Phillipe Nover retires from fighting at 33 to focus on healing others

Thursday, February 16, 2017

“The Filipino Assassin” Phillipe Nover began fighting in 2003, and went without a loss his first six fights, winning the Ring of Combat lightweight championship. That got him into TUF 8, where he won three in a row, eventually losing to Efrain Escudero in the finals.

That got him a UFC contract, but he lost the next two and was released. Nover regrouped, fighting for ROC and Bellator among others, going 5-2, and got another UFC contract. There he went just 1-3, all decisions and three of them Split Decisions.

Now 33 and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Nover apparently determined he was not going to get much better and the future lay elsewhere. He made the official announcement via his social network.

“I want to thank the UFC, Dana White, and Sean Shelby for giving me a second chance at my dreams as a fighter,” he wrote. “I’m officially retiring from MMA. A big thanks to my teammates and coaches over the years, as well as my supportive family and friends. I’ll be moving on to focus on many other things in my life. It was an amazing run and I’m glad I tried my best at it.”

Unlike some fighters, Nover has a career. He studied nursing at Kingsborough Community College and completed his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The Registered Nurse is a Cardiac Invasive Specialist, and now plans to further his education.

“I’ll be starting school for my masters degree to become a Nurse Practitioner,” he tweeted. “Time to focus on my future.”

In a sport that can take your marbles away, it is great to see someone gathering more. The UnderGround offers Phillipe Nover great respect for his acomplishments, and wishes every success in the future.