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Billionaire brawl: all the latest on the cage match between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are going to have a cage match, or at least that’s what they’ve been telling the world. The whole thing started in June because of an internal Meta meeting recording The Verge heard, in which Meta chief product officer Chris Cox said Meta’s Twitter competitor Threads would be “sanely run” in a clear jab at Musk’s Twitter reign. When a Twitter user warned Musk about Zuckerberg’s jiu-jitsu training, Musk responded that he was “up for a cage match if he is lol.” Zuckerberg seemingly accepted in an Instagram post the same day.

We don’t know when, or even if, the match will happen. Nor is it even clear how much we should care. Musk is known for his constant shit-talking, and Zuckerberg, for his part, has been trying to rehabilitate his public image to look edgier. Neither of them is out in the woods punching trees as far as we know, I guess.

Musk tweeted “Vegas Octagon” in a reply to The Verge’s Alex Heath, adding in a second tweet, “I have this great move that I call ‘The Walrus’, where I just lie on top of my opponent and do nothing.” Now that’s extremely hardcore. Musk was also recently shown exercising with podcast host Lex Fridman and UFC champion Georges St-Pierre. Zuckerberg has also worked with Fridman, who has trained extensively in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Musk claims he wants the fight to be “full MMA,” and evidently, UFC president Dana White is mediating between the two and has suggested the proceeds go to charity.

TMZ reported that Italy’s minister of culture had reached out to Zuckerberg to offer the Roman Colosseum as a battleground, but the piece was later updated with a strongly worded denial from the Ministry of Culture’s office, saying “even if the news is tasty it is unfounded.”

Mark Zuckerberg is the current favorite to win on Sports Betting.

  • Richard Lawler

    Nov 3, 2023

    Richard Lawler

    Mark Zuckerberg is not fighting anyone any time soon.

    Meta’s CEO posted this picture to Instagram Friday night, saying, “Tore my ACL sparring and just got out of surgery.”

    He was apparently training for his next competitive MMA match. Recovery from this type of injury takes up to a year for professional athletes, so an executive closing in on 40 could be out of action for a while. On the plus side, maybe this will keep Elon Musk from randomly threatening to show up at Zuckerberg’s house for a brawl.


  • Casey Newton

    Aug 15, 2023

    Casey Newton

    Elon Musk keeps getting creepier

    A photo of Elon Musk over a purple illustration
    Elon Musk.
    Illustration by Lille Allen / The Verge

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  • Alex Heath

    Aug 14, 2023

    Alex Heath

    The Elon Musk versus Mark Zuckerberg beef has reached a new level of absurdity

    Photos of Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk side by side.
    Image: The Verge

    Now that the proposed cage match between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk isn’t going to happen, Musk is saying he will show up unannounced at Zuckerberg’s home to fight.

    “For the Tesla FSD test drive in Palo Alto tonight, I will ask the car to drive to @finkd’s house,” Musk posted today on X, or the service formerly called Twitter. “If we get lucky and Zuck my 👅 actually answers the door, the fight is on!”

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  • Wes Davis

    Aug 13, 2023

    Wes Davis

    Mark Zuckerberg says it’s ‘time to move on’ from the Elon Musk fight

    Black and white images of Elon Musk (left) and Mark Zuckerberg (right) superimposed on a wavy, orange-and-yellow checkerboard pattern.
    Image: The Verge

    Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Threads post today that “it’s time to move on” from Elon Musk’s cage fight antics. “We can all agree Elon isn’t serious,” he wrote, adding that the refusal of the X (formerly Twitter) owner to confirm a date and his offer to “do a practice round in my backyard instead” shows how unserious he is.

    This followed a pair of screenshots of text messages between the billionaires that were posted to X today by user DogeDesigner and, later, Musk himself. The thread showed Musk offering a “practice bout” next week at Zuckerberg’s house, to which Zuckerberg responded by telling Musk that if he wants a “real MMA fight” he should train on his own and let Zuck know when he’s “ready to compete.”

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  • Jay Peters

    Aug 11, 2023

    Jay Peters

    Zuckerberg says he’s ready to fight and that Elon keeps making things up

    The Verge

    Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Threads that he’s “ready to fight” X owner Elon Musk but not to believe that there’s a scheduled date until he confirms it.

    Musk claimed Friday morning that the fight would be livestreamed on X and “Meta,” and that everything you’d see on camera “will be ancient Rome.” Italy’s culture minister promptly indicated in a statement that the planning isn’t as far along as Musk suggests, nor will any event actually be held in Rome. Now Zuckerberg is indicating that the rest of the details are a surprise to him, too.

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  • Jay Peters

    Aug 11, 2023

    Jay Peters

    Shockingly, Musk’s latest tweets about The Fight may not have been totally accurate.

    The Italian government posted a statement from Italian culture minister Gennaro Sangiuliano about a conversation with Musk, and as explained by Fast Company, it differs a bit with Musk’s version of what to expect.


  • Jacob Kastrenakes

    Aug 11, 2023

    Jacob Kastrenakes

    The Colosseum rumor lives on.

    “Everything done will pay respect to the past and present of Italy,” Elon Musk wrote in an X post this morning. Does the Italian government know this? Does Mark Zuckerberg? I know where I’m putting my money.

    Meanwhile, Musk also mentioned needing shoulder surgery, which would certainly delay a fight. “Recovery will only take a few months,” Musk wrote.


  • Jacob Kastrenakes

    Aug 10, 2023

    Jacob Kastrenakes

    Some highlights from CNBC’s interview with X CEO Linda Yaccarino:

    -Yaccarino said she has “autonomy” under Elon. “[He] focuses on new technology ... and I’m responsible for the rest.”

    -She demurred on the Musk v Zuckerberg fight. “We’ll see if that cage match really does happen.”

    -But she said Elon really is training for it. “I’ve had a front row seat of witnessing that.”

    -As for Threads, she thinks Meta’s rival is skating to where the puck already is. “They may be building to what Twitter was ... and we’re focused on what X will be.”


  • Richard Lawler

    Aug 7, 2023

    Richard Lawler

    Elon Musk doesn’t have time to work out, but he might make time for neck surgery.

    The Twitter owner — who we can only assume is entirely, 100 percent, without a doubt, entirely serious about a cage match with Mark Zuckerberg — made several statements about the proposed cage match on Sunday.

    Ignore whether or not SpaceX has a permit for discharging wastewater from its most recent rocket test; instead, stay tuned to find out if the billionaire who is “lifting weights throughout the day” will have a doctor’s note for opting out of the proposed August 26th date.


    Elon Musk: “Am lifting weights throughout the day, preparing for the fight.   Don’t have time to work out, so I just bring them to work.”

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    Image: Elon Musk / X (Twitter)
  • Aug 6, 2023

    Wes Davis and Alex Heath

    Mark Zuckerberg is ‘not holding my breath’ for August 26th fight date with Elon Musk

    A photo of Mark Zuckerberg in his home gym with UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski.
    Zuckerberg recently shared photos of him training with UFC champions Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski.
    Mark Zuckerberg / Meta

    Mark Zuckerberg says he’s “ready today” to fight Elon Musk, and that although he suggested August 26th as the date for their cage match, Musk hasn’t confirmed.

    “Not holding my breath,” said Zuckerberg in a Sunday post on Threads that included a screenshot of Musk’s post on X / Twitter about lifting weights to prepare.

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  • Wes Davis

    Aug 6, 2023

    Wes Davis

    The cage match is back on: Musk says Zuck fight will ‘be live-streamed on X’

    Elon Musk grins in a photo illustration, lifting his arms over his head triumphantly
    Illustration by Kristen Radtke / The Verge; Getty Images

    Elon Musk and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s cage match will be livestreamed on Musk’s Twitter, which is currently rebranding to X, according to a post from Musk early this morning. Musk says the proceeds will go to charity for veterans.

    X / Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino reposted Musk’s tweet with a comment that she is clearing her calendar. According to Zuckerberg, though, Musk has yet to confirm his availability to fight later this month. “I’m ready today,” the Meta CEO posted on Sunday.

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  • Jay Peters

    Jul 28, 2023

    Jay Peters

    The Zuck v. Musk cage match may not happen after all.

    According to Reuters, when asked about the fight, Mark Zuckerberg told employees that he’s “not sure if it’s going to come together.”

    I’d rather not watch the two billionaires duke it out, so I’m honestly fine if it doesn’t.


  • Jay Peters

    Jun 28, 2023

    Jay Peters

    Elon Musk has trained with Lex Fridman.

    Seems like a way to prepare for the fight he agreed to do with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg has also trained with Fridman, who is a black belt in jiu jitsu.


  • Wes Davis

    Jun 25, 2023

    Wes Davis

    Elon Musk thinks his fight with Mark Zuckerberg “might actually happen.”

    In a Twitter Spaces session with Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance, at the 6:20 mark of the recording, Musk, who was at a friend’s birthday party, was asked about his proposed cage match with Zuckerberg (via Insider). Here’s an abridged transcript of the Spaces conversation:

    Vance: I would be remiss if I did not ask you about this cage match and how your training is going for that.

    Musk: Well, I haven’t started training yet, so... if it does happen, I will train.

    Vance: [Zuck] takes this stuff pretty seriously. This could go, this could go badly.

    Musk: Yeah that’s possible.

    Vance: Alright, we’ll go to space, unless you have other thoughts on the cage match.

    Musk: I mean I think it might actually happen.

    The roughly minute-long exchange preceded a discussion that touched on topics like SpaceX, Russia, and Starlink.


  • Jun 24, 2023

    Wes Davis and Richard Lawler

    Mark Zuckerberg wants more fans?

    A write-up in The Washington Post says the Zuck’s latest attempt at image rehabilitation (remember the “only eating meat from animals he’d personally killed” phase?) is, in part, a bid to win over Musk stans.

    Zuckerberg has appeared on podcasts hosted by provocateur Joe Rogan and AI researcher Lex Fridman, both popular among fans of Twitter owner Musk. He has posted sweaty action shots on Instagram displaying his jujitsu skills. And this week, he accepted Musk’s challenge to a cage fight after news reports on Meta creating a Twitter competitor.

    But Zuckerberg has really ramped it up over the past year, one of the people said, courting the same “tech bros” who have been captivated by Musk — who is suddenly Zuckerberg’s competition in more ways than one.

    The cage match between him and Musk may just be the most recent part of his new pitch, even before Instagram’s “sane” Twitter alternative arrives.


  • Alex Heath

    Jun 23, 2023

    Alex Heath

    Musk versus Zuckerberg at the Octagon

    Photos of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.
    Photo illustration by William Joel/The Verge; photos by Nathan Laine and Kevin Dietsch via Getty

    Mark Zuckerberg is the overwhelming favorite to beat Elon Musk in a cage match.

    Will it actually happen? Potentially, but not before Zuckerberg releases his Twitter competitor next month. I have more details on all that, plus takeaways from Figma’s annual Config conference — the Coachella for product designers — in downtown San Francisco this week. 

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  • Alex Heath

    Jun 22, 2023

    Alex Heath

    Mark Zuckerberg is ready to fight Elon Musk in a cage match

    Mark Zuckerberg posing with a weighted vest on.
    Zuckerberg says he recently completed “the Murph Challenge” workout in just under 40 minutes, which is insane.
    Mark Zuckerberg / Meta

    Here we go.

    After Elon Musk recently tweeted that he would be “up for a cage fight” with Zuckerberg, the Meta CEO shot back by posting a screenshot of Musk’s tweet with the caption “send me location.”

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