To find success in the sport, all MMA fighters should have a solid foundation of both standup and ground fighting. As Jiu-Jitsu is indispensable for the ground game, most professionals have at least flirted with the gentle art, but that’s not the case with José Aldo. The UFC featherweight champion is a world class striker, a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and competed in the gi up through brown belt, meaning his relationship with Jiu-Jitsu goes way back.
The Manaus, Brazil native trains in grappling under Dedé Pederneiras, a stalwart Jiu-Jitsu specialist and the leader of Nova União, who has promoted numerous MMA fighters to black belt, Renan Barão, the interim bantamweight champion of the UFC, being another of them.
This week the UFC released a video with footage from a gi-training session at Upper Sport Club, where Dedé’s team Nova União is headquartered. The video also shows José Aldo preparing to face Frankie Edgar in the UFC 156 main event this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Check out the official UFC footage of featherweight champ José Aldo.
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
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