It looks like there won’t be a cage fight between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, and that probably means we can all breathe a sigh of relief together. Meta founder and CEO Zuckerberg announced the news on threadswhere he said, “I think we can all agree that Elon is not serious and it’s time to move on.”
Zuck added that despite his best efforts, Musk only offered a number of excuses to delay any type of fight. He added: “I offered a real date. Dana White offered to turn it into a legitimate charity competition. Elon won’t confirm an appointment, then says he needs surgery and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead.”
At the risk of stating the obvious, Zuckerberg concluded by pointing out that if Musk ever changes his mind, it’s easy to get in touch with Musk. He continued, “If Elon is ever serious about a real date and an official event, he knows how to reach me. Otherwise, it’s time to move on.”
That doesn’t mean that Zuckerberg is leaving the MMA world. In fact, he further confirmed that he intends to continue training and fighting. He wrote, “I will focus on competing with people who take the sport seriously.”
Do you hear that Musk? I’m pretty sure he doesn’t mean you.
Musk sang a different song on Friday when he told his followers on X, “The fight is being managed by my foundation and Zuck’s (not UFC). The livestream will be on this platform and meta.”
Curiously, Musk added: “Everything in the camera image will show ancient Rome, so nothing modern at all.” I spoke to Italy’s prime minister and culture minister. They agreed on an epic place.”
He sort of clarified, adding vaguely, “Anything that’s done will pay respect to Italy’s past and present.” One can only guess that Musk intended to do so lions, tigers and elephants in the battle.
Musk also detailed his ongoing health concerns, which appear to be the reason he will need surgery before he and Zuckerberg can properly pull through. When asked about an MRI he recently underwent, Musk replied, “I spent three hours in an MRI machine on Monday. Bottom line my C5/C6 fusion is solid so no problem.”
He added: “However, there is an issue with my right shoulder blade rubbing against my ribs, which requires minor surgery. Recovery will only take a few months.”
The journalist Walter Isaacson, who happened to be I have a book about Musk which came out in September, also chimed in on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of a series of texts Musk had sent to Zuckerberg about the fight.
In the first text, Musk asked Zuck if the pair could have a “practice match” at Zuckerberg’s home. The meta-leader was quick to tell his potential rival that Musk “needs to train himself and let me know when he’s ready to compete.”
Musk wrote back right away, writing, “I’ll be in Palo Alto on Monday. Let’s fight in your octagon.” He was quick to point out that Zuckerberg shouldn’t expect too much of him, adding, “I haven’t practiced much aside from a brief fight with Lex Fridman.” Fridman, a scientist and podcaster , actively trains in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA.
Unsurprisingly, once again, it seems like Musk doesn’t feel committed to much more than himself.