John Dodson doesn't have an opponent lined up for his return to bantamweight.
But he's got one in mind.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Dodson's manager, Ricky Kottenstette, has asked for a fight with undefeated up-and-comer Thomas Almeida. Kottenstette indicated they've yet to get a reply to their request.
Dodson, a Jackson's MMA fighter, won The Ultimate Fighter 14 as a bantamweight, knocking out current UFC champion. TJ Dillashaw to win the tourney.
Almeida (20-0), meanwhile, has a growing buzz as the potential next breakthrough Brazilian MMA star. Almeida scored a nasty knockout of Anthony Birchak over the weekend at UFC Fight Night 77, the 16th knockout win of his career.