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You almost didn’t get to see more Nick Denis

Good news! Everyone’s favorit Ninja of Love, Nick Denis, will have his UFC on FOX 3 bout against Roland Delorme show on Facebook. FUEL has been doing a good job of picking up most of the prelims but from time to time a few fights have been getting dropped without the FB treatment. It’d be a shame if that happened to Denis, especially considering how endlessly watchable his last finish was.

What’s funny is we almost didn’t get to see Nick fight at all … ever! The guy was well on his way towards a much brainier career:

UFC bantamweight Nick Denis credits an episode of “Star Trek” for his career path. Not fighting, but biochemistry.

He started at the University of Ottawa as a math and physics student. But hooked on “Star Trek,” he saw an episode where a disease hype-accelerated some on board the Enterprise and Dr. McCoy had to figure it out.

“After that episode, I was like ‘Screw physics. I want to do biochemistry. It’s cool,”‘ Denis said with a laugh.

“I based that decision purely on an episode of TV.”

Denis went on to get a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemistry, electing at the start of 2011 to focus on fighting rather than continue with his PhD studies.

Now he’s putting his brain to a different kind of work. And because we’re all about delving into the origins of our favorite Canadian fighter nicknames today:

His fight nickname came from one of his coaches in Ottawa.

“Fight time I’m serious, like a ninja I guess you could say,” Denis explained. “But in general I’m not a rough guy, I’m not a mean guy, I’m not going to talk trash. I’m just looking to have a good time — so I guess I’m the ninja of love.”

  • Reverend Clint

    lets hope that brain doesnt get liquified like gary goodridge or worse junior seau

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  • AA

    Nick is from my hometown. Represent VVVVVVV!!!

  • Giallo

    Give him a few years and he won’t be able to add or subtract

  • Vanda

    That stupid it like siayng that heavyweight can beat light heavywieght midleweight and etc that true you actuly fell alot less comfortable if you loose weight ( it also harder to do ) then if you gain it if you gain weight it doesnt make much diffrent your the same guy whit just more muscle. While if you take it off you will fell skinny and powerless

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