Bottom line: Here's one I didn't have on my bingo card this week – a potential cage match between two of tech's most well-known personalities. It's almost certainly never going to happen, but it's fun to think about what could transpire if it did.
Update: This might have some legs to it after all. UFC boss Dana White told TMZ on Thursday that he's been in talks with Zuckerberg and Musk since Wednesday night and that "both guys are absolutely dead serious about this."
Tesla and Space X chief Elon Musk said in a recent tweet that he would be "up for a cage match [with Meta's Mark Zuckerberg] if he is." According to The Verge, Zuck responded on Instagram with a screenshot of Musk's tweet and the caption, "Send Me Location," which is a reference to former UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and his feud with Conor McGregor.
UFC president Dana White spoke to Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg about their cage fight and says they're 'dead serious'– Culture Crave ðÂÂ¿ (@CultureCrave) June 22, 2023
"This would be the biggest fight in the history of the world"
PPV would cost $100 and all proceeds would go to charity pic.twitter.com/tF9UQy1pfr
Musk later fired back with, "Vegas Octagon." Musk then said he had a great move called The Walrus, where he just lies on top of his opponent and does nothing.
It's all fun and games at this point, and you probably should not expect much of anything to come of it. But if the stars were to align just right and the two were to find themselves face to face in competition, how might it play out?
Neither man is exactly a spring chicken at this point. Zuckerberg just celebrated his 39th birthday and Musk will be turning 52 later this month. What's more, Meta's chief started training in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts in 2022. He also attended a UFC event in October and sat cageside with his wife and UFC president Dana White.
Just last month, he won gold and silver medals at a BJJ competition in Redwood City, California.
As far as we know, Musk has no formal training under his belt. Factoring in training and age alone, we would have to give the edge to Zuckerberg in a grappling or MMA match. Size isn't much of a factor, especially when your opponent has been training.
Again, nothing is likely ever going to materialize between the two. But if it did, it would be a spectacle for sure and one that could raise a lot of money for charity if done right.