Brooklyn’s Phillipe Nover announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Wednesday.
The former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist and long-time UFC veteran made the announcement on his Instagram account four days after losing at UFC 208 in his hometown.
“I want to thank the UFC, Dana White, and Sean Shelby for giving me a second chance at my dreams as a fighter. I’m officially retiring from MMA,” wrote Nover, 33. “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.
Nover (12-8-1) reached the finale of Season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” losing to Efrain Escudero in December of 2008. He lost his next two UFC bouts then was released from the promotion.
He then won five of his next seven bouts in Bellator, Ring of Combat and other smaller promotions before re-signing with the UFC in 2015.
In his first fight back with the UFC, Nover beat Yui Chul Nam 66 in the Philippines. Nover, born and raised in Brooklyn, is of Filipino descent and used to fight under the nickname “The Filipino Assassin” before changing it to “Super.”
Nover lost his last three fights in the UFC, all by decision, including last Saturday to Rick Glenn at the Barclays Center.
Throughout his fighting career, Nover continued to work as a nurse in the five boroughs. He tweeted Wednesday that he plans to pursue his Master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner. “Time,” he wrote, “to focus on my future.”