Tech rivals in the ring: Mauler Mark vs. Evil Elon! Jiu-jitsu fanatic Zuckerberg accepts Elon Musk’s cage fighting challenge
- Elon Musk tweeted Mark Zuckerberg saying he was ‘ready for a cage fight’ with him
- Zuckerberg took a screenshot of Musk’s tweet and replied “Send me the location”
They are titans in the world of technology.
But now the simmering feud between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg has erupted and the billionaires have agreed to face off in a cage fight.
Musk, who took over Twitter in October, tweeted that he was “ready for a cage fight” with Meta boss Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg took a screenshot of Musk’s tweet and replied “Send me the location,” the catchphrase of undefeated mixed martial arts champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Musk, who took over Twitter in October, tweeted he was ‘ready for a cage fight’ with boss Meta Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg took a screenshot of Musk’s tweet and replied “Send me the location”, the slogan of undefeated mixed martial arts champion Khabib Nurmagomedov
The 51-year-old Twitter boss joked: “I have this great move I call ‘The Walrus’, where I just lay on top of my opponent and do nothing.”
He added: “I hardly ever train except to pick up my kids and throw them in the air.”
Zuckerberg, 39, appears to be in fine form after recently winning his first jiu-jitsu competition.
Musk, a father of ten, trained in Kyokushin karate, taekwondo, judo and “Brazilian jiu-jitsu briefly”, and once shared a photo of himself battling a sumo wrestler.
Earlier this month, father-of-three Zuckerberg denied a New York Times report claiming he was knocked unconscious during a jiu-jitsu fight.
The official said he heard the chief technology officer snore and thought he passed out during a chokehold.
But Zuckerberg told the publication that the referee mistook his grunts for snores.
“That never happened,” Zuckerberg wrote in an email.
Musk has the form to challenge prominent figures in fights that don’t happen.
Last year, he challenged the Russian president, a black belt in judo. “The stakes are Ukraine,” he said.
Talk of a fight comes amid rumors that Zuckerberg is preparing to create a new app to rival Twitter, which is expected to be called Threads.
The new platform, currently named Project 92, would have buttons similar to Twitter’s “like” and “retweet” functions, and a 500-character limit on messages.
The Story of the Band: Mauler Mark
Who is fit enough?
TO MARK: At 39, the Zuck has youth on his side – Musk is 51. He’s in pretty good shape, having recently completed “The Murph”, a fitness challenge, in a truly impressive 39 minutes 58 seconds. 5/5
Do you have the skills?
TO MARK: Zuckerberg trained in both mixed martial arts and jiu-jitsu. “You don’t know this nerd is a silent killer,” said Khai Wu, his MMA trainer. 4/5
TO MARK: Zuckerberg is far behind with just over £78bn. The owner of Facebook and Instagram is only the tenth richest person in the world. 3/5
We do not care?
TO MARK: His Buddhist wife, Priscilla, isn’t too enamored with her new passion for martial arts, grimacing at ringside in Las Vegas recently. 2/5
TO MARK: In addition to having a Twitter rival platform in the works, he’s a passionate AI optimist, who called Musk’s attacks on new technologies “irresponsible.” 3/5
TO MARK: The Zuck just shaves it off, with his fitness and training putting him in good stead to spin the rings around the older, less nimble Musk.
The history of the gang: Evil Elon
who is fit ethat’s enough ?
ELON: At 6-foot-2, Musk dominates Zuckerberg with a 7-inch height advantage. However, unlike his rival, Musk appears to have piled on the pounds rather than lifting them. 2/5
Do you have the skills?
ELON: He claims to know karate, judo, taekwondo and jiujitsu. He had “real hardcore street fights” growing up – and even knocked out a boy. 3/5
ELON: According to Forbes, the boss of Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX has a net worth of £185 billion, one of the richest people in the world. 5/5
We do not care?
ELON: He can call on the services of a dozen children to wrap up the front row and encourage him. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has “only” three… 2/5
ELON: Musk is adamantly opposed to runaway AI, warning of a so-called “Robocalypse” in which machines decide to do without humans entirely. 3/5
ELON: It’s going to be a close contest, but Musk needs to brush up on his takedown technique if he’s going to prevail over the superfit Zuckerberg.