Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saipan in 3 nights

I have to say. My stay in Saipan was short and sweet. I love it there. The treatment from the guys at Gorilla Warfare MMA was superb. Jeff, Norman, and the guys made my stay in Saipan a memorable one.

The Island is pretty small with only about 62,000 people. It was weird for me at first. I've never been to a place like this. Everyone knows each other. But after a few days here I realized I had a good feeling about this. It all felt like family. The people here in Saipan are really tight, laid back, chill, and welcoming. I definitely felt comfortable and at home. Not to mention they really give a lot of respect to fighters. A lot of people here know the UFC like a New Yorker knows the Yankees. I did lots of media here. Newpapers, two radio shows, local tv news, and appearances all over. I even met the Governor Benigno Fitial!

The surroundings here are incredible if you haven't already checked some of my pictures. A lot are breath taking. A big change from the views I get in Brooklyn. And I have to rate the beaches here a 10 out of 10. They're private, clean, and the water is so clear and warm.

I attended the Gorilla Warfare show called Confrontation. I was impressed with a few fighters that really put it out there. Most of the fights didn't make it past the first round. The last few fights were great. I even reffed a fight between two local Saipan guys Mai Thai and Nate. The winner Nate was only 18 years old and had 4 pro fights already. Lots of potential there. John Tuck had a great performance and landed a straight right on my Filipino brother Eduard the Landslide Folayang in only a few seconds. I was hoping to see a longer fight but all the credit to Tuck. Hes got a powerful right cross. I know Landslide will be back and ready to kick butt in his next one.

Overall my trip was just what I needed before I start my official training camp in New York for my fight on February 6th against Rob Emerson. Thank you to all the friends I made in Saipan for your support! I now know I have a home on this little rock in the middle of the Pacific. As MacArthur said "I shall return!"- I sure hope I can. hehe

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sifu Ralph Mitchell's 60th birthday video

It was my teachers 60th birthday a few days ago. Here is a great video that was put together in his honer. Happy birthday Sifu!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Go away cauliflower ear!

Damn cauliflower ear! I, Phillipe Nover for the first time after training
in martial arts for over 15 years started to get symptoms of cauliflower
ear in my left ear. Probably from training wrestling so much. It started
to hurt and I could feel this liquid moving around underneath the
skin on my ear.

For those of you who don't really know what cauliflower ear is. It
occurs from blunt trauma to the ear. The cartilage of the ear has no
other blood supply except that supplied by the overlying skin. When
the skin is pulled from the cartilage, and/or separated from the
cartilage by blood (as with accumulated, localized blood from injury,
called a hematoma) or infection, the cartilage is deprived of
important nutrients. Ultimately, the cartilage dies and the risk of
infection is increased.

Untreated, the ear cartilage begins to contract on itself forming a
shriveled up outer ear classically known as the cauliflower ear

Blood and fluid leak into the space between the cartilage and the
overlying skin. This area is drained and a compression dressing should
be applied for up to 9 days.

Applying this dressing for almost 9 days can be difficult. I drained
my ear and attempted to put magnets on each side of my ear to keep
the two surfaces areas touching. It didn't work and was very painful.
Then I put all sorts of clips and they were all to painful. A training
partner of my told me to use tape. But the tape wouldn't give me that
sort of pressure to keep the area from filling up with fluid again. So
I decided to try something new.

Instead of draining the area over and over, night after night just to have it
fill up again. I took an angiocath (The needle nurses start IVs with)
and I stuck my ear with it. I hit the right spot and let the fluid
leak out. This time however I connected a hep lock (The initial part of
an IV set) to the angiocath. In a sense it was as if I started an IV
lock in my ear. But this time I wanted to make it more of drainage
system for my ear. I also wanted to create a close pressure system. So
I took a 10cc syringe and connected it to the hep lock. I drew back
1.5cc's and taped up the end of the syringe so it will hold a decent
amount of drainage pressure. Keep in mind this is a closed and sterile
system. (Don't try this at home.)

I slept with the thing on and when I woke up more fluid came out. I can not
keep this IV thing on my ear all day long so I had to take it out. And yet
again my ear blew up! Night after night I drained it again.

I finally found something to clip onto my ear that doesn't hurt bad after
I drain it. I use a small portion of a metal finger splint. I would cut
it and bend it to the shape of my ear and wear it. Seems to be working
well for now. I'll let you guys know how It looks in a few days.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

5 Questions and answers from MMASports Mag

1.How old were you when you had your first real fight?
I think I was in the 1st grade so I must have been 6 or 7. A kid named Steve took my lunch so I put him in a head lock and drove him into a desk. He cried and I got in trouble! Don't mess with my food. You'll either get beat up or I'll do something bad to your food. haha

2.What is your favorite food?
I love love love love sushi! I can't live without it. I love eating raw salmon. I love shrimp tempura rolls! I must eat sushi at least 2 to 3 times a week.

3.What was your nick name when you were a kid?
This is hilarious! My dad used to call me "Pookie Rice" because I used to eat a lot of rice when I was young. I guess he used the word pookie because it sounds cute. It also means something bad in Filipino. I used to be a really cute kid. Now... I don't know what happened.

4.Who is your favorite superhero and why?
The incredible Hulk! He is the man! Don't ever piss him off. He's so powerful he'll rip your limbs right out of there sockets! I like the green color too.

5.If you weren't fighting for a profession, what would you be doing? I'm being at Coney Island Hospital giving some poor old women an enema! lol. I'd be working as a nurse. Which I still do once a week.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tristate MMA seminar photos

TSMMA BJJ in Milford PA

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Help Typhoon Ondoy victims

Do something to help Typhoon Ondoy victims. Check out the Philippine Red Cross page! My heart goes out to the familys who lost there homes and loved ones. Donate what you can. Food, money, clothing, medicine, or even your time.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reflections on yesterdays event

I just arrived back home in New York. I'm doing fine. Physically my body feels great. Mentally I have been on this roller coaster of emotions. Angry, upset, sad, overwhelmed, and finally relieved with the whole incident. I trained so hard for the fight, made the sacrifices, and I wasn't even able to perform. Every fighter knows it's the worst feeling not having control of the situation and having the fight canceled just a few hours before show down can feel even worse then losing.

I was totally apologetic to Dana White, Joe Silva, the fans, my team, and to Sam Stout as well. I felt as if it was my fault. Even though I know it wasn't, I still felt guilty for some reason. I felt as though someone else could have fought and I took up the slot and was useless. All these thoughts cross my mind, The truth is I couldn't control the situation. My body for some crazy odd reason needed to shut down at that very moment. Even though I view myself as this super healthy athlete who eats right and exercises all day long. There is something wrong with me which I have no control of,. In fact as soon as I woke up from the “seizure, breakdown, syncpal episode” I declared I was alright and I'm ok to fight. I remember the doctors surrounding me with there heads moving side to side. Whispering things in each others ears and I knew what they were saying. “He's not ok to fight. I just won't approve it.” That's when I really felt like shit. I wasn't making the decisions, the doctors were.

Looking back on it. It was the safest thing to do from the commissioners point of view. They were simply looking out for the safety of the fighters and after an episode like that. They surely won't let me fight. “Lets say that shit happened while you were in the cage fighting already. Let's say Sam hit you once and you collapsed and starting seizing.” -My corner was whispering in my ear. They were all right. But I'd like everyone to know I would have fought if they let me, Even if it wasn't considered the smartest thing. Even if I could have have passed out in the cage. I would have fought till every bone and muscle in my body stopped moving. I guess that's how stubborn fighters like myself are.

I obviously wound up not fighting and went to St. Anthony's ER instead to get worked up. The doctor declare my diagnosis as a syncopal episode and hyperglycemia. He also stated I needed further evaluation with a specialist. Perhaps a follow up an EEG test with a neurologist and a follow up exam with my primary doctor for diabetes.

I returned from the ER to the Cox Convention center to sit and watch the fights as a spectator about midway through the event. I sat there alone and watched and I had so many thoughts running through my mind. Why are you doing this? Look at what just happened. You lost your last two. Now you possibly had a god damn fucking seizure. Maybe you're over doing it. Maybe you should just stick to nursing. I had a lot of negative thoughts about fighting while sitting there. Putting my mother and father through all sorts of stress, getting a bad call from Yves Levine, losing the finale, old injures, quitting my job, and the list kept growing, Then I paused for a second and looked up at one of giant screens they had set up in the convention center and watched this video. Its a highlight reel of various fighters with the song Teenage Wasteland playing by Baba O'Reilly.

Here is the song played at UFC 88. They play it at most of the UFC events.

After watching that, goose bumps grew all over my arms. I saw a compilation of fight clips and different fighters do there thing. I saw it. I saw the glory. I saw Forest Griffin run across the cage smiling after he choked Shogun. I saw Anderson Silva raise his arms sitting on the top of the fence. I saw what it feels like to win. That's why I need this. I need the feeling of winning back in my heart. I need and I want it. Nothing beats that feeling and I'm going to get it. All those negative thoughts of fighting disappeared and I was back! I felt it in my blood and in my gut. This is what I must do, I want to be a fighter, I want to feel victory. I don't care what the costs are. I will try again. Fall seven time only to rise an eighth!

I continued to watch the rest of the fights. I saw Tim Credeur and Nate Quarry battle with every bit of energy they had. They left it in all the cage. I saw Jake Ellenberger and Carlos Condit back and forth battle. I saw these two warriors willing to put everything on the line for that glory. For the win. Fighting inch by inch! The blood dripping from each others faces and the sound of leather gloves smacking the body. I thought to myself. What a spectacular event. What a sport! I need this! I love this!

I must be smart about this. I'm on this medical mission to see whats wrong with me, What went wrong that night? The major question I have for myself is. What can I do to prevent that from ever happening again? That's what I have to figure out in the next few days. Then I'll be back 100% just like that beast you saw on the show.

In this blog I'd like to thank a lot of people. Dana White and Joe Silva are at the top of my list for being so generous and providing me with the show money and win money. They didn't need to provide me with a single penny.. When I found this out I literally broke down in tears of joy. Every up and coming full time professional fighter knows that each check counts! When I approach Dana to thank him his exact words were “We only care about your health. Get better and so we can get you back in that cage!” When I approach Joe to thank him later that evening. He said “Don't you worry Phillipe. We take care of our guys. It wasn't your fault.” My hat goes off to the UFC. Thanks for taking care of me.

I would also like to thank my team, my family, and my friends for helping me prepare for this fight and helping me with this health issue. I know I wasn't able to perform but they are still proud of me. Nardu Debrah, Sifu Ralph Mitchell, Clarence Everette, Alexander “Soca” Freitas, Tyron Credle, John Beneduce, Dave Branch, Luise Levine, all the guys from team Insight, all my teammates at Team Soca BJJ, Renzo Gracie Academy, and Brian Donnelly from Aviator Sports and Recreation. Thanks Jonathan, Fox, Pete, and Christan for coming down and showing support!

I would also like to show special thanks to the ER staff at St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma. They were an excellent team. They worked together and had me feeling very comfortable in no time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'm good and healthy. Thanks for the support!

Thanks for all the concern from my friends and fans on my health. Let me explain the situation that occurred this evening. I'll start off by saying there's nothing to worry about at this time. My health is great. I feel incredible and I am in peak tip top shape.My weight cut was only about 8 or 9 pounds overall. I dieted as usual for the cut. The weigh-ins were great. I felt good and healthy the whole time here in Oklahoma.Fight day I woke up and ate as usual and again felt fine. I was in the convention center back stage with my corner. All if a sudden I told my trainer Ralph that I wasn't feeling to good. I told him I'm going to sit down and I took my headphones off. That's the last thing I remember until waking up on the floor. Apparently my body stiffened up and I lost consciousness. At that point the Oklahoma commission's doctors came over and asked me a bunch of questions. Next thing I was interview by a few EMTs and the doctors called fight off.I really can't explain what went wrong. I wound up going to the ER here and the doctor said everything is normal blood, urine, and CT of my head. The only thing abnormal is my blood sugar being high. But that could be from eating so much in the last 24 hrs after the weigh-ins. I was so devastated I couldn't fight that I broke out in tears. But the fact of the matter is I should take care of this problem and see what's wrong with me so it will never happen again. My health is my only concern. I know I'll be back to fight. I'm still looking forward to the fight with Stout. I have to see what's wrong with me first and I'll be back on the road for the next one. Thanks for all your support. I'll keep you all posted.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Time to fight!!!!

The time has come finally. I'll be fighting a very tough and experienced Sam Stout on Sept 16th on UFN 19 in Oklahoma. I've been training hard for the past few weeks. I got the call to fight around 5 pm Tuesday. I immediately said yes. This will be a true test of my skill. I'm taking the fight on only a 4 week notice. Which Practicality means only 21 to 24 days of actual training camp. I respect Stout as a fighter and I've trained with him before. I really need to get in that cage already and fight! The time has come! I'm so focused! I'm so ready! Lets do this!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Like a champion super-Nover, here comes The Filipino Assassin

Latest UFC article by Chuck Mindenhall

Article by : By Frederick Alain Docdocil

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My next bout!

I just want to let everyone know I'll be fighting on May 23rd at UFC 98 against Kyle Bradley! Thanks for all your support. I hope to see some of you guys in Vegas at the fight.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I'll being teaching in New York!

I'll be teaching at the Budokan Marital Arts Academy (123 Rockaway Ave Valley Stream N.Y. ) starting February. Every Saturday from 1 to 2 pm. Space is limited so sign up ASAP. The class will focus on no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All levels welcome!

Check out the site...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Almost coming back to New York

Hi guys. I'm here in the Philippines still just relaxing. It has been an amazing trip and I'm so happy I came. I went to a few places which I really enjoyed. The historical Island of Coriggidor, Dos Palmas in Palawan and the Underground river, Batangas, and a few more. I was almost attacked by a pack of wild monkeys in Palawan and the high tide nearly forced our boat to flip! Don't worry I've only sustained only a few cuts and bruises and made it home safely.

I spent plenty of time with family which I think I enjoyed the most. I'll be back very soon in just a few days. Its back to training for me!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

What have I been up to?

A lot of people have been asking me what I've been up to and what is coming up in the near future for Phillipe Nover. Well let me give everyone the low down. Since losing the finale I came back home and have pretty much been relaxing, kicking back, and enjoying the holiday season like a normal person. I put on a few pounds and took down the training sessions to about 3 to 4 sessions a week. I feel comfortable training a bit heavier. I also think I needed to do more relaxing than training in the start of the new year. What are my plans for 09? We'll first off I'm heading to the Philippines to visit some family and possibly train a bit out there. I can fight as early as March or April in the UFC but nothing is definite until I have an opponent lined up. When I come back from the Philippines, I'll be picking up my training at 8 to 10 sessions a week as usual. Thanks for checking in on me guys.