Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Notable Fighters: Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Junior Dos Santos, Thales Leites, Jussier Formiga, Claudia Gadela
Nova Uniao, led by highly-touted coach Andre Pederneiras, has become arguably the most prominent mixed martial arts team in all of Brazil. Home to reigning featherweight champion and pound-for-pound king Jose Aldo, former champs Renan Barao and Junior Dos Santos also call Nova Uniao their home. The team also consists of numerous UFC contenders in the form of top 10-middlweight Thales Leites, top 5-flyweight Jussier Formiga, and top 5-women’s strawweight Claudia Gadelha.
It’s clear that Nova Uniao has produced some of the best Brazilian fighters, and fighters period in the world, and they deserve a spot in the top 5.