In all the talk about whether Brock Lesnar's pro wrestling-style antics at UFC 100 reflected badly on mixed martial arts, no one thought about whether Lesnar's antics reflected badly on pro wrestling -- at least until former Minnesota Governor and WWF star Jesse "The Body" Ventura appeared on Larry King Live.
After explaining to King that there's no such thing as "ultimate boxing," Ventura said he likes and respects MMA, but he thinks Lesnar crossed the line with his behavior on Saturday night.
"I think it's terrific because I've been to them and I think it's very professionally done, barring what Brock Lesnar did," Ventura said of the UFC. "I was ashamed of his behavior at the end of the fight. These guys are honorable, they're respectful, these guys volunteer to do it, the referees are very good."
Ventura added that he thinks concerns about the safety of MMA are overblown.
"I think boxing is more dangerous," Ventura said. "In boxing they give you standing eight counts and they let it resume again and again and again. So I think this is less dangerous, actually, than boxing."
Although Ventura is a veteran and MMA is very popular in the military, Ventura explained that he's never been all that interested in hand-to-hand combat because when he was in the Navy SEALs, his machine gun ensured no enemy would get that close. Good to know.