Is Shinya Aoki the Best Lightweight in the World?

3153324423_e43cbc8d40_medium From a WAMMA press release:

"Dynamite!!" featured the crowning of the second-ever undisputed champion in World Alliance Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) history with Shinya Aoki defeating Eddie Alvarez via heel hook submission at 1:32 of round 1. In the process, Aoki became the first-ever WAMMA lightweight champion.

WAMMA would like to publicly congratulate Shinya Aoki on his historic victory and looks forward to presenting him with his championship belt at a ceremony to be scheduled at a later date.

"Dynamite!! was phenomenal event and quite possibly one of the best New Year’s Eve shows in Japan’s history," said WAMMA Chief Operating Officer Michael Lynch. "We’re also delighted to have a fighter the caliber of Shinya Aoki representing WAMMA as its lightweight champion. On behalf of WAMMA, we’d like to congratulate Mr. Aoki on his sensational victory."

WAMMA would also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. The organization is already looking forward to a big 2009 with its recognized undisputed heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko scheduled to defend his WAMMA belt against Andrei Arlovski on January 24 in Anaheim, California during Affliction’s "Day of Reckoning."

Of course WAMMA's own rankings have had UFC Champ B.J. Penn at the #1position for months. It's time for WAMMA to admit they are issuing the best non-UFC title, not the best overall.

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