Does anyone remember Dana White saying the following before this season of The Ultimate Fighter started?
“I was going off when I saw this guy,” White said. “He’s 24 and he’s destroying people. It’s sick how bad ass he is. I’m getting goose bumps talking to you about him.”
He also said it's a LW fighter (155 lbs.). So if you haven't figured it out by now, it's most likely Phillipe Nover that he is talking about. Believe me, I did the research. Nover is 24 and fights out of my home city of Brooklyn, NY (Team Insight). He is a brown belt in BJJ and he could be the second Brooklyn fighter in a row to win The Ultimate Fighter.
He is the only one on the show left that matched the specs that White was talking about. Shane would have been the only other solid guess, but he was defeated by Efrain a few episodes ago.
Nover won his way into the house with a slick rear naked choke. They haven't showed much of him this season besides him fainting in the earlier episodes. He is currently 5-0-1 with three of his wins coming by submission.
If anyone is in the NYC area and would like to go to a viewing party hosted by Phillipe, he posted this on his weekly blog on fiveouncesofpain.com:
"Speaking of next week, come join me on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET in New York for a TUF 8 viewing party that I’m holding at Aviator Sports and Recreation. The place is enormous so bring as many people as you can find! We’ll be hanging out at the sports bar on the second floor so be sure to stop by show your support for 5 Oz.!"
"The bar serves food and the Aviator used to be a hangar for jets—which you’ll see when you drive along the airstrip. There’s even an airplane parked in the front. For more information, just click here for the Aviator’s website. See you there!"