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Phillipe Nover: 'I think Barao is really a 135'er and he just doesn't want to cut the weight'

Bloody Elbow's Eddie Mercado spoke with New York City nurse and TUF Season 8 finalist Phillipe "Super" Nover ahead of his UFC Fight Night 95 bout with former bantamweight champion Renan Barao on September 24, 2016.

TUF 8 runner-up and New York City registered nurse, Phillipe Nover, is set for the biggest fight of his professional MMA career, as he is slated to tangle with the former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night 95 on September 24, 2016. Bloody Elbow's Eddie Mercado caught up with the dual professional Nover to discuss balancing his two careers and find out about his thoughts on Barao.

Interview: Phillipe "Super" Nover UFC Fight Night 95 **AUDIO ONLY**

Along with being a UFC fighter, Phillipe Nover is also a fulltime registered nurse in New York City:

"I'm a full time registered nurse; I'm certified in cardiac cath. I work in a pretty intense environment. I assist interventional cardiologists. We put stents in people's hearts. I do that full time and along with that I'm training everyday. Before work, after work, during work I'm always training so I have no excuses. I'm always grinding, man."

Nover's knack for nursing has its perks, such as access to all sorts of medical professionals:

"I got into nursing because a few reasons but I love the human body and learning about the human body; nutrition, healing, anatomy, physiology. Now that I've been a nurse for over 10 years now, I work with some of the best people in the world who know about the human body. I have full access to whatever I need. 'Hey doc, I need your opinion about this. Or, I think my foot might be...' as an MMA fighter I always have tons of stuff bothering me, and every fighter knows that. So at least I definitely have access to all the medical professionals that I need and I can give a good opinion on even my own body when I have symptoms."

Nover thinks his opponent Renan Barao is going to struggle in the featherweight division:

"He's the best in the world at what he does... What's crazy is I'm a fan of his too before this. I even went to watch him live when he fought in Newark... I think his striking is great and he's a super well rounded guy. Super well rounded guy... In his last fight, he shot in a lot. He failed a couple takedowns. I think he might have some issues in the 145 division dealing with a guy like Jeremy Stephens, who I think is not that big of a 45'er. I think I'm bigger than Jeremy. I think Barao is really a 135'er and he just doesn't want to cut the weight, which is fine, so he's going to fight a bigger guy who is longer and taller and stronger and that's going to be me."

To watch Phillipe Super Nover take on the former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao, check out UFC Fight Night 95 from Brasilia, Brazil on September 24, 2016. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for all of your news, updates, and event coverage!