The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight finalist Phillipe Nover, who has recently drawn comparisons to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, was awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt on December 6th by Abu Dhabi champion Alexandre “Soca” Freitas.
Nover announced the accomplishment on Saturday on his blog.
“My teacher Soca gave me my black belt today. It has been a long journey and I have finally arrived,” wrote Nover on his blog. “I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for over 8 years. To me, obtaining a black belt brings the art to full circle. I will continue to train just as hard as I have been and will strive to the top. Thank you to all my training partners and teachers, especially Soca for believing in me! I only hope to make you all proud next week and bring home victory! I will keep this fire in me burning. My time is now!
Nover meets fellow TUF 8 lightweight finalist Efrain Escudero on Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale for the season’s 155-pound tournament title.
Finally, here’s a video of Nover being awarded his belt: