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Phillipe Nover returns to the UFC, faces Nam Yui Chul in Manila

Phillipe Nover has retured to the UFC after almost 5 years outside the organization. He will face Nam Yui Chul in Manila.

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After winning three straight bouts outside the Octagon, Phillipe Nover (10-5-1) has returned to the UFC. The Filipino-American fighter will be making a homecoming of sorts as he begins his second stint with the UFC on the promotion's first trip to the Philippines.

He will have a tough task ahead of him though as he faces a top Korean fighter in Yui Chul Nam (18-4). The news was first reported by Milan Ordonez of ABS-CBN Sports, stating that the two fighters will be dropping down a weight class each for this featherweight contest.

Nover was a contestant from The Ultimate Fighter 8, and received a fair amount of hype from Dana White during the show. He wasn't able to live up to the unfair comparisons that were made, but he will get another chance to make a name for himself inside the Octagon. After taking a break from Mixed Martial Arts, Nover got his 4th win in his last 5 bouts last January.

'The Korean Bulldozer' on the other hand, has won 5-straight, including an impressive win at UFC: Singapore which won him a Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts. Prior to joining the UFC last year, Nam was the Road FC lightweight champ and has wins over highly regarded prospects such as Takasuke Kume and Vuyisile Colossa.

More bouts are expected to be finalized and announced soon, but check out the current line up for UFC Fight Night: Manila so far:

- Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber
- Tae Hyun Bang vs. Jon Tuck
- Phillipe Nover vs. Nam Yui Chul
- Zhang Lipeng vs. Kajan Johnson
- Li Jiangliang vs. Roger Zapata
- Jon Delos Reyes vs. Roldan Sangcha-an
- Yao Zhikui vs. Nolan Ticman