Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg’s potential MMA showdown, which never came to fruition, may still be in the cards, as Musk remains ready for the bout.
During his appearance on Joe Rogan’s JRE podcast on Tuesday, Musk shed light on his perspective regarding the breakdown in negotiations that led to the cancellation of the fight with the Facebook founder, who is 13 years his junior.
Musk explained, “Italy actually was willing to let us use the Coliseum. I was like, well, can’t turn that down. Then I was like, well, if it’s going to be in the Coliseum, I like UFC and everything, but we don’t have tons of ads in UFC branding on the Coliseum because it’s a place of great history. You don’t want to have it be all like NASCAR. And then Zuck pulled out.”
The talk of a fight between these two billionaire moguls began when Zuckerberg launched Threads, a competitor to Musk’s company, X. Musk expressed his willingness to participate in a cage match, prompting Mark to reply with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s iconic line, “Send me location.”
However, a deal never materialized, and Zuckerberg accused Musk of not being serious about the fight. Musk defended himself by saying, “[Zuckerberg] accused me of not being serious, and I said, ‘Listen, at the end of the day, I’ll fight you any place, anywhere, under any rules.'”
Musk does not share the opinion of those who believe Mark’s jiu-jitsu experience would give him the upper hand. He pointed out, “I’m like 50% heavier than him,” referring to his 6’2″ and 240-pound frame. Musk even jokingly mentioned his “patented ‘walrus’ move,” emphasizing his size advantage.
Although the fight may seem unlikely, Elon is indicating that there is still a possibility, and he is ready for it at any moment.