Nova União (mixed martial arts)
|Founded by||Andre Pederneiras
|Current titleholders||Marlon Sandro featherweight King of Pancrase (Pancrase)145 lb (66 kg)
Jose Aldo featherweight champion (UFC) 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Thales Leites Superior Challenge middleweight champion 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Eduardo Dantas Bellator bantamweight champion 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
|Past titleholders||BJ Penn Lightweight Champion (UFC 2007-2010)155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st) Wagnney Fabiano featherweight champion (IFL 2007-2008) 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Vitor Ribeiro welterweight champion (Shooto) 154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st); lightweight champion (Cage Rage) 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Luis Ramos middleweight champion (Shooto) 168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
|Prominent fighters||Thales Leites (MFC)
Wagnney Fabiano (WEC)
Jose Aldo (UFC)
BJ Penn (UFC)
Renan Barao (UFC)
Jussie Formiga  (UFC)
|Training facilities|| Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Colorado Springs, Colorado
St. Cloud, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida (affiliate)
St. John's, NL
Nova União (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈnɔvɐ uniˈɐ̃w̃]) is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) academy and mixed martial arts team located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their BJJ black belts have participated in BJJ, submission grappling and MMA competitions all over the world. BJ Penn's victory at the Mundials (also known as the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship) marked the first time a non-Brazilian native won gold in the black belt category. Since 2008 Nova União has become a familiar name in the Mixed Martial Arts scene as a result of stabling the #1 ranked featherweight fighter in the world, Jose Aldo, as well as Renan Barao, the UFC interim Bantomweight champion, and another top ten ranked featherweight in Marlon Sandro.
The Nova União jiu jitsu team was recently re-organized by two 1st generation black belts under Andre Pederneiras in the United States. Gustavo Dantas, President, and Robson Moura, Vice-President, have been charged with overseeing the new changes. The team was created by Wendell Alexander and Andre Pederneiras, and is known primarily for its lightweight fighters. The competition team is usually reserved for the top four competitors during that time period.
Current and former members of the team include:
- John Lewis (fighter) - UFC, Battlecade Extreme Fighting, Vale Tudo Japan veteran and Mixed Martial Arts legend. Former President of Nova União USA.
- BJ Penn - Former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight champion
- Jose Aldo - Last WEC featherweight champion, current UFC Featherweight Champion.
- Thales Leites - Former UFC middleweight title contender, Current Superior Challenge middleweight champion.
- Pedro Rizzo - Former UFC heavyweight top contender, Pride FC veteran, Affliction veteran.
- Vitor Ribeiro former Shooto Welterweight (154 lb) Champion and Cage Rage World Lightweight Champion.
- Luis Ramos - Former Shooto Middleweight (168 lb) Champion and former UFC Welterweight contender.
- Wagnney Fabiano UFC, former IFL Featherweight Champion and TKO World Super-Lightweight Championship.
- Renato Verissimo - Former UFC Welterweight
- Leonardo Santos - TUF Brazil 2 winner; World Victory Road and BAMMA veteran 
- Gustavo Dantas - Nova União Jiu Jitsu President in the United States
- Eduardo Dantas - Current Bellator bantamweight champion.
- Ronny Markes - Current UFC middleweight fighter
- Caio Magalhaes - Current UFC middleweight fighter
- Marlon Sandro - Bellator, current Pancrase and former World Victory Road featherweight champion.
- Ronnys Torres - UFC veteran
- Tony DeSouza - UFC veteran and inventor of the famous submission "Peruvian Necktie".
- Robson Moura - 8x Mundial World Champion in BJJ. #2 Rated BJJ competitor of all time, Owns an academy in Tampa, Florida under the Nova União name-RMNU Academy (Robson Moura Nova União)
- Marcos Galvão - Ring of Combat featherweight Champion, former Bellator MMA Bantamweight title contender
- TJ Grant - Current UFC Lightweight
- João Roque - UFC veteran, One of the Original Nova União fighters and 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Antonio Mendes - UFC veteran, Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
- Bernardo Pitel - 2x Mundial World Champion, 4x Pan American Champion
- Diego Nunes - WEC veteran, Current UFC Featherweight contender
- Renan Barao - WEC veteran, current Interim UFC Bantamweight Champion
- Gray Maynard - UFC Lightweight contender, Known for his trilogy with former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar
- Mike Swick - Current UFC welterweight fighter
- Hacran Dias - UFC Featherweight contender
- Norman Paraisy - Former Bellator Middleweight contender
- Claudia Gadelha - Current InvictaFC Strawweight contender
- Nova Uniao International
- Arizona Nova Uniao
- Elite Jiu Jitsu homepage
- Ohana Hawaii homepage
- Team Oliveira Myspace page www.teamoliveirabjj.net
- SoCal homepage
- Colorado Springs homepage
- Nova Uniao Australia
- Nova Uniao Canada
- Nova Uniao South Florida