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Former UFC Fighter Phillipe Nover Takes a Crack at Muay Thai

Former runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter's eighth season and UFC fighter Phillipe Nover has been quiet of late. His UFC record of 0-3 made him think long and hard about where his career is going and what to do. Nover returned to nursing full time while training part time, and it looks like Nover has aspirations to return to the ring and fight, but not what you'd think. Instead of returning to MMA immediately, Nover is looking to fight in some Muay Thai fights in his home of New York first. MuayThaiAuthority.com has the story.

 

Nover began working his Muay Thai with Jason Straut at Church Street Boxing Gym and what better way to return to combat sports than by showcasing his skills on New York’s premier Muay Thai promotion, Friday Night Fights. Despite being known for his stand up skills in the MMA world Nover admits that he has only had one fight that was stand up only, and that was an underground fight in Brooklyn. Although he is only focusing on his stand up he admits it isn’t any easier. “The particulars you have to get use to” such as the different clinches, and sweeps which keep things interesting. Despite being focused on a Muay Thai fight Nover is still training his entire arsenal as he plans to make a run at the UFC again.

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Armen Petrosyan vs. Warren Stevelmans on June 11 in Rome

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On June 11 in Rome, Italy, KickBoxing International and Oktagon present a card main evented by Giorgio Petrosyan's brother, Armen Petrosyan vs. Warren Stevelmans.

Armen Petrosyan is coming off the biggest win of his career over Yoshihiro Sato and he'll look to continue his recent success when he takes on Warren Stevelmans. Stevelmans is coming off a win over Mohammed Medhar on March 6th for It's Showtime. He'll look to start a winning streak with a win over Armen.

Armen Petrosyan is the younger brother of Giorgio Petrosyan. He fights much more aggressively than his older brother. While not as good as Giorgio (Who is?), Armen is a very good fighter and Dave Walsh and myself had him just right outside the Middleweight top 10 at #11. Giorgio has fought and beaten Stevelmans before so Armen should be well prepared.

Warren Stevelmans trains out of the Vos Gym under Ivan Hippolyte. Despite being around kickboxing for a long time now, Stevelmans is still only 28. One of the toughest fighters around, Stevelmans is incredibly hard to stop having been stopped only once by Chahid Oulad El Hadj.

This should be a great fight and it adds to the list of big fights on June 11. It's Showtime will be in Poland on the same day and Jerome Le Banner will be taking on Stefan Leko also. It'll be another good weekend of kickboxing.

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Photo of the Day: RENA and Ai Takahashi Rematch in ShootBoxing

While there are debates ongoing in the United States MMA world about the state of female fighters now that Zuffa owns Strikeforce, in Japan ShootBoxing is committed to bringing women's fights to the masses. In just a few days, ShootBoxing's third card of the year will take place and one of the feature fights is a rematch from last year between RENA and Ai Takahashi. The photo below if from that bout, as there is recent talk in the press about the two women getting into a war of words, with Takahashi bringing up RENA's recent loss to a high school student.

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If you are wondering who supports RENA, look no further as a group of Junior High students have shown their love for RENA, from RENA's official blog.

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Watch Previews for It's Showtime 50 and 51

It's Showtime has shown absolutely no sign of slowing down in the coming months, after running a blistering number of shows already in the first half of the year. In just a few weeks It's Showtime will run two more shows, June 11th from Warsaw and June 18th from Madrid. So to go along with that pair of shows, we have a pair of awesome hype videos from the team at It's Showtime.

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