MMA Callout: Shinya Aoki Wants A Shot At The Best, BJ Penn

Shinya Aoki

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.

“I think there’s no doubt that B.J. Penn is still the best at 155 pounds. He’s most likely the best fighter in the world. I don’t ignore the UFC … I respect the UFC because it’s a very high level organization — a high summit in the sport.”

“Personally, 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 I’m the number one Japanese fighter to be saying this. [sherdog]”

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.


  1. tom

    January 2, 2009 at 3:16 am

    aoki is better on the ground i think but i do think BJ is a better MMA fighter but they should do it.. we all really want to see who the best 155 out there and this is the fight to see who the number 1 light weight in the world…Dana ha done a co show with pride back in the day i hope they do it again

  2. MW74

    January 2, 2009 at 3:22 am

    so does that mean the gsp fight is a foregone conclusion in your opinion?…he's already talking about thiago and seems to be, underneath, somewhat looking past bj…paying some lip service, but doesn't seem sincere….a little too happy and free.

  3. roy

    January 2, 2009 at 3:39 am

    i agree tom aoki is probally better on the ground but bj would still win, and i think bj will beat gsp but its a close one could go gsp's way.

  4. kom34

    January 2, 2009 at 6:08 am

    gsp does look like he is supremely confident in himself going into this fight. i dont think hes looking past anyone especially not bj penn. hes just talking about his future in the WW division.

    ideally i would like to see penn vs. aoki, and anderson silva vs. gsp.

  5. derek

    January 2, 2009 at 6:23 am

    BJ's cardio is still suspect. 5 rounds or 25 minutes is very long. we all know GSP can fight for 10 rounds, but can GSP? GSP is going to keep this fight standing. he only went to brazil to maintain his BJJ. this fight will go to decision.

  6. steve

    January 2, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Aoki is way better on the ground. The guy has pulled off some of the sickest submissions I have ever seen. But standing well he has really no stand up and would be dropped by BJ Penn but could eassily get a submission win on him also. Aoki is not a good fighter but he is good at submissions. Thats why he is dangerous but BJ will not end up fighting him anyways so why even bother talking about it.

  7. johnny boy

    January 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    hey aoki, nice way to duck a fight with BJ.

  8. MW74

    January 2, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Mike Tyson used to say"Everybody's got a plan …until they get hit!"…same thing is gonna go for gsp…look, whether I dislike the guy or not, he's never been hit by a guy the way that BJ's gonna hurt him…and HE won't give George a chance to recover…..if it goes any other way, Gsp should fight spider silva next as a reward…and if he loses…he should fight spider silva next as punishment. :)

  9. richaaron

    January 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Penn would just beat him on his feet. Go in with the same plan as Joachim Hansen and it would be over in less than 3 minutes…

  10. t-los

    January 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    to be the man, you gotta beat the man.

  11. steve

    January 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    MW47 BJ already hit GSP with everything he gots in the first fight in the first round lol. Maybe u were talking about Aoki gtting hit not sure but if u honestly think BJ is gonna walk through GSP as Brennan on Step Brothers says " You're fucking High".

  12. dane drebin

    January 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    bj would fuck aoki's world he has way better stand up and its not like aoki's gunna sub bj easily

    bj vs gsp is a toss up to me but i would have to give gsp the edge because i think he can win a lot of points by taking pen down and smothering him. i dont think bj will sub george.

  13. YourDad

    January 12, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Steve your fucking hi last time BJ and GSP fought BJ didnt even train close to as hard as he does now and GSP still ended up in the hospital all nite while BJ had fun at after party BJ gonna tune him up.

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