The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 finalist Phillipe Nover earns his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Alexandre “Soca” Freitas, according to his personal blog. Soca an Abu Dhabi champion, runs the Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Long Island, New York.
My teacher Soca gave me my black belt today. It has been a long journey and I have finally arrived. 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 will take on Efrain Escudero at the TUF 8 Finale on December 13 from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.