Streaking bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida is the winner of 20 consecutive professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, including four straight under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner. In addition, the Brazilian holds a staggering 19 finishes.
The reaction from some fans?
That's why "Thominhas" is setting his sights on the top half of the 135-pound division (see it here), including longtime title contender and former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion Urijah Faber. Not because he dislikes "The California Kid," but you know, that whole "stepping stone" thing.
And with any luck, it will finally silence his doubters.
"I think Faber would be a great challenge in my career," Almeida told Combate (via Bloody Elbow). "He's very good, he is famous and is good at wrestling. Many people say I haven't proven myself yet, so hopefully that would shut them up and everyone would see how well trained and confident I am."
Almeida is currently ranked No. 7, while Faber holds steady at No. 4.
That could all change depending on how well Faber performs at UFC 194. The current Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 coach is slated to throw hands opposite Frankie Saenz at the upcoming "Aldo vs. McGregor" pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With that in mind, is this a potential pairing that interests you?