Mark Zuckerberg has waved off the idea of a rumored cage fight with Elon Musk, quipping that the Tesla titan “isn’t serious” about it.
The clash between these billionaire tech titans initially ignited in June when Musk tweeted his willingness to engage in a cage fight. Zuckerberg, the mastermind behind Facebook and Instagram, responded by asking Musk to “send me location” after sharing a screenshot of the tweet.
However, Zuckerberg later took to the social media platform Threads to deflate the tension, stating, “I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious and it’s time to move on. I offered a real date. Dana White (UFC boss) offered to make this a legit competition for charity.”
He went on to recount Musk’s wavering commitment, noting, “Elon won’t confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead. If Elon ever gets serious about a real date and official event, he knows how to reach me. Otherwise, time to move on. I’m going to focus on competing with people who take the sport seriously.”
Musk, known for his whimsical online presence, hinted at an “epic location” in Italy for the fight, even mentioning discussions with the Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni. Streaming options and an ancient backdrop were part of Musk’s imaginative vision.
This banter follows heightened tensions between the two billionaires’ companies after Meta, led by Zuckerberg, launched the text-based conversation app Threads in July. Twitter, under Musk’s leadership and now renamed X, issued a cease-and-desist letter, alleging the “unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.”
While the cage match won’t be materializing, it’s worth noting that Zuckerberg’s martial arts training and Musk’s unconventional workout routine have contributed to the colorful discourse. In the end, the playful rivalry serves as a reminder that even in the world of tech giants, a little competitive banter can make headlines.