Elon Musk has stated that he may require surgery prior to a scheduled “cage match” with Mark Zuckerberg.
The two tech millionaires appear to have agreed to meet in person in late June. It’s unclear whether a physical fight will take place, but Musk and Zuckerberg have fuelled interest in the potential match through online jabs at one another, most recently on Sunday, when Musk said the fight would be live-streamed on his social media site X, formerly known as Twitter.
Musk also stated that the proceeds from the fight would benefit a veterans’ charity. “Shouldn’t we use a more reliable platform that can actually raise money for charity?” Zuckerberg responded on his Threads social media account. In a subsequent article, the CEO of Facebook’s parent company, Meta, stated that he is not “holding his breath” for a fight.
“I’m ready today. I suggested Aug 26 when he first challenged, but he hasn’t confirmed,” wrote Zuckerberg, who is actually trained in mixed martial arts and posted about completing his first jiu jitsu tournament earlier this year. “I love this sport and will continue competing with people who train no matter what happens here.”
Musk had previously stated that he was preparing for the fight by lifting weights. He later addressed the fight’s timetable, saying the date “is still in flux” due to a scheduled MRI and the possibility of surgery.
“I’m getting an MRI of my neck & upper back tomorrow,” Musk wrote Sunday night. “May require surgery before the fight can happen. Will know this week.”
The speculation about an in-person fight began in June, when Musk, who owns X, responded to a tweet about Meta preparing to launch a new Twitter rival called Threads. He made a remark about the globe becoming “exclusively under Zuck’s thumb with no other options,” but a Twitter user humorously reminded Musk about Zuckerberg’s jiu jitsu training.
“I’m up for a cage match if he is lol,” Musk said. Musk pitched the Vegas Octagon after Zuckerberg appeared to approve to the plan.
It remains to be seen whether Musk and Zuckerberg make it to the ring in Las Vegas — especially because Musk frequently tweets about action too soon or without following through. Even if their cage match arrangement is a prank, their banter drew attention. In response, an infinite sequence of memes and posts encouraging people to “pick their fighter” sprung up.