After two losses to reigning UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, it didn’t take long for John Dodson (pictured) to realize he may never sniff another title tilt at 125 pound as long as Johnson rules the throne.
In October, Dodson announced his intentions to return to bantamweight, and now we know who Dodson wants to take down in his comeback bout. On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported the “Magician” has requested UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to make Thomas Almeida appear.
Almeida owns an unblemished 20-0 record, with his last four wins coming in the UFC. Three of his four wins in the big leagues have come via some form of knockout.
The 24-year-old is considered by most as the future of the division, and Johnson believes there’s no faster way to leapfrog the bantamweight line than by taking out one of the weight class’ hottest prospects.
Dodson took “The Ultimate Fighter 14” bantamweight tournament in 2011, but immediately dropped to flyweight in his next outing. It was the UFC’s newest weight class at the time and it was Dodson’s quickest route to a title.
Dodson experience solid success at 125 pounds, going 4-2, but his two losses came to reigning champ Johnson. Dodson holds a TKO win over current UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw to take the TUF tourney, so that must have boosted his confidence in deciding to pack on 10 additional pounds.
No word if Shelby will grant Dodson his wish.