Pinoy MMA fighter aims for Manila UFC fight

NEW YORK CITY – Former UFC fighter Philippe “Super” Nover has many reasons to celebrate.

It’s his 31st birthday today and he was recently named the “Ring of Combat” East Coast Champion in the Lightweight Division in Atlantic City.

The bout was stopped after more than a minute into round two by submission via rear-naked choke, defeating Dan Cion.

It’s the “Filipino Assassin’s” third straight win in the last two years.

Nover said, “My last two fights I’ve been finishing guys. I even fought a guy named Darrell Horcher who’s a great win for me. He was undefeated. His record is 10 and 1. I’m his only loss and I think the UFC is going to sign him.”

The Ring of Combat is home to future stars of MMA.

Nover competed for the UFC early in his career. But after suffering three losses and a neck injury that required surgery, he lost his UFC contract.

Now Nover says he is ready to go back inside the octagon cage in the first ever UFC fight in Manila scheduled on May 16.

“I’m probably one of the first MMA fighters to hit the scene with Filipino heritage that represented like I did,” Nover said. “I’m more than deserving at this point. My skill levels are the highest they’ve ever been. I’m on a tear as far as my winds and I will put on a good performance.”

A petition is also making its rounds online to bring Nover back to the UFC.

Nover said, “I dreamed about this moment, years ago and and it’s possibly coming to life. I mean, it’s a dream come true.”

There is no guarantee, but this Fil-Am registered nurse by day and MMA fighter by night is hoping that UFC President Dana White will give him this chance of a lifetime.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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