Junior Dos Santos May Have Jumped Ships And Joined Team Nova Uniao

Junior Dos Santos May Have Jumped Ships And Joined Team Nova Uniao


Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos looks to have switched camps and the split from his long-time affiliate, Team Nogueira, doesn’t appear to be amicable.

‘Cigano’ has been with the Nogueira brothers (Rodrigo & Rogerio) for years and the familial bond that JDS shares with them, particularly Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, is almost legendary. Indeed, Minotauro has been likened to a hero to Dos Santos.

However, all that appears to have changed and from what fans are hearing now, as from Globo.com, Junior has begun to pitch his tent with team Nova Uniao (New Union).

Quoting the article:

“Everyone knows that Junior Cigano is created by Rodrigo Minotauro and Rogerio Nogueira. The most famous twins (in) MMA got him home, food and laundry for the good boxer, that even one day was heavyweight champion, and took him in tow for the UFC. What almost no one knows is that the relationship between them is shaken.

Since last week, Gypsy is in Rio de Janeiro and so far didn’t show up at Team Nogueira, a team of brothers and Minotauro Nogueira. Instead, Gypsy has trained in Nova Uniao, a rival team. Minotauro is not a bit happy with the attitude of his former pupil and peer has called Gypsy ‘vain.’ He feels betrayed by his friend who vowed never to face him in a MMA fight.

The Coach Luiz Dorea is playing the role of firefighter and is trying to put out the fire that threatens to consume the relationship between Minotauro and Gypsy. Since last week, he has said Gypsy will make an exchange program between Nova Uniao academies and Team Nogueira. And then go on to more training in the United States. But yesterday, were present at Team Nogueira Erick Silva, Rafael Feijao, Minotauro Nogueira and preparing to face Roy Nelson; again no Gypsy!”

If indeed this is the case and JDS has jumped ship and joined the likes of Jose Aldo and Renan Barao over at Team Union, then perhaps he’s come to the same conclusion that BJ Penn has, and decided that this is the team to train with.

As lead by head coach Andre Pederneiras, the team is a group of hungry, motivated fighters and one that sports two UFC championship titles, bantam and featherweight, as cumulatively defended nine times. In short, Team Union is a club with a track record of success.

As such, Junior may be thinking that some of that success can rub off on him by joining the club.

At 10 – 2 in the promotion, Junior finds himself in a difficult position. On the one hand he’s the best fighter in the UFC’s heavyweight division and no one appears to be able to touch him. On the other hand, he’s stuck playing second fiddle to division champion Cain Velasquez, the one man Cigano can’t seem to beat; or at least by anything other than a flash KO; UFC on FOX, November, 2011.

And therein lays the problem and perhaps the reason for shifting camps. Three time JDS has gone to the well against the champ and only once has he been successful. In his second and third outings, Velasquez beat Junior from pillar to post, and if the first of the two beatings wasn’t bad enough, the second surely topped it. In the match (UFC 166), Junior was out classed and out gunned, and although he put up a valiant effort (truly he is tough) he was, nonetheless, crushed. To the point, it was so bad that many thought Cigano’s corner should have thrown the towel in and saved their fighter the beating he was taking. However, they didn’t and instead, elected to leave their fighter in the match and as against a man that (literally) looked as if he were killing him (Junior).

Given that fight and how he’s done against Velasquez overall, perhaps the former heavyweight champion has come to the conclusion that it’s time for him to move on and that he’s learned all that he can from Team Nogueira. If this is the case, fans will probably think it a smart move and one that he should have made some time ago.

Translation via Google Translate.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brasil Brasil

    He could use a change…..that boxing shit wont work with Cain.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/AndréAmorim André Amorim

      Shit boxing? He and Nick Diaz has the best boxing on MMA!

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D

        You don't understand English.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/AndréAmorim André Amorim

          Really? Sorry man, I only learned English by watching Breaking Bad and The Office with subtitles in Portuguese and using google translator. But then, boxing shit means what??

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ALEX83 ALEX83

            what "brasil" meant by boxing shit is counting on boxing only to win will not work with Cain. if he means JDS boxing is shit, he would be saying "that shit boxing" …

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/AndréAmorim André Amorim

            ALEX83, Thanks!

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier

            Really I have been trying to learn Japanese via watch there tv shows its been a year, and i know about 5 words, lol.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jmedno5891 jmedno5891

    Nova Uniao has a bunch of great fighters but from what I know they don't specialize in what JDS is lacking, which is wrestling/grappling. His striking is already fantastic, don't really see what he's thinking with this move.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IGMBurninPiff IGMBurninPiff

      Aldo and Barao have trained there all of their careers or atleast through their whole runs. Neither of them are wrestlers but have the best TDD in the game. Junior already has great TDD, he just needs some more overall grappling training. I think he'll make his way to the states soon and train with American Top Team or someone like that and bulk up his wrestling. JDS is a great talent. I hope to see him beat Cain again eventually

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/apocalypse123 apocalypse123

      Erick Silva and Feijao are coming off knockout losses. What little success Rogerio is having is marred by his injuries and Rodrigo is on the cusp of retirement with his last outing seeing him on the amateur end of a grappling lesson by Fabricio Werdum. And you don't really see what he's thinking with this move? Going from a team where he was undoubtedly the best to one where he can genuinely learn something? Only steel sharpens steel.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    In all seriousness, jnr has taken a hell of alot of damage from Cain Velasquez…The fallout could be more about a personality change.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Camelux3000 Camelux3000

    The problem with Team Nova Uniao is that they don't have any heavyweights in there.
    Other than that, i like the move by JDS

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

      Just because you're unaware of the HW's that train there does not mean they lack HW's. You think that team only has Renan, Aldo and Penn? LOL

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/holycheapshit holycheapshit

      They should just ask BJ to get fat again.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Camelux3000 Camelux3000

    Of course I didn't think that ..
    I meant Top heavyweights , I didn't think I would have to clarify that.
    I thought it was obvious what I meant, but then again , maybe not

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/hatch1921 hatch1921

    —- Velasquez beat Junior from pillar to post, and if the first of the two beatings wasn’t bad enough, the second surely topped it. In the match (UFC 166), Junior was out classed and out gunned, and although he put up a valiant effort (truly he is tough) he was, nonetheless, crushed.—–

    Pretty much sums it up. He needs a change if he wants to progress. If he doesn't think the current camp is helping him make those changes.. he should move on.