The people at Reuters caught up with 88-year-old former boxing great Jake LaMotta to get some of his crotchety opinions on the current state of the fight game. Not surprisingly, the “Raging Bull” is not a big fan of our beloved MMA. Boxers typically aren’t, and old people almost never are. Since LaMotta is both, he’s right there with Bob Reilly when it comes to anti-MMA sentiment. What’s sadly ironic, however, is his choice of words when articulating exactly what he doesn’t like about the sport:
"When they hit you on the floor? That doesn’t make any sense, it’s savage. …It’s out of control, I still think the regular way is the best way."
Savage? This is the guy who, rumor has it, only realized what a terrible person he’d been for his whole life after seeing the Martin Scorsese biopic on himself. According to IMDB, after seeing the film, which included scenes of him beating his wife, Vickie, he is said to have asked her, “Was I really like that?” To which she responded, “You were worse.”
He also admitted to throwing a fight in 1947, for which he was suspended by the New York State Athletic Commission. In other words, the man is not a moral compass by any means. Great fighter, though. It’s just a shame he can’t appreciate it in others.
(Props: Cage Writer)