By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau
June 19, 2013
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – A nurse by day and a fighter at night. Philippe Nover is called the “Filipino Assasin” and at main event of the Ring of Combat Lightweight Championship in Atlantic City, NJ, he prevailed.
Philippe “Super” Nover of Team Insight won by unanimous decision after 3 rounds, defeating Mike Santiago of team Top Notch.
This is Nover’s fifth win in the Ring of Combat Mixed Martial Arts, catapulting him to number 3 in the Ring of Combat records and MMA streaks.
“It was a tough 3 rounds, it was grueling, lots of wrestling involved, thanks to my corner man who showed me the perfect technique, I prevailed so I’m happy about that,” Nover said.
‘Kababayans’ from as far as Canada came to see him fight. Many of them said Nover’s victory is one bright spot following the recent fall of great Filipino fighters like Nonito Donaire and Manny Pacquiao.
“It feels good to be Filipino again, we’re on the winning stand again. He’s proud to carry our flag and he’s coming from the bottom so it’s amazing,” said fan Vincent Villanis who travelled from Ontario, Canada.
“He got a good strategy, definitely different than just throwing punches,” said his brother, Jonathan Nover.
After battling as a pro for 10 years the fighting nurse said his game plan is to be a smarter fighter as he approaches 30.
“Rather than break my body down, so each training session has goals and I study my opponents as best I can,” he said.
His next plan, a well-deserved break from cage-fighting and saving lives as a nurse in a New York hospital.
“The Philippines is an option, we’ll see,” Nover said, “I’ve been working hard and training and working at the hospital and doing a hundred things but I needed to hit the break a little bit.”