Funny... just last night my coach Brian and I were engaged in a friendly banter about Shinya Aoki (one of my favorites) being (in Brian's opinion) one of the most overrated BJJ black belts in MMA currently. The fan I am I decided to stick up for him and argue his domination in Japanese promotions, which Brian countered with the level of fighter is totally different stateside (cough-see Melendez fight-cough). Touche!
We both ended agreeing that we would love to see Aoki, and other MMA fighters, enter into the top gi grappling competitions and give it a go! It will never happen, but wouldn't it be cool!?
Just this morning I check out Gracie Mag Online and they have posted a short article (with Aoki highlight reel) on the very subject of the most effective use of BJJ in MMA: