Meta’s Zuckerberg not holding breath over Musk cage fight


Mark Zuckerberg during martial arts training.

Mark Zuckerberg coaching with UFC champions Israel Adesanya (left) and Alexander Volkanovski (proper). Meta/Mark Zuckerberg

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned on Sunday that he’s not holding his breath over the proposed cage combat with Elon Musk, who runs SpaceX and Tesla, and in addition owns Twitter (now known as X).

The concept for a bodily combat between the 2 high-profile tech billionaires got here from Musk in June when he tweeted: “I’m up for a cage combat if he’s lol.”

Zuckerberg, who’s an enthusiastic combined martial arts fighter who takes his coaching very critically, responded, saying, “Ship me the situation,” with Musk suggesting the Vegas Octagon in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Issues went a bit quiet after that, with each protagonists seemingly preferring to commerce blows through posts on social media, together with on Threads, Meta’s lately launched platform that seeks to tackle Musk’s X.

This weekend, nevertheless, plans for the bout have ramped up and it’s starting to appear like it actually might occur.

Musk tweeted that the combat can be live-streamed on X, including that every one proceeds will go to a charity for veterans. Zuckerberg, posting on his personal Threads platform alongside a screenshot of Musk’s tweet, responded: “Shouldn’t we use a extra dependable platform that may truly elevate cash for charity?” — a touch that different Meta platforms resembling Fb or Instagram may be higher suited to streaming the conflict than X, which suffered technical difficulties when it tried to launch Ron DeSantis’ presidential marketing campaign throughout a reside Areas occasion in Might.

Musk additionally tweeted that he’s “lifting weights all through the day, making ready for the combat,” and even posted a video exhibiting him “curling a forty five” pound dumbbell.

Zuckerberg mentioned he steered Saturday, August 26 for the battle, including that he’s ready for Musk to verify.

Along with his martial arts expertise, many anticipate Zuckerberg to win the combat — if it does happen. Nevertheless, Musk is taller and heavier, and has already steered that he might deploy “this nice transfer that I name ‘The Walrus’, the place I simply lie on high of my opponent & do nothing.”

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