, Nover defeated Joe Duarte with a rear naked choke in the second round. On episode 8, Nover defeated Dave Kaplan, again via rear naked choke then proclaimed himself as the toughest registered nurse on the planet. In the same episode Dana White mentions that Nover reminds him of a young Georges St-Pierre.[6] Phillipe defeated George Roop in the semi-finals via a kimura lock. Phillipe lost in the Ultimate Finale on December 13, 2008 to Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Phillipe Nover fought Kyle Bradley at UFC 98, losing by a controversial TKO at 1:03 of the first round.[7] After taking down Nover, Bradley landed some heavy punches on his prone opponent. Nover was pulling guard ready to defend, however Referee Yves Lavigne stopped the fight. Lavigne was booed by the crowd for the remainder of the event.[8]

Phillipe Nover was set to fight Sam Stout at Ultimate Fight Night 19, replacing the injured Kyle Bradley. On September 16, 2009, the day of the fight, Nover had fainted. As a result, the match with Stout was cancelled.[9]

Nover then faced a fellow Ultimate Fighter alumni Rob Emerson at UFC 109 on February 6, 2010.[10] Nover lost a controversial unanimous decision. scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Nover.[11] With a UFC record of 0-3, he was released from the promotion.[12]


After being released from the UFC, Nover continued to train MMA in New York and teach at a local mixed martial arts school. Nover took a year off from competing to focus on his coaching and nursing careers. He had a few Muay Thai matches before returning to compete in MMA. He returned to the cage after an 18-month layoff to meet Jake Murphy, a Greg Jackson-trained fighter, at Hoosier Fight Club 8 on August 20, 2011. He replaced the last man to defeat him, Murphy's original opponent, Rob Emerson, who had to pull out of the fight due to injury.[13] Nover won the fight by unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three judges' scorecards.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

A few weeks after his win over Murphy, Nover was signed to fight in Bellator Fighting Championships. His debut came at Bellator 59 against Polish submission ace, Marcin Held. Nover lost via controversial split decision. During the bout, Nover was able to dominate on the stand-up and maintain top position on the ground as well as display strong submission defense. However, two of the three judges score Held's multiple submission attempts. scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Nover.[14]

Nover faced Derrick Kennington on September 28, 2012 at Bellator 74. He won the fight via submission in the second round. In his third fight for the promotion, Nover faced Darrell Horcher at Bellator 95 on April 4, 2013. He won via unanimous decision.

Return to UFC[edit]

Nover is expected to face Yui Chul Nam in a featherweight bout on May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66.[15]

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu[edit]

Before his fight with Efrain Escudero, Phillipe was awarded a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Mundials Bronze winner Alexandre "Soca" Freitas on Dec. 6, 2008. The ceremony took place at the Soca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in New York. Phillipe has been studying BJJ since he was 17 years old.[16] Nover faced his Ultimate Fighter Season 8 finale opponent Escudero in a submission-only match on November 9, 2013 at the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo; they fought to a draw. In his next match-up, a wrestling match at Grapple at the Garden on December 1, 2013, he was defeated by former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • Ring of Combat
    • ROC Lightweight Championship (One time, Current)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–5–1 Dan Cion Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 50 January 23, 2015 2 1:10 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–5–1 Mike Santiago Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 45 June 14, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won Ring of Combat Lightweight championship
Win 8–5–1 Darrell Horcher Decision (unanimous) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 7–5–1 Tony Martin Decision (majority) Dakota FC 14 January 27, 2013 3 5:00 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 7–4–1 Derrick Kennington Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 74 September 28, 2012 2 4:20 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 6–4–1 Marcin Held Decision (split) Bellator 59 November 26, 2011 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–3–1 Jake Murphy Decision (unanimous) Hoosier Fight Club 8 August 20, 2011 3 5:00 Valparaiso, Indiana, United States
Loss 5–3–1 Rob Emerson Decision (unanimous) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–2–1 Kyle Bradley TKO (punches) UFC 98 May 23, 2009 1 1:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–1–1 Efrain Escudero Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale December 13, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost TUF 8: Lightweight
Win 5–0–1 Jay Coleman Submission (kimura) Ring of Combat 13 March 16, 2007 1 3:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0–1 Abner Lloveras Decision (majority) Ring of Combat 12 November 17, 2006 2 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0–1 Dave Drago Submission (rear-naked choke) Ring of Combat 11 August 18, 2006 1 1:58 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0–1 Michael McQuade KO (punches) Ring of Combat 9 October 29, 2005 1 0:16 Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Draw 1–0–1 Jason Dublin Draw CZ 7: Gravel Pit July 10, 2004 2 5:00 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Ron Stallings Submission (guillotine choke) RF 4: Reality Fighting 4 July 19, 2003 1 0:43 Asbury Park, NJ, United States

Exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 George Roop Submission (kimura) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Episode-12 June 2008 1 2:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Became TUF 8: Finalist
Win 2–0 Dave Kaplan Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Episode-8 June 2008 1 1:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1–0 Joe Duarte Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir Episode-1 May 2008 2 1:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Kali (martial art)
  3. ^ "Phillipe Nover Earns Black Belt from Alexandre "Soca" Freitas". December 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  4. ^ Nover, Phillipe (November 22, 2008). "Phillipe Nover". Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  5. ^ Wong, Selina (2008-09-17). "TUF Questions: Phillipe Nover". Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  6. ^ Morgan, John (2008-11-05). "Episode No. 8 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir"". Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Phillipe Nover Returns Against Rob Emerson at UFC 109 in February". October 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  8. ^ "UFC 98 RESULTS AND PLAY-BY-PLAY & PHOTOS". May 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  9. ^ Csonka, Larry (September 16, 2009). "Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout Off Of UFC Fight Night 19". Retrieved September 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ "ROB EMERSON VS. PHILLIPE NOVER AT UFC 109". Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  11. ^ "UFC-109-Results-and-Live-Play-by-Play". Retrieved 2013-03-23. 
  12. ^ "Mark Coleman Released By UFC After UFC 109 Loss; Phillipe Nover and Tim Hague Also Cut". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  13. ^ "Phillipe Nover Set To Make Return To The Cage". Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  14. ^ "Bellator 59 Results and Play-by-Play". Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  15. ^ Anton tabuena (2015-02-16). "Phillipe Nover returns to the UFC, faces Nam Yui Chul in Manila". Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  16. ^ ""TUF8" finalist Phillipe Nover awarded Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt". 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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