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.