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Nova Uniao fighters discuss team’s ‘rough patch’ in the UFC

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RIO DE JANEIRO — July is a busy month for Nova Uniao in the UFC, and gives them a chance to bounce back from a rough start in 2016.

The team that once held multiple UFC and Bellator titles has struggled inside the Octagon in the first six months of 2016, scoring only one win in eight fights. Four Nova Uniao fighters will enter the UFC cage in three days, and they know that a win is important to bring the team’s name back to the top.

At July 7’s UFC Fight Night 90, Dileno Lopes faces Anthony Birchak. The night after, at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, Fernando Bruno also attempts to score his first UFC win versus Gray Maynard, while Claudia Gadelha headlines the card versus strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. At the historic UFC 200, 24 hours later, Jose Aldo looks to become the interim featherweight champion when he rematches Frankie Edgar.

“(My win is important) not only for (Aldo), but for the entire Nova Uniao team,” Gadelha said during a media day in Rio de Janeiro. “We’re going through a rough patch. We need to win again. We have this duty in our hands to bring the wins to Nova Uniao again.

“It’s a rough patch. There were times when we had three world titles while other teams had none. Today, Kings MMA has one, but (recently) had two. The sport goes through an evolution process, starting a new era. You can see how many belts changed hands. MMA is growing a lot and sometimes one team has the power, and then it changes to other team.”

While Gadelha thinks that a win over Jedrzejczyk would give Aldo extra confidence while he prepares to face Edgar the night after, the former featherweight champion ….View full article

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