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
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Founded byAndré Pederneiras
Wendell Alexander
Current titleholdersNone
Past titleholdersJosé Aldo Featherweight Champion (UFC 2011-2015), (WEC 2009-2010) 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
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 (UFC 2012-2013) 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Junior dos Santos Heavyweight Champion (UFC 2011-2012) 238 lb (108 kg; 17.0 st)
Eduardo Dantas Bantamweight Champion (Bellator 2012-2014) 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Training facilitiesBrazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
WebsiteNova 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. It is one of the top professional MMA training camps. Their BJJ black belts have participated in BJJ, submission grappling and MMA competitions all over the world.

BJ Penn's victory at the Mundials 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 former #1 ranked featherweight fighter in the world, José 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.

Nowadays they have gyms around the World from East to West in cities and countries such as Phuket (Thailand), Australia, the United States, Zurich (Switzerland), Canada, etc.

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. ^ "Ultimate Submissions: Breaking down the Peruvian Neck Tie". February 1, 2011.

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