Sports Phillipe Nover could up his frequency with good showing vs. Zubaira Tukhugov Brooklyn's Phillipe Nover, right, fights Rob Emerson at 155 pounds at UFC 109 in Las Vegas on Feb. 6, 2010. Photo Credit: UFC Photo By Mark La Monica firstname.lastname@example.org @LaMonicaMark December 9, 2015 1:14 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email LAS VEGAS – Long-time fans of the UFC and “The Ultimate Fighter” should remember the name Phillipe Nover. He was the kid from Brooklyn with the unique backstory of being a registered nurse. He reached the Season 8 finale of “TUF” in 2008. Seven years later, he’s still fighting in mixed martial arts, he still works full time at Brooklyn Hospital and he’s still in the UFC (after a five-year absence). “Occasionally, you do get patients who want to snap a picture with me,” Nover said. “‘I can’t believe my nurse is Nover, he’s in the UFC, this is crazy.’ I get that about once every couple of months.” A good showing Thursday could up that frequency. Nover, 31, fights Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC Fight Night 80 at The Cosmopolitan. Nover (12-5-1) called his return to the UFC “a dream come true to be back.” He made his return last May when “The Filipino Assassin” won a split decision over Yui Chul Nam in the UFC’s first card in Manila in the Philippines. It was his first official win in the UFC. Nover’s life is a balancing act as he progresses in both of his careers. “I’m not only pursing my career in fighting, I’m also trying to pursue and secure my career in nursing,” Nover said. “Fighting is my passion, it’s always been my passion. As far as its stability and future, it probably doesn’t have the brightest future unless you’re the champion. I’m gunning to be the champion, to be in the top 10, but you have to have the backbone and something to fall back on.” By Mark La Monica email@example.com @LaMonicaMark Mark La Monica is the deputy sports editor for cross-media at Newsday. He also covers mixed martial arts. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.