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)
135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 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||Pedro Rizzo (UFC)
TJ Grant (UFC)
Gray Maynard (UFC)
Junior dos Santos (UFC)
Thales Leites (UFC)
Wagnney Fabiano (WEC)
Jose Aldo (UFC)
BJ Penn (UFC)
Renan Barao (UFC)
Claudia Gadelha (UFC)
Jussier Formiga  (UFC)
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 former UFC Bantamweight 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:
- José Aldo - Last WEC featherweight champion, current UFC Featherweight Champion.
- Renan Barão - former WEC, former UFC Bantamweight Champion
- BJ Penn - Former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight champion
- Junior dos Santos - Former UFC heavyweight champion 
- Eduardo Dantas - Current Bellator bantamweight champion.
- Pedro Rizzo - Former UFC heavyweight top contender, Pride FC veteran, Affliction veteran.
- Thales Leites - UFC middleweight title fighter, Current Superior Challenge middleweight champion.
- John Lewis (fighter) - UFC, Battlecade Extreme Fighting, Vale Tudo Japan veteran and Mixed Martial Arts legend. Former President of Nova União USA.
- Leonardo Santos - TUF Brazil 2 winner; World Victory Road and BAMMA veteran 
- Hacran Dias - UFC Featherweight fighter
- Ronny Markes - Current UFC middleweight fighter
- Caio Magalhaes - Current UFC middleweight fighter
- Claudia Gadelha - Current UFC Strawweight contender
- Luis Ramos - Former Shooto Middleweight (168 lb) Champion and former UFC Welterweight contender.
- Marcos Galvão - Ring of Combat featherweight Champion, former Bellator MMA Bantamweight contender
- Marlon Sandro - Bellator, current Pancrase and former World Victory Road featherweight champion.
- Ronnys Torres - former UFC fighter
- Wagnney Fabiano UFC, former IFL Featherweight Champion and TKO World Super-Lightweight Championship.
- Renato Verissimo - Former UFC Welterweight
- Gray Maynard - UFC Lightweight fighter, Known for his trilogy with former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar
- Gustavo Dantas - Nova União Jiu Jitsu President in the United States
- 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)
- João Roque - UFC veteran, One of the Original Nova União fighters and 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Vitor Ribeiro former Shooto Welterweight (154 lb) Champion and Cage Rage World Lightweight Champion
- Antonio Mendes - UFC veteran, Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
- Bernardo Pitel - 2x Mundial World Champion, 4x Pan American Champion
- Mike Swick - Current UFC welterweight fighter
- Norman Paraisy - Former Bellator Middleweight contender
- TJ Grant - Current UFC Lightweight
- Diego Nunes - former WEC and UFC, Current Bellator Featherweight contender
- Brian "Bizarro" Salafia - black belt, via John Lewis (fighter), Academy JSECT
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- Bohn, Mike (2013-06-09). "UFC on FUEL TV 10 results: Leonardo Santos wins ‘TUF: Brazil 2′ title". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
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- Nova Uniao International
- Nova União MARanking profile Statistics and BJJ (GI) main titles since 2004