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'TUF 8' finalist Phillipe Nover gets Black Belt in BJJ

Phillipe Nover, who will face Efrain Escudero in the lightweight finals of "The Ultimate Fighter 8," was awarded his black black in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on Saturday.

Nover, who was promoted by Alexandre "Soca" Freitas, commented on and posted a video of the promotion on his blog.

"It has been a long journey and I have finally arrived," Nover wrote. "I've been training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for over 8 years. To me, obtaining a black belt brings the art to full circle. I will continue to train just as hard as I have been and will strive to the top. Thank you to all my training partners and teachers, especially 'Soca' for believing in me! I only hope to make you all proud next week and bring home victory! I will keep this fire in me burning. My time is now!"

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