Elon Musk pointed out that his possible fight in person with Mark Zuckerberg will be broadcast on his social network Xformerly known as Twitter.
The two tech billionaires reportedly agreed in late June to go head-to-head in a “cage match.” Zuckerberg is trained in mixed martial arts, and the CEO of Facebook’s parent company Meta posted earlier this year that he had completed his first jiu-jitsu tournament.
“The fight between Zuck and Musk will be broadcast live on X”, Musk wrote in a post Sunday on the platform. “All proceeds will go to veterans’ charities.”
Musk had commented earlier on Sunday that he was training for the fight by lifting weights.
“I don’t have time to work out so I bring them to work,” Musk wrote.
Whether Musk and Zuckerberg will meet in Las Vegas remains to be seen., especially since Musk often tweets about actions prematurely or without fulfilling them. But even if his cage fighting arrangement is a joke, he has turned heads.
It all started when Musk, the owner of X, responded to a tweet that Meta was preparing to launch a new Twitter rival called Threads. He mocked that the world was “solely under Zuck’s thumb with no other options”but then a Twitter user jokingly warned Musk about Zuckerberg’s jiu-jitsu training.
“I’m in for a cage match if he is too,” Musk wrote.
In direct competition, since the premiere of Threads by Meta, which uses the same functions as X and has 120 million users since its launch in early July according to Quiver Quantitative, Zuckerberg and Musk have multiplied more or less harsh exchanges.
The representatives of X, Meta and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which owns the venue where the fight might take place, did not respond to emails seeking comment.
According to the specialized press, the president of the UFC mixed martial arts company, Dana White, has been mediating between the two.
For her part, the executive director of the social network, Linda Yaccarino, commented today that she would release her schedule for that fight, which was first announced in June.
However, for the moment, Zuckerberg has not commented on it on his social networks -Facebook, Instagram and Threads-.
Musk’s move to broadcast the fight live on X stems from his intention to turn the platform into a “digital plaza.” However, his highly publicized Twitter Spaces launch event in May with the Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis announcing his candidacy for the presidency had technical problems and a delay of almost half an hour.
Musk claimed that the problems were due to the “overload” of the servers by the large number of people trying to listen to the event, which was audio only. But even at its peak, the number of recorded listeners was around 420,000, far from the millions of viewers that televised presidential spots attract.
After buying Twitter for 44,000 million dollars, Musk carried out massive layoffs at the company and reopened the platform to conspiratorial accounts, resulting in lost ad revenue.
(With information from AP, EFE and AFP)
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