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Elon Musk Announces 'Ancient Roman' Charity Fight with Mark Zuckerberg

The entrepreneurs will meet in Italy for an extravagant match to raise money for children's hospitals.

Elon Musk
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Billionaire technology CEOs Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are set to fight in an over-the-top mixed martial arts match with an ancient Roman theme. The contest aims to raise money for Italian children's hospitals.

Musk, who owns Twitter, said the fight would have no modern elements in order to recreate "ancient Rome." After speaking with Italian officials, Musk reported that the country would host the "epic" event at an undisclosed heritage site.

The culture minister welcomed the fight, expecting millions in donations. But critics accused Italy of commercialising its history. Past suggestions for a location included the Colosseum in Rome or Pompeii near Naples.

Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, accepted Musk's challenge, asking him to reveal the fight's location. Both men have martial arts training. Their lighthearted rivalry has entertained social media users for months. However improbable, the event promises drama, pageantry and philanthropy.

  • Musk and Zuckerberg to stage an MMA fight in Italy with an ancient Roman theme

  • The bout aims to raise money for children's hospitals in Italy

  • Italy agreed to host the fight at an unspecified heritage site

  • Critics say the event commercialises Italian history and culture


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