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Midnight Mania! Mark Zuckerberg wants Musk fight under UFC or One banner: ‘Not holding my breath for Elon’


Welcome to Midnight Mania!

The development of this absurd billionaire CEO super fight between Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk has enough twist and turns to serve as a sequel to 2010’s The Social Network. Somebody get David Fincher on the line!

In the most recent update to our saga, Musk clearly stated he was breaking free of UFC and Dana White’s grasp. Instead, Musk intends that he and Zuckerberg stream the bout on their own social media platforms, X.com (it’s still Twitter to me, dammit) and Facebook. He also hinted at Italy’s colosseum as the location, while also bragging about lifting weights directly before admitting he may need back surgery.

Got all that?

Well, Zuckerberg has now responded via his account on Threads, and it seems like the two are not at all on the same page. In fact, Zuckerberg says to disregard anything Musk says as unconfirmed! He explains that he wants to promote the athletes, and that can only be done by pairing with a top-notch promotion.

“I love this sport and I’ve been ready to fight since the day Elon challenged me.” Zuckerberg began. “If he ever agrees on an actual date, you’ll hear it from me. Until then, please assume anything he says has not been agreed on.

Not holding my breath for Elon, but I’ll share details on my next fight when I’m ready. When I compete, I want to do it in a way that puts a spotlight on the elite athletes at the top of the game. You do that by working with professional orgs like the UFC or ONE to pull this off well and create a great card.”

If nothing else, Zuckerberg also appears willing to compete against someone else if and when Musk decides fisticuffs aren’t for him. UFC may not do gimmick fights, but if they were willing to book CM Punk, I have to imagine they’ll make an exception for the Facebook founder as well.

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.




This story originally appeared on MMA Mania

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