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Billionaire Brawl: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Agree to MMA Cage Match for Charity

Tech tycoons Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have playfully agreed to battle it out in a mixed martial arts cage match in Las Vegas.

Elon Musk
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However, the tentative date of 26 August is still up in the air as Musk requires an MRI and potential surgery on his neck and upper back first.

The good-humoured beef started last month when Musk said he was “up for a cage match” against Facebook’s Zuckerberg, a jiujitsu enthusiast. Zuckerberg gamely asked Musk to “send location” to get the ball rolling. Musk suggested the Octagon at Las Vegas - a fighting venue for major MMA bouts.

On Sunday, Musk stated the fight would be live-streamed on his new social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. He added any proceeds would go towards veterans' charities. Zuckerberg responded he was ready to rumble today, but Musk had yet to confirm the 26 August date. He proposed using a more reliable platform to maximise charitable donations.

Earlier on Sunday, Musk tweeted he was weight training throughout the day to prepare for fisticuffs. He lamented having no time for proper workouts, so just lifted at his desk. When asked the purpose behind the clash, Musk philosophised fighting was a “civilised form of war” and “men love war”.

While the tech billionaires’ light-hearted sparring has amused the public, Musk’s Sunday MRI and potential neck surgery could delay or jeopardise the match. Musk vowed to know this week if he required an operation before the fight could happen.

Zuckerberg has posted Instagram pictures showcasing his jiujitsu victories, while Musk has no combat sports experience. However, Musk is 6 years younger at 52 and 2 inches taller at 6’2”. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO also appears more muscular than the leaner Zuckerberg.

The tech tycoons have clashed previously on issues like artificial intelligence regulation. Musk advocates minimal oversight, while Zuckerberg wants more governance. Their contrasting views reflect different philosophies and business models.

Despite past tensions, the playful cage match challenge shows a friendly rivalry. The billionaires seem to harbour no true animosity. Their showdown has sparked amusement and anticipation across social media.

Many hope the fight eventuates for entertainment and charity fundraising. Donations could aid injured veterans, a cause both tycoons would support. Others caution the executives against actual fisticuffs and injury.

If the fight proceeds, Musk and Zuckerberg will need athletic training and medical clearance. For now, the MMA cage match is speculative fun on social media. But it signals a willingness for friendly competition, not genuine corporate conflict.

The light-hearted physical face-off idea is unusual yet captivating. It provides online entertainment and potential charity money. Musk and Zuckerberg are gamely leaning into the hype. Whether the clash eventuates or not, their humorous banter has intrigued the public.

  • Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have agreed to an MMA charity bout on 26 August, pending Musk's MRI results and potential neck surgery.

  • The fight was proposed by Musk last month and accepted by jiujitsu enthusiast Zuckerberg. It aims to live-stream on Musk's X platform and donate to veterans.

  • The cage match challenge shows friendly rivalry and promotion between the tech tycoons, not true animosity. Its outcome remains speculative fun.


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