Celebrity boxing matches have gained a ton of popularity with the rise of social media influencers and former athletes testing out their abilities inside the ring in the last few years. A new kind of showdown appears to brewing between two of the richest men on the planet. In a recent interview with TMZ, UFC president Dana White confirmed Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are serious about competing against each other in a cage fight.
Celebrity boxing matches have gained a ton of popularity with the rise of social media influencers and former athletes testing out their abilities inside the ring in the last few years. A new kind of showdown appears to brewing between two of the richest men on the planet. In a recent exchange on Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg accepted Elon Musk’s challenge to a cage fight and UFC president Dana White got involved too.
Business mogul Elon Musk is the richest man on the planet and maintains a packed schedule managing his businesses. He first rose to prominence for creating Zip2, an online city guide software firm that was acquired for $307 million in 1999. He helped shape the financial technology company PayPal through X.com.
Musk embarked on his passion project of making a spaceflight services company called SpaceX in 2002. Having invested early in electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, he became the CEO in 2008 and also co-founded the artificial intelligence research company, OpenAI.
In Aug. 2022, Musk admitted he was not in the best shape he could be. Although he doesn’t enjoy working out, he understands its importance and indicated plans to fit time for the gym into his busy routine. Then, Musk followed up with a positive health update revealing he dropped 20 pounds after incorporating fasting into his lifestyle.
Mark Zuckerberg found success after he co-founded the social media giant Facebook in 2004. The platform quickly gained momentum and skyrocketed in popularity to become the largest online networking service in the world with over 2.94 billion monthly active users. He regularly features on the lists of the wealthiest persons in the world with a net worth exceeding $85 billion.
Zuckerberg opened up on his newfound passion for Brazilian jiu-jitsu last August. He expanded his presence in mixed martial arts by partnering with UFC champions like Alex Volkanovski for the launch of his virtual reality line. He was also in attendance cage side with his wife for UFC Vegas 61 to support Mackenzie Dern.
Last month, Zuckerberg put his grappling abilities to the test and scored gold and silver medals in his first BJJ tournament contest.
Dana White says Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg are serious about fighting in UFC
In a recent interview, Dana White confirmed Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are serious about fighting each other inside the UFC octagon.
White shared updates after talking to both Mark and Elon about the possibility of a potential bout. He’s confident the super fight would handily overtake the crossover match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor as the biggest event in combat sports history.
Zuck proved his fighting skills with medals in a BJJ contest weeks ago. According to White, Musk informed him he had been in “plenty of fights growing up in South Africa.” The UFC head honcho expects the pay-per-view to cost $100, a $20 bump up from the regular $80 for UFC events. All proceeds from the match would go to charity.
“Talked with Mark and Elon last night, both guys are absolutely dead serious about this,” White told TMZ. “The biggest fight of all time was Floyd and Conor, I just think it triples that — it triples what that did, there’s no limit on what that thing can make.”
Musk floated the idea of fighting Zuckerberg
On Jun. 21, Elon Musk expressed his willingness to compete against Zuck in a cage match. Zuck came across the tweet and issued a fiery response back, invoking the spirit of legendary UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“I’m up for a cage match if he is lol,” wrote Elon.
“Send Me Location,” Zuck replied.
This is Zuck’s story on insta right now.
Simulation confirmed ✅
— Penny2x (@imPenny2x) June 22, 2023
Musk agreed to the possibility and laid out his training experience. He followed up by revealing his secret move.
“If this is for real, I will do it,” wrote Musk. “I almost never work out, except for picking up my kids & throwing them in the air.”
“Vegas Octagon,” he added. “I have this great move that I call ‘The Walrus’, where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing.”
Musk concluded, “The most entertaining outcome is the most likely.”
If this is for real, I will do it 🔥🔥
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 22, 2023
Nurmagomedov, former UFC lightweight champion, weighed in with a brief message following the exchange between Zuck and Musk.
“Dagestan,” wrote Nurmagomedov.
Zuckerberg crushed the brutal Murph workout challenge on Memorial Day earlier this month. He performed 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats, and ran 2 miles in under 40 mins all while wearing a 20-pound vest.
As unexpected as it may seem, Dana White’s comments solidify that a clash between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg is brewing and there’s a good chance it might be on the horizon.