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Andre Pederneiras Discusses His Nova Uniao Gym, Jose Aldo, More

December 22, 2012 | Posted by Larry Csonka

- Andre Pederneiras, who runs the Uniao Gym recently spoke about the success of his gym and more. Here are the highlights…

On His Gym, Nova Uniao: “I think my gym is a great gym,” Pederneiras said. “I like so much Jackson’s gym, too. I think they both have great fighters. … But I think today, in this year, Nova Uniao made a little bit more than Jackson’s MMA. We have many great fighters here: Aldo, Dantes, Barao, Markes. I have some great fighters here and some upcoming guys that I think in one or two years can compete and one day be a champion. But as I said, I’ve done this a long time, and know I have some great fighters in my gym.”

On Jose Aldo: “Every fight, he wants to fight at 155 pounds,” Pederneiras said with a laugh. “‘I don’t want to cut any more weight.’ Every day I listen to him about that. I think for him it’s better to wait a little bit because he’s putting on mass every year,” Pederneiras said. “He doesn’t need to put so much mass that he can’t move the same. He’s gaining weight because he’s so young. I don’t want to put pressure on him to gain weight. I prefer to wait maybe one more year.”

On Renan Barao: “He is a beast,” Pederneiras said. “Now he has a chance to show his skills and to fight for the title.

He needs to fight. He’s so young. He can’t wait for Dominick for such a long time. I think for sure he needs to fight.”

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