Are Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg going to cage-fight?
Is there an unexpected showdown brewing between two of tech’s top titans? Well, that’s what it looked like this week when SpaceX and Twitter CEO Elon Musk and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg seemed to agree to an octagonal altercation.
In a Twitter thread, Musk entertained the idea of a face-off with Zuckerberg, with the phrase, “I’m up for a cage match if he is,” bouncing off his keyboard and onto the Internet. Zuckerberg, who’s recently made waves with his jiu jitsu prowess, took the bait and signaled his readiness with a succinct “send me location,” on an Instagram story.
Musk, never one to back down, countered with “Vegas Octagon”, hinting at a potential MMA-styled showdown. He also added a quirky twist, teasing a move he dubs ‘The Walrus’, which apparently involves lying on top of his opponent and doing, well, nothing.
This peculiar exchange was a follow-up to Musk’s less-than-subtle jab at Zuckerberg’s recent moves in tech, hinting at a world under “Zuck’s thumb with no other options”. Given that Zuckerberg just won gold and silver medals at his first jiu-jitsu tournament, a Twitter user warned Musk to tread carefully.
Meta’s New Moves
Meanwhile, in the virtual world, Zuckerberg’s tech powerhouse Meta is reportedly working on a Twitter competitor, potentially named Threads. According to a report from The Verge, Meta has been courting high-profile personalities, including Oprah, to be early users. This move, described by Meta’s chief product officer Chris Cox as a “response to Twitter,” adds another layer to the Musk-Zuckerberg rivalry.
Zuckerberg’s jiu-jitsu journey has been a recent highlight on his social media channels, including photos of him posing with other competitors and celebrating victories. Trained by the team at Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu, a San Jose-based company that offers beginner and advanced training for all ages, Zuckerberg has quickly evolved from tech titan to jiu-jitsu enthusiast.
This Musk-Zuckerberg banter has sparked speculation and excitement online, with fans taking to comment sections and proposing potential matchups. From “Mark vs Elon” to even a potential clash between Zuckerberg and actor Tom Hardy, who recently bagged a gold medal at a UK jiu-jitsu competition, the hype is real.
From starting Facebook in his Harvard dorm in 2004, evolving it into the parent company Meta, and now transitioning into a jiu-jitsu medalist, Zuckerberg’s journey continues to fascinate the public. This new dynamic between him and Musk only adds to the intrigue.
As the online chatter builds and the speculation spirals, one can’t help but wonder: will this battle of the billionaires actually happen, or is it just a playful repartee? Who will throw the first punch – or, in this case, the first tweet?
And most importantly, will we see Musk’s ‘Walrus’ move in action? So, are we all just spectators in a high-stakes tech tycoon tussle or simply being teased by a couple of billionaires having a bit of banter? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?