After his submission victory over Eddie Alvarez at K-1 Dynamite 2008, newly crowned WAMMA world lightweight champion, knows to be called the best you have to beat the best and the best is currently BJ Penn.
â€œI think thereâ€™s no doubt that B.J. Penn is still the best at 155 pounds. Heâ€™s most likely the best fighter in the world. I donâ€™t ignore the UFC … I respect the UFC because itâ€™s a very high level organization — a high summit in the sport.â€
â€œPersonally, the most decisive fight in the world, the culmination, the pinnacle for me is B.J. Penn … Please do not misunderstand — I really need this to be clearly expressed in the media: Shinya Aoki will not go to the UFC. I just want to fight B.J. Penn. This is my selfish wish. I know that everyone says they want Penn, but I think Iâ€™m the number one Japanese fighter to be saying this. [sherdog]â€
Aoki, arguably the best ground finisher in the game, sounds like he is not looking to run off to the UFC, but would jump at the chance of a shot with BJ Penn.