The Coach

André Pederneiras


Named the best MMA coach in the world in 2010, Brazilian born André Pederneiras is the founder of Nova Uniao, one of the most respected teams of fighters in the world. Among his athletes are UFC fighters, such as Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Ronny Markes,  and others whom fight for Bellator, Dream, Shooto and other internacional events.

The former vale tudo fighter earned a jiu-jitsu black belt from the legendary Carlson Gracie and is also president of Shooto South America, one of the biggest promoters of athletes to international competitions. In addition, he is manager of many fighters and owner of Upper Academy Sport Club in Rio de Janeiro.