There has been news circulating that Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have agreed to participate in a cage match. Elon Musk posted on Twitter that he is interested in taking part in the fight, to which Mark Zuckerberg responded with a screenshot of the tweet and the phrase “send me location”.
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“The story speaks for itself,” a Meta spokesperson told the BBC.
Mr Musk then replied to Mr Zuckerberg’s response with: “Vegas Octagon.”
The Octagon is the competition mat and fenced-in area used for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts. The UFC is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mr 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 later tweeted short videos of walruses, perhaps suggesting his challenge to Mr Zuckerberg may not entirely be serious.
He also tweeted: “I almost never work out, except for picking up my kids & throwing them in the air.”
Meanwhile, 39-year-old Mr Zuckerberg has already been training in mixed martial arts (MMA) and has recently won jiu-jitsu tournaments.
The BBC reached out to Twitter for a statement but did not receive a response. The online exchanges between social media users regarding a hypothetical fight between two tech bosses have become highly popular, with many sharing memes featuring mock posters promoting the event. One such example is a tweet from business consultant Seyi Taylor, who shared pictures of the two leaders and asked followers to “Choose your fighter”.
Broadcaster and fight sports journalist Nick Peet told the BBC’s World at One program that Dana White, the president of the UFC, would be “licking his lips at the possibility of putting this fight on”.
He said he thought there was a decent chance it could actually go ahead, “mostly because of Elon Musk and his personality and his eccentric character. His career kind of suggests he’s not somebody who willingly steps down.”
However, asked who he thought would come out on top, he replied: “Zuckerberg all day! He’s 12 years younger. He is a lot smaller. I think he’s 5ft 7, Elon’s probably around 6ft. And Elon’s probably got a couple of stone in weight on him.
“But unfortunately Mr Musk has got no training whatsoever. Even though Zuckerberg’s only been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu for 18 months, it wouldn’t be difficult for him to take his back, wrap his arms around his neck and give him a good old cuddle and choke him out!”