The tech giants are still flirting with the idea of hashing it out in a cage match. Elon Musk said that his fight with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be live-streamed on X, formerly known as Twitter. Musk also stated proceeds would go to charity for veterans.
Musk tweeted in June, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.” This message was a response to the news that Meta would launch Threads as a rival platform to X. Zuckerberg agreed and asked Musk to send him a location for the fight.
Zuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on 𝕏.
All proceeds will go to charity for veterans.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
Musk reported that he has been lifting weights regularly to prepare, even going as far as to bring weights to work with him since he is typically crunched for time. Musk said the fight would be held in the UFC octagon in Las Vegas, Nevada. The octagon is 25 feet in diameter with a surrounding 6-foot high fence.
In July, reports revealed that Dana White, president of UFC, was trying to organize the tech titan’s battle. White has reportedly had consistent phone calls with both men to help get them settled on a date. The date has not been set and the veteran charity has not yet been chosen.
Zuckerberg said he wanted to fight on August 26 after Musk initially challenged him. However, Zuck also said he’s “not holding my breath.” Musk recently revealed that he may need an MRI of his back and neck and possibly even surgery before the battle. Musk said he would know soon.
Musk recently stated on Joe Rogan’s podcast that he has martial arts experience. As a child, Musk was trained in judo, kyokushin karate, and taekwondo. He also mentioned that he had recently trained briefly in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Zuckerberg has earned a blue belt in jiu-jitsu and also spoke on Joe Rogan’s podcast last tear about why he started MMA. Zuckerberg says it requires constant focus, which drove him to immerse himself. He has been training with pro-MMA fighter Khai Wu since September last year.
Wu weighed in on Zuckerberg’s planned showdown with the Tesla CEO, saying, “How crazy is this?” He said, “I can only speak on how hard he works.” Wu adds, “He works really hard. He’s a really nice guy, to be honest with you. I’m not sure how the fight will play out, so I don’t want to speculate.”
Zuckerberg is shorter and weighs less than Musk, but many agree he has been participating in more consistent training efforts. Musk is taller and weighs more than Zuckerberg but remains confident that he stands a chance against the blue belt.