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Thomas Almeida responds to John Dodson’s callout, more interested in Urijah Faber fight

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John Dodson is still waiting for a response after asking the UFC for a fight against bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida, but the Brazilian is looking for a different opponent.

Ranked at No. 7 in the 135-pound division after four straight wins in 365 days as a UFC fighter, Almeida wants to face someone at the top of the bantamweight class so he moves one step closer towards the belt.

“I believe a fighter better ranked than me would be great, so I can prove to myself I’m capable and move up the rankings,” the 20-0 bantamweight told MMAFighting.com. “That’s the plan, but I have to be ready for whoever the UFC wants. But if I can get an opponent ranked higher than me, that’s better.”

Dodson recently explained why he wants Almeida next. The Chute Boxe talent would accept to welcome “The Magician” back to the bantamweight division, but suggests he faces former WEC champion Urijah Faber instead.

“(Dodson) is a great athlete, I admire him a lot, he has beaten great names in both divisions, bantamweight and below,” Almeida said. “I’m an employee and I don’t pick fights. Whoever the UFC wants, I’ll do my best to win.

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