Nover escapes with split decision win against Nam

Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Fil-American fighter Phillipe Nover survived a late charge by Korean Nam Yui-Chul to finally notch a win in the UFC in front of his home country crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena during the UFC Fight Night on Saturday night.

Nover turned up the heat early on, taking down Nam four times in the first round and dominated him in the said period.

Nover again took the game to the ground early into the second round, but Nam stepped up late and finished the round with some solid strikes.

Nam continued to impose his striking prowess at Nover early into Round 3, but Nover scored two more takedowns on Nam and nearly forced him to submission.

Two judges scored identical 29-28 cards to Nover, while another had Nam winning, 29-28.

After an impressive start to his MMA career, Nover gave UFC a try in 2008. He, however, suffered three straight defeats in his initial run with the promotion.

A blistering winning run in the independent circuit convinced the UFC to give him another shot at glory there.