The team led by André Pederneiras now counts three worldwide MMA belts among the lighter weight fighters. At featherweight, José Aldo is the current champion of the WEC and Marlons Sandro, who will have a shot at the Sengoku title on June 20th, is the champion of Pancrase, while at lightweight, Willamy Chiquerim is the current World Shooto champion.
New doors have opened in Japan for Jorjão Rodrigues, a student of Jair Lourenço in Natal, who will face Pancrase champion Satoru Kitaoka.
Another Nova União black belt getting ready for action is Marco Loro, who is set to fight late replacement Diego Ceara, who trains at Greg Jackson’s.
A fighter who has been making waves for some time at Brazilian MMA events, Renan Barão will have his chance in the WEC. His debut is set for June 20, against Clint Godfrey.