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Exclusive Video Interview: ‘TUF 8′ Finalist Phillipe Nover

This afternoon I got a chance to meet up with The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight finalist Phillipe "The Filipino Assassin" Nover at Fighthouse in New York City. (Coincidentally, this is the gym where I’ve been taking Muay Thai lessons for the last two months. So yeah, I guess you could say I’m pretty badass.) Anyway, Nover was cool enough to chat with me about his match-up with Efrain Escudero at the TUF 8 finale next Saturday, working as a registered nurse, living without bathroom privacy as a reality TV star, and his official prediction for Bader vs. Vinny; he also had a special shout-out for his Filipino fans. Later, he hit pads and rolled with a couple guys from his Team Insight crew, and tried to stay loose despite the fact that we were surrounded by a bunch of dudes with sniper rifles and one guy who was, no shit, wearing a terrorist-style dynamite vest (proof at the end of the video). Never a dull moment at Fighthouse. Thanks to Spike TV for the invite.


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Da Truth- December 8, 2008 at 12:47 am
Keep It Real! Nover rocks but he is never gunna "roll over" Sherk or Florian...this weight division is stacked with talent and he would be best to take it easy at the start instead of acruing a losing record...
walrus- December 7, 2008 at 8:59 pm
New York -- down

Chicago -- up
Emo Sux- December 7, 2008 at 8:11 pm
sooooo... whats with the senior citizens holding rifles (at 5:58)???
Dagnut- December 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Florian is a douche? since when? what fights have you been watching this year because I saw him beat 3 guys convincingly..I suppose Huerta ia a douche aswell is he?
IMO florain was one of the fighters of 08 @32 he has up'd his skills has great cardio and seems to be out thinking his opponents..he won't beat penn but who will
Bliz- December 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm
Nover was one of the guys i actally like on the show and im glad to see him make it to the finals. Anyone else notice that most of the lightweights are assholes? Junie, Kaplan, Junie, the prick who gaveup against Junie to first let him on the show,Junie. I mean, normally you got one or two but five? Junie counts as three of course, adding in the dochebg to stupid blonde reality tv star wanna be ratio.
Me- December 7, 2008 at 9:33 am
Not likely OneHump, for so, so many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that we are talking about BJ Penn here. But to schedule him against 2 top guys in a division that is packed after just a TUF final win, then give him a title shot?

No, it's not far fetched... it's ludicrous.

For the record, Florian is no pushover... or a douche.
OneHump- December 6, 2008 at 7:11 pm
This guy is going to kill. He is the un-Junie and is everything the sport needs to move in the right direction. No doubt that we'll see Nover/Penn in the next nine months? Won't be so far fetched once he rolls over douchebags like Sherk and Kenflo.
PotatoHead- December 6, 2008 at 11:11 am
Great interview, Ben... two 1st-Class guys really representing the sport well.
Kevin Fry- December 6, 2008 at 10:52 am
Ben G def. Kevin Ferguson at K-1 World Grand Prix 2011 via Submission: Punishment, by way of cutting scarcasam ;)
Dagnut- December 6, 2008 at 10:22 am
Expect this guy to be a star..not only is he talented but the UFC has a huge market in the Philippines and he will be groomed for success....and he deserves it.
Me- December 6, 2008 at 9:46 am
Just stop dropping that right hand during those combos and it'll be a great fight. Liked both these guys in the house so I'm cool with either winning.
Pinoyassasin- December 6, 2008 at 8:39 am
mabuhay ka! kaibigan! im proud to be a pinoy!!!
Joe T- December 5, 2008 at 8:59 pm
you said it GVD, fainted?...and now wins?....
gvd- December 5, 2008 at 8:48 pm
Seems like a cool dude. Who would have thought the guy who fainted in the first episode would go on to the finals. I really have to stop judging people too fast.
John Kimble- December 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm
Damn son, i knew you were too educated to not be from new york. I'll have to stop by some time.
Pete- December 5, 2008 at 5:07 pm
Phillipe is great for the sport. He has an ever-growing arsenal of skills and conducts himself like a true professional. I wish him luck and think he will do some great things in the sport.
Fenix- December 5, 2008 at 4:21 pm
Seems like an all around good and respectful guy. I can't wait for this fight. I have no favorite. Either one will make a great TUF winner rep.
Gaylord "The Filipino Assassin" Fawker- December 5, 2008 at 4:12 pm
I got a 97% on my MCAT, I swear!
B- December 5, 2008 at 3:35 pm
No shit... I was born at Methodist and went to school across the street from Coney Island lol.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm
"Fat a little jacket...wearing a bomb vest..."

Mabuhay- December 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm
Way to represent Phillipe! You conducted yourself quite well in the house, and you give your kababayans much to be proud of. Good luck agains Efrain, your countrymen will be rooting for you!