Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have apparently agreed to hold a cage fight in Nevada to settle their rivalry.
In an exchange that has taken place over the last couple of days, Musk said “I’m up for a cage match if he is” in response to a Twitter thread mocking Zuckerberg’s recent penchant for jiu-jitsu, which he had been posting on Instagram.
Zuckerberg replied through Instagram including a screenshot of Musk’s tweet with the caption: “Send Me Location.” As Meta owner, Zuckerberg also owns Instagram and Facebook.
The exchange feels strangely reflective of the current atmosphere in the tech world.
I’m up for a cage match if he is lol
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 21, 2023
Musk then replied to Zuckerberg’s response with: “Vegas Octagon.” The Octagon is the competition mat and fenced-in area used for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts.
Musk, who turns 52 later this month, also tweeted: “I have this great move that I call “The Walrus”, where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing.”
He also tweeted: “I almost never work out, except for picking up my kids & throwing them in the air.”
Meanwhile, 39-year-old Zuckerberg has already been training in mixed martial arts (MMA) and has recently won jiu-jitsu tournaments.
In May he competed in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) tournament for the first time and actually won two medals – one gold and one silver.
“Competed in my first jiu-jitsu tournament and won some medals for the Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu team,” the tech billionaire said in -what else- a Facebook post.
Rivalry between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg
The rivalry between the two tech titans has been brewing, with Musk taking playful jabs at Zuckerberg over Meta’s upcoming Twitter competitor.
The Verge reported earlier in June that one of Meta’s top executives showed employees a preview of the company’s upcoming Twitter competitor during a companywide meeting.
The new standalone app will be based on Instagram and integrate with ActivityPub, the decentralized social media protocol. That will theoretically allow users of the new app to take their accounts and followers with them to other apps that support ActivityPub, including Mastodon.
The internal codename for the app is “Project 92,” and its public name could be Threads, based on internal documents also seen by The Verge.
According to same report, Meta already has celebrities committed to using the app, including DJ Slime, and was in discussions with other big names, including Oprah and the Dalai Lama.
He said “coding began” for the app in January and that Meta will be making the app available “as soon as we can.”