Business magnate Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder, and CEO of Facebook and Meta Platforms, is a social media pioneer and one of the richest men on the planet. Lately, he’s been growing his involvement in the world of combat sports, especially Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. In a recent post made on Instagram, Zuckerberg looked toned while training MMA with UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski.
Mark Zuckerberg rose to prominence after launching Facebook from the dorms of Harvard University in Feb. 2004. The website proved to be a massive hit and turned Zuckerberg into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 23 three years after the launch. In 2012, the platform became the first of its kind to amass a billion users. Zuckerberg capitalized on the success by introducing and buying other massively popular channels such as Instagram.
In Aug. 2022, Zuckerberg opened up on his passion for training BJJ to UFC color commentator Joe Rogan. Other than grappling, he also revealed his affinity for training in MMA with an impressive training update under coach Khai Wu. Zack’s growing presence in the MMA community led fans to speculate about whether he really enjoyed the sport or was simply putting up a charade.
During the build-up to UFC Vegas 61, women’s strawweight fighter Mackenzie Dern claimed Zuckerberg rented out the event. Company president Dana White dismissed the claims but Zuckerberg was in attendance for the unusually private event. Then, he partnered with UFC to offer fans the opportunity to watch events through Meta’s virtual reality on Fight Pass.
Mark Zuckerberg Looks Toned in MMA Training Session with UFC Champions
In a recent Instagram post, Mark Zuckerberg looked toned while training in MMA with UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski.
“No fugazi with Mark,” wrote Adesanya. “This is Serious Business.”
Mark Zuckerberg previously teamed up with Volkanovski for a virtual fight to show off his company’s VR offering earlier this year.
Two months ago, Zuckerberg left the fans stunned by scoring gold and silver medals in his first-ever BJJ tournament contest. Following the outcome, he credited the sport for helping his mental health and providing an outlet for his competitive nature. He even joined forces with prolific grappling world champion Mikey Musumeci for a BJJ training session last month.
Zuckerberg took on the grueling workout circuit called the ‘Murph challenge’ to celebrate Memorial Day last month. The brutal routine consists of two miles of running, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, and 300 squats with a 20-pound vest on at all times.
Zuck got involved in a raging online feud with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the richest man in the world weeks ago. Musk proposed the idea of facing Zuckerberg in a hand-to-hand combat format on Twitter. Zuck fired back with equal force accepting the challenge using the line from legendary MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s famous callout of former UFC champion Conor McGregor. The idea seemed outlandish at first but White later confirmed talks were serious and a showdown between Zuck and Musk could take place.
Whether he ends up fighting Musk or not, Mark Zuckerberg will have surely improved his fighting abilities inside the octagon considering the caliber of his training partners.