Tonight at UFC 144, Takanori Gomi made both an in fight and career comback when he defeated Eliji Mitsuoka by second round TKO.
Gomi was nearly submitted in the first round, but found a way to survive and came back in the second.
Following the fight, Gomi stated he wanted to bring the UFC lightweight title to Japan.
Gomi will have a long way to go before he's in a title fight, but here are some fights he could take to get him there.
Despite being on a two fight losing streak, Melvin Guillard is still a good fighter.
His only weakness is fighting guys who have great submissions.
That wouldn't be the case if he gets a fight against Gomi.
Both guys can put on some fireworks and could prove who truly deserves another push to the top and who will remain a mid-level fighter.
Jacob Volkmann may not be the most liked fighter in the world, but he is currently riding a five fight winning streak.
Volkmann is currently scheduled to fight Paul Sass at UFC 146.
If Volkmann can get past Sass, a fight against a big name like Gomi could determine if he is ready to go to the next level.
Like Gomi, Sean Sherk is a veteran who may try to have one more push towards a title.
Sherk has not been seen since defeating Evan Dunham back in 2010.
Gomi would be a good return fight for Sherk, and Sherk would give Gomi a former champion to challenge.
Evan Dunham and Edson Barboza are two of the best young lightweights in the UFC.
Dunham is currently riding a two fight winning streak while Barboza is undefeated.
Both men would provide a tough challenge for Gomi, but facing much younger competition is something Gomi will have to deal with if he wants to make a serious push for a title.
Donald Cerrone had an outstanding 2011.
Although he lost his last fight of the year to Nate Diaz, winning four out of five fights is not bad.
Cerrone will meet Yves Edwards at UFC on Fuel TV three.
Both Edwards and Cerrone have some exciting finishes on their records and could have a war with Gomi.