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American Top Team Coach Predicts Finishes for Dustin Poirier, Amanda Nunes at UFC 269



Marcus "Conan" Silveira will have a busy weekend ahead of him at UFC 269.

The American Top Team head coach is already in Las Vegas to support a number of his fighters including Dustin Poirier, Amanda Nunes, Santiago Ponzinibbio and Pedro Munhoz. Poirier will challenge Charles Oliveira for lightweight gold in the main event, and Silveira is confident “The Diamond” can finish the Brazilian champion inside the distance.

"Charles has won nine fights [in a row] and proved he deserved to get the belt, but Poirier trained really hard for this challenge,” Silveira told Sherdog.com. “I believe he will catch Oliveira in the stand-up.”

If Poirier wins, Silveira believes a fourth bout with Conor McGregor would be a suitable next move. Their third meeting ended when the Irish star suffered a broken leg at the end of the first round this past July.

"The last one did not finish well,” Silveira said. “I think Conor deserves that rematch.”

In regards to the UFC 269 co-main event, Silveira revealed that Nunes didn’t have a difficult time making the cut to bantamweight after defending the featherweight belt in her previous Octagon appearance in March. “Lioness” will face Julianna Pena in a 135-pound title bout on Saturday.

"Everything went out perfectly in this camp. Amanda trained hard to beat Pena and I believe, sooner or later, she will get a knockout win,” Silveira said.

The ATT coach is also confident that both Ponzinibbio, who faces Geoff Neal, and Munhoz, who will meet Dominick Cruz, can use aggression in their favor.

"I think Dominick's cutting angle game is pretty much unrivaled. He will have a hard time dealing with Pedro´s aggressiveness. This kid punches like a heavyweight and sooner or later Cruz will be caught as well as Neal,” Silveira said. “Santiago is a savage, walks forward all the time and he is coming in great shape for that fight.”

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