Brooklyn-born Phillipe Nover eyes another hometown victory like he did in Manila.
It’s always a very special moment for a fighter to compete in his hometown. So much more for UFC featherweight Phillipe Nover as he gets to do it in the two places close to his heart.
After making a successful Octagon return last 2015 in Manila, “The Filipino Assassin” now gets the chance to fight in the place of his birth in Brooklyn for UFC 208. To him, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity which he plans to make the most.
“This is the first time that the UFC is coming to Brooklyn and I’ve been fighting in mixed martial arts for so many years. And this is actually fourteen years I’ve been fighting and I’ve never had the chance to fight in my hometown and here’s the first opportunity, the biggest opportunity.” Phillipe shares with Dojo Drifter in a phone interview.
“I actually live a mile away from the Barclays Center where the fight is gonna be happening and this is a dream come true. I fought in Manila in 2015 and I’m like I’ll be able to fight in Brooklyn so pretty much I achieved a lot of my dreams that I’ve never thought that I could just through hard work, patience and I was able to do it.”
The Filipino-American Nover is coming off back-to-back tough losses since defeating Nam Yui Chul to start his second stint with the promotion. However, he is determined to end that in Brooklyn. The 33-year old fighter looks to win not only for himself, but for fellow Brooklynites against Rick Glenn.
“I think I performed best under pressure. I’m coming off a loss against Renan Barao and before that, a split decision loss to a tough Russian, Chenchenian fighter, Zubaira Tukhugov.” He said, “But that’s the past and I’m looking forward to the future and I think that after every loss, I come back stronger and I’m a mature fighter. I’m experienced and I think that the challenge of my next opponent, Rick Glenn, I think that I have what it takes to beat him.”
Even with the hometown crowd on his side, Nover knows his opponent is to be taken seriously to get the all-important win. He knows that despite Glenn’s recent loss at the hands of Evan Dunham in his promotion debut, “The Gladiator” is a gamer. The former WSOF 145-pound champ stood toe-to-toe with Dunham despite taking the fight on a two-weeks notice, taking Fight of the Night honors for his effort.
“I think he’s gonna try to prove that he belongs to the UFC and he’s gonna do it against me so I’m prepared to see the best Rick Glenn out there.”
Nover adds, “I followed his career as well for a few years. I’ve watched him fight live in World Series of Fighting, he’s a former world champion there and I think he’s a good challenge for me and I really think that I’m gonna beat him. I have what it takes, he’s a tough, tall southpaw with kind of unorthodox striking and he’s pretty well rounded too. He’s got ground game and stuff but I’ve seen it all. I think that I’m gonna beat him and I’m gonna crush him.”
Phillipe plans to make the most of fighting in UFC’s first trip Brooklyn. He promises not only an exciting fight, but one that is worth remembering.
“You’re gonna see me at my best. Every fight feel like I performed better and better, it’s gonna be a fan-pleasing performance. I think people are gonna be up there cheering and it’s gonna be an exciting fight. I’m looking to get a bonus and I’m looking for a big finish, I can’t wait to do it.”