Will Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk face off in an MMA bout? Dana White reveals their interest in showcasing their mixed martial arts skills. Read more.
Dana White, the president of the UFC, recently revealed that Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have expressed interest in showcasing their mixed martial arts skills in a potential bout. While Zuckerberg has been dedicated to training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and MMA for several years, Musk’s training has been inconsistent due to injuries that have required surgery.
The idea of a match between the two tech giants would not be arranged by the UFC or Dana White, but rather co-promoted by their individual foundations. However, Zuckerberg has rejected Musk’s proposal, preferring their fight to take place under the umbrella of a notable MMA organization such as the UFC or ONE Championship.
Elon Musk initially suggested a ‘practice match’ at Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto residence in California. In response, Zuckerberg insinuated that Musk’s desire for an actual fight may not be sincere, casting doubt on the likelihood of the bout happening.
Despite this, Dana White confirmed that Zuckerberg is open to stepping into the UFC octagon. In an interview with TMZSports, White stated, ‘Anything is possible. And I would say, he [Zuckerberg] is absolutely interested in that [fighting in UFC]. TMZ is not wrong, I did talk to the people from the Ministry of Culture and they were interested in doing the fight so that is absolutely true.’
While the chances of a Zuckerberg vs. Musk MMA bout seem slim at the moment, the idea of tech moguls entering the world of combat sports has garnered attention. This isn’t the first time that individuals from outside the fighting world have expressed interest in competing in combat sports.
Dana White also shared his thoughts on YouTuber siblings Jake Paul and Logan Paul, who have made waves in the combat sports scene. Jake Paul, known as ‘The Problem Child,’ boasts an impressive 7-1 record in professional boxing and has defeated notable combat sports stars such as Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Nate Diaz.
Logan Paul, on the other hand, engaged in a highly publicized boxing match against the legendary Floyd Mayweather and has also signed a lucrative deal with the WWE. During an appearance on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, White expressed his thoughts on the Paul brothers, stating, ‘I don’t fuking hate Jake Paul. Jake is one of those guys that he’s a young kid, and he’s just trying to get attention. He’s always looking for attention and, he’s doing his thing. Whatever – it’s all good. The brother is fuking brilliant. I mean, the brother’s fu*king raking in big dough. Logan Paul is a businessman. This kid’s really making some big moves, and KSI too. Those kids are making real money and doing their thing.’
In conclusion, while the possibility of a Mark Zuckerberg vs. Elon Musk MMA bout remains uncertain, the interest expressed by both individuals has sparked intrigue. The world of combat sports has seen an influx of non-traditional fighters, such as the Paul brothers, making waves and attracting attention. Only time will tell if Zuckerberg and Musk will step into the octagon and showcase their skills.