Need proof that American Top Team boasts one of the deepest rosters of any training camp in MMA? Take a look at the PFL's 2022 light heavyweight playoffs.
ATT rep and defending champ Antonio Carlos Junior was originally expected to face a teammate in Omari Akhmedov in the semifinals, with the two training partners eyeing a berth in this year's championship final. However, when "Shoeface" was forced to withdraw from the event with some nagging injuries, who was tapped as a replacement?
ATT's Josh Silveira (9-0), son of legendary coach Conan Silveira, who now meets Akhmedov (23-7-1) at Friday's 2022 PFL Playoffs 1 event, which airs on ESPN and streams live on ESPN+ from the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"At least we know there's going to be an ATT in the finals," Josh told MMA Underground. "My dad, he's one of the co-founders of American Top Team, so for me, nothing's ever bigger than the team. The fact that there's going to be an ATT guy in the finals, I'm very happy with that. Of course, I want to be in the finals, you know, but at the end of the day, I think this is a good problem to deal with. We're both making money.
"I love Omari. I've trained with Omari so many times, it's ridiculous. But, man, this is just the way it goes. It's not Burger King. We can't have it our way all the time, you know?"
Fortunately for Silveira and Akhmedov, American Top Team boasts a plethora of skilled coaches and an enormous facility, so there wasn't a need to divide resources during training. But one coach, in particular, did have a bit of a conflict – Conan, himself.
Josh said Conan will be in his corner on Friday night, even if it means for one night only, he'll have to coach against one of the family.
"So usually my dad is good about sitting out when it comes to this type of things," Silveira said. "But prior to me signing to PFL, we reached out to everybody we know, and these guys should know that this is that one situation where, you know, my dad's my dad right now, you know what I mean? He's my coach, but he's going to be in my corner.
"We've had this planned out way, way before American Top Team was even created. He's always been by my side, and so I hope nobody takes hard feelings that my dad's going to be in my corner. He is the coach, but even cornering Omari, my dad always helped Omari, but never did his corner. That's usually 'Parrumpa' (Marcos da Matta), that does this corner, so like I said, it worked out perfect. You know, if I was fighting 'Shoeface,' it would have been a little bit more weird because my dad actually does his corner, too. But we talked about that, too – if me and him had to fight each other, 'Shoeface' knows that my dad would have been on my corner, as well."
Check out the full interview in the video above.