Thirty-three year old “Filipino Assassin” Phillipe Nover (11-8-1) has retired from fighting. The Ultimate Fighter season 8 finalist made the announcement on social media on Wednesday following a split decision loss to Rick Glenn at UFC 208 last week.
“I want to thank the UFC, Dana White, and Sean Shelby for giving me a second chance at my dreams as a fighter,” Nover stated. “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.”
In 2008 an undefeated Nover was cast for the TUF 8 lightweight tournament and scored submission wins over David Kaplan and George Roop before dropping a decision to Efrain Escudero in the finals. After a trio of losses in the octagon, Nover was released from the promotion and returned to the regional circuit.
Between 2011-2013 Nover fought for various promotions and went 2-1 under the Bellator banner while picking up wins over Derrick Kennington and Darrell Horcher. In June 2013 Nover won the Ring of Combat Lightweight Championship via decision over Mike Santiago. Another win in Ring of Combat in January 2015 put him back on the UFC’s radar and he resigned with the promotion later that year as a featherweight.
Nover returned for his second stint inside the octagon in May 2015 and won a split decision over Yui Chui Nam in the Philippines. It would be his first and only UFC win. A full time Registered Nurse, Nover plans to return to school for his master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner.