I feel like he was recently signed to the UFC for just this very reason.
Dodson is a tough first test for da Silva. If he can pass it, I don't think he'll need to pass go. Just take him straight to the title shot.
The Nova Uniao fighter and former Shooto champion has only one loss on his resume, and that was a 2010 loss to one Ian McCall. Even in defeat, though, the jiu-jitsu standout was, for stretches, able to do whatever he wanted on the ground. Ultimately, McCall outmuscled da Silva—who is pretty small even for a flyweight—to claim the decision.
Nevertheless, I think da Silva, who has never fought Johnson and has at times been considered the best 125er in the world, will be next in line if he beats Dodson.