UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira have both relocated from Brazil to Miami to open an MMA academy in the city, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Nogueira and Silva will train together at the new facility, dubbed the “Nogueira and Silva Mixed Martial Arts Academy”, while also offering seminars and classes for children and adults of all levels. The pair will also work with underprivileged children at the new academy, the first-ever to be headed by two UFC champions.
The 15,000 square-foot facility opens on May 16th and a seminar titled “What It Takes To Be A Champion” is set for May 17th.
Jiu-jitsu and judo black belt Daniel Valverde will also be part of the gym’s staff.
Here’s a quote from Nogueria on the new venture:
“The sport is growing here now and is a hotbed for mixed martial arts.Big things are growing here. This has been a dream to open an academy together here. This is a good area and the weather is very good. In Miami, you can walk in the street and see people. It’s like Brazil. This is the right time and right place. This is the biggest time right now, in America, for this sport.”
Nogueira’s brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueria, will join the team next year.
According to the report, Nogueria stated that he may return to the octagon in August against an opponent to-be-determined.