Mar 28, 2015 1:23 pm

Coach Pederneiras: MMA without PEDs won’t be as spectacular

Andre Pederneiras is one of the greatest coaches in the sport of mixed martial arts. The founder of Nova Uniao has instructed some of the sports biggest stars including Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Junior dos Santos, Pedro Rizzo and of course BJ Penn. Pederneiras recently spoke to Portal do Vale Tudo (as translated by Lucas...

Oct 27, 2014 11:38 am

Yan Cabral Slams Conor McGregor: “I Want To Beat Him Up”

Conor McGregor’s trash talking of Jose Aldo hasn’t fallen on deaf ears, as seen by Aldo’s callout of McGregor after defeating Chad Mendes at UFC 179 (Watch that HERE). Aldo’s teammate, Yan Cabral told media members after his UFC 179 win on Saturday over Naoyuki Kotani, that he wants to fight McGregor as well. “I...

Oct 25, 2014 5:02 am

Dillashaw Blasts Aldo For Lack Of Fan Interest, Fighting Style

As Jose Aldo gears up to defend his title against Chad Mendes tomorrow night at UFC 179 in Brazil, another chapter in the feud between Team Alpha Male, and Nova Uniao was formed. Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male (TAM) was win-less against Nova Uniao until May, when Dillashaw dethroned Renan Barao from Nova Uniao. After...

Sep 14, 2014 4:51 pm

Leo Santos Admits To Cramping During “Exhausting” Weight Cut

Leo Santos picked up a win over Efrain Escudero this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 51, however he admits he had trouble with his weight cut. His teammate, Renan Barao was forced out of his UFC 177 rematch against TJ Dillashaw after hitting his head after passing out when he was cutting weight. Despite...

Jul 2, 2014 5:28 pm

BREAKING | Jose Aldo Injured, Out Of Mendes Bout

UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo has apparently sustained an injury leading up to his August fight with Chad Mendes, and as a result has withdrawn from the bout. UFC President Dana White has confirmed the news, but there is no word yet as to who will replace Aldo against Mendes. Stay tuned for updates.

Jun 16, 2014 12:15 pm

Mendes Fires Back, Calls Aldo Disrespectful

Chad Mendes has responded to recent criticism made by featherweight champion Jose Aldo last week about Team Alpha Male and Chad Mendes, who the champ called disrespectful after someone from Urijah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness wrote Renan Barao’s name down on a list of people who had signed up for a Duane Bang Ludwig Muay Thai...

Jun 9, 2014 12:28 pm

Jose Aldo Talks Mendes Fence Grabbing Controversy And More (Video)

UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo spoke to to talk about his upcoming rematch with Chad Mendes, fence grabbing controversy at UFC 142, and more. Check out the video below, and hit the Closed Caption Button for the English translation.

Jun 3, 2014 10:01 am

Jose Aldo: We Will Get Payback on Team Alpha Male

After T.J. Dillashaw decimated Renan Barao, team Nova Uniao began saying that they blamed the UFC for making Barao fight too soon. Jose Aldo took a more realistic approach to why Barao was defeated by Dillashaw. “Renan was well prepared, and of course that (Dillashaw) was also well trained, but Dillashaw surprised him,” Aldo said...

Apr 14, 2014 10:39 am

Renan Barao Open To Teammate vs. Teammate Bout vs. Marlon Moraes

  Anderson Silva is okay with fighting Lyoto Machida… Jacare is okay with fighting Anderson… Lyoto knocked his friend Mark Munoz clean out… Anderson would fight Jacare… and now, Renan Barao is apparently willing to fight his friend, Marlon Moraes.   It’s anarchy, I tells ya!   That, or UFC fighters are finally realizing that – if...

Mar 27, 2014 7:29 pm

Filming Complete For ‘The Rise of BJ Penn’ Documentary – Releases This Fall On FOX

ReelTime Rentals, Inc (otc pink:RLTR) (pinksheets:RLTR) announced today the completion of filming of “The Rise of B.J. Penn” a documentary feature, featuring [former] Mixed Marital Arts lightweight champion B. J. Penn. The program profiles how he grew, became a champion, and a true hero to his home town Hilo Hawaii. Included are special never before...

Feb 27, 2014 10:06 am

Aldo Coach: Brazil Has The Best Fighters

“The Brazilian athletes are the best in the world, I have no doubt about that. With few condition of work that we have, we get these champions, this is something that you don’t see in any other place in the world. You watch a person fed poorly in his younger life, some who never took...

Feb 12, 2014 11:19 am

Second fighter in two days is murdered in Natal, Brazil

(Luiz de Franca pictured above) On Monday morning, Brazilian welterweight Luiz de Franca (3-0 MMA) was shot dead inside a BJJ and fitness Alta Performance gym in Natal, Brazil. Alta Performance houses Kimura Nova Uniao, which is an affiliate of the famed Nova Uniao gym. Franca’s alleged attacker was a police officer who he had...

Feb 6, 2014 12:23 pm

Junior dos Santos Explains Time at Nova Uniao

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos responds to reports about his training at Nova Uniao, saying that it is simply “evolution… that is necessary.”  Dos Santos also dispelled rumors that he has left Team Nogueira. By Christopher Murphy | Twitter   It didn’t take long for UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to respond...

Feb 5, 2014 12:38 pm

Nova Uniao coach wants Aldo vs. Pettis at a catchweight

UFC featherweight champion and longtime division ruler, Jose Aldo, appeared to be lightweight-bound, this after defeating Ricardo Lamas 49-46 on each of the judges scorecards at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J. last weekend. “Scarface” stated his desire to fight the UFC’s lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, at the UFC 169 post-fight press conference: “It’s not only...

Feb 4, 2014 12:41 pm

Report: Junior Dos Santos Leaving Nogueira Brothers for Nova Uniao?

Reports out of Brazil suggest the former UFC heavyweight champion of the world is distancing himself from the Nogueira brothers.  Dos Santos has trained under the two brothers for years, but now their relationship seems to be strained.   By Christopher Murphy | Twitter According to reports from Globo in Brazil, Junior dos Santos is...

Jan 24, 2014 9:40 pm

PHOTO | Team Nova Uniao – A Murderers Row

Earlier this week these four talented fighters posed for the camera’s inside the legendary Nova Unia gym in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Seen in the photo (from left to right) is UFC bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn, former multiple-time and multiple-division WBO boxing champion, ‘Popo’ Freitas, and UFC featherweight champion,...

Jan 23, 2014 2:39 pm

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | BJ Penn: Nova União Training is ‘Very Intense’

Former two-division UFC champion, BJ Penn, has been down in Brazil for the past few weeks at his team’s home base in Rio. With his trip almost over, BJ, took some time this morning to update us all on his trip and his plans for his upcoming rematch against Frankie Edgar. Hit play above and...

Dec 20, 2013 8:19 am

Brazilian Man vs. Woman Fight Was A Joke, Not Happening

Andre Pederneiras, coach of famed fight team Nova Uniao, recently drew headlines when he announced that he would be promoting a mixed-gender MMA bout at Shooto Brazil 45. However, the fight may not happen at all, and according to Brazilian commissioner Osiris Maia, it was never going to happen in the first place. Maia told that “This...

Dec 17, 2013 2:28 pm

Shooto Announces Man vs. Woman Fight in Brazil

Andre Pederneiras (pictured, blue), head of team Nova Uniao (think training ground for UFC champions Renan Barao and Jose Aldo) has announced plans for a co-ed fight to take place at Shooto 45 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this upcoming Friday, December 20th. The two fighters involved are Juliana Velasquez (0-0) fighting from Team Nogueira,...

Dec 11, 2013 9:55 am

Jose Aldo Excited To Learn From BJ Penn In Brazil

It has been a little over a year since we have seen BJ Penn in action, and it seems the road back to competition will be paved with the help of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao. Penn will be coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside...

May 24, 2013 8:41 am

Thales Leites Returns to the UFC after Almost Four Years

The UFC’s latest addition to its middleweight division is no stranger to the world’s most famous octagon. After almost four years, former title contender Thales Leites is back to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as reported by  According to Leites, the contract has already been signed, but the first bout of his return to the...

Mar 12, 2013 2:06 pm

Aldo vs. Pettis set for August 3rd In Rio | UFC News

The much-anticipated bout between José Aldo and Anthony Pettis already has a place on the UFC calendar. The collision between the current featherweight champion and the former WEC lightweight title holder is scheduled to take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 3rd, as the main event of the evening, as...