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Video: Phillipe Nover still a registered nurse, talks 'bumpy road' to UFC stardom

"I am a registered nurse and as hard as I've been pursuing my martial arts career, I believe it's important to have that backbone. God forbid, you have something to fall back on. Not only does it give me something to fall back on, I've actually been really successful at it. I've been a nurse for 10 years and I have a great job, I work in a major city Brooklyn hospital. I work in a specialty area, cardiac catheterization, and I even got certified, I'm a cardiac invasive specialist, so I studied a lot for this. I'm balancing both careers, but I love doing both, somehow. It's a balancing act."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Phillipe Nover, who was cut from the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion after failing to live up to the hype from his stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8, got a second chance at UFC "Super" stardom when the organization brought him back for UFC Fight Night 66 last May in the Philippines. Nover (11-5-1) captured a split-decision win over Yui Chul Nam and now looks to make it two in a row when he collides with Zubaira Tukhugov next month on UFC Fight Pass (details). Anyone think the 31-year-old Brooklynite can make a run at the 145-pound title?

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