Nova União (mixed martial arts)

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Coordinates: 22°56′11″S 43°10′39″W / 22.936352°S 43.177546°W / -22.936352; -43.177546 (Nova União)

Nova União
Founded by André Pederneiras
Wendell Alexander
Current titleholders Marlon Sandro Featherweight King of Pancrase (Pancrase)145 lb (66 kg)
Jose Aldo Featherweight Champion (UFC 2011-Present) 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Thales Leites Superior Challenge Middleweight Champion 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Past titleholders BJ Penn Lightweight Champion (UFC 2007-2010) 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st), Welterweight Champion (UFC 2004) 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Renan Barão Bantamweight Champion (UFC 2013-2014) Interim Bantamweight Champion (UFC 2012-2013) 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Jose Aldo Featherweight Champion (WEC 2009-2010) 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Junior dos Santos Heavyweight Champion (UFC 2011-2012) 238 lb (108 kg; 17.0 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)
Eduardo Dantas Bellator Bantamweight Champion 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Prominent fighters John Lewis
Pedro Rizzo
TJ Grant
Gray Maynard
Junior dos Santos
Thales Leites
Wagnney Fabiano
Jose Aldo
Eduardo Dantas
BJ Penn
Renan Barão
Claudia Gadelha
Jussier Formiga
Website Nova União

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 Barão, the former UFC Bantamweight champion, and another top ten ranked featherweight in Marlon Sandro.[1]

Jiu Jitsu[edit]

The Nova União jiu jitsu team was recently re-organized by two 1st generation black belts under André 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 André Pederneiras, and is known primarily for its lightweight fighters. The competition team is usually reserved for the top four competitors during that time period.

Notable members[edit]

Current and former members of the team include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Featherweight". 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  2. ^ Junior dos Sanots Switches Camps, Now a Part of Nova Uniao by Alex Schlinsky February 4, 2012
  3. ^ a b c Venga, Gleidson (2008-01-09). "Pederneiras Discusses Nova União’s Year". Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  4. ^ Bohn, Mike (2013-06-09). "UFC on FUEL TV 10 results: Leonardo Santos wins ‘TUF: Brazil 2′ title". MMAjunkie. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  5. ^ "Sengoku FWGP Pairings Announced". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Ultimate Submissions: Breaking down the Peruvian Neck Tie". February 1, 2011. 

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