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Elon Musk vs. Mark Zuckerberg Fight

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Overview

Elon Musk vs. Mark Zuckerberg Fight, commonly referred to as Musk vs. Zuck, is a possible cage match between tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, which was suggested by Musk and accepted by Zuckerberg in June 2023 after the idea was put forward on social media. The rumored fight between the two high-profile individuals resulted in viral discourse, memes and media coverage as word spread online.

Background

On June 20th, 2023, Twitter user @MarioNawfal tweeted[1] about Meta, the technology company founded and headed by Mark Zuckerberg, planning to release a Twitter rival called Threads. In the thread, tech billionaire Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, seemingly proposed a cage fight with Zuckerberg after being prompted to do so by user @kwmarkoff26656.[2] The tweet received over 510 retweets and 5,900 likes in one day.


Elon Musk Subscribed I'm sure Earth can't wait to be exclusively under Zuck's thumb with no other options. At least it will be "sane". Was worried there for a moment ₁958.8K 1,151 @elonmusk. Jun 20 24 Elon Musk βœ” βœ” @elonmusk Subscribed 1,323 Kwmarkoff@aol.com @kwmarkoff26656 Jun 20 Better be careful @elonmusk I heard he does the ju jitsu now 22 17.1K I'm up for a cage match if he is lol 11:50 PM . Jun 20, 2023 361.2K Views 652 ↑ il 102.7K ↑ ...

On June 21st, Mark Zuckerberg then posted[3] a screenshot of Musk's tweet in his Instagram story, captioning it "Send me location", possibly in reference to a catchphrase coined by UFC and MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.


THOOD LIBERTY 2005 Elon Musk & @elonmusk Β· 19h Replying to @kwmarkoff26656 and @MarioNawfal I'm up for a cage match if he is lol 504 1390 4,252 216K Penny2x @imPenny2x 5 Replying to @elonmusk @kwmarkoff26656 and @MarioNawfal Lol I love you Elon but you better start training 8:51 PM - 20 Jun 23 4,269 Views Send Me Location youtu.be/aEL : Tweet your reply @

Developments

On June 21st, 2023, The Verge[4] editor Alex Heath received a confirmation that Zuckerberg's message was serious from a Meta spokesperson. The tweet[5] (shown below) received over 3,000 retweets and 25,200 likes in less than a day.


Alex Heath @alexeheath I've confirmed that Mark Zuckerberg is serious about fighting @elonmusk and is now waiting on the details (if Musk decides to follow through) "The story speaks for itself," a Meta spokesperson says re: Zuck's IG post saying "send me location" theverge.com Mark Zuckerberg is ready to fight Elon Musk in a cage match The ball is now in Musk's court. : 9:06 PM Jun 21, 2023 12.3M Views

Later on June 21st, Elon Musk then wrote[6] "Vegas Octagon" in a reply to Heath's tweet, meaning The Octagon at the UFC APEX center in Enterprise, Nevada (tweet shown below).


Elon Musk Vegas Octagon @elonmusk 9h 5,936 t 7,031 Elon Musk @elonmusk 92.3K ₁6.6M ←] I have this great move that I call "The Walrus", where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing 10:22 PM Jun 21, 2023 809.6K Views

Elon Musk's Mother "Cancels" the Fight

On June 22nd, 2023, Elon Musk's mother Maye Musk wrote that she "cancelled" the fight on Twitter.[10] The tweet (shown below) gained over 800 retweets and 11,700 likes in five days.


Maye Musk @mayemusk Actually, I canceled the fight. I haven't told them yet. But I will continue to say the fight is canceled, just in case... @alifarh... Jun 22 Not Jerome Po... Replying to @mayemusk 6:05 PM Jun 22, 2023 3.2M Views

On June 23rd, Sportsmanor posted[11] an article based on Maye Musk's tweets, writing that Elon Musk's mother had pulled the plug on the potential fight.

On June 26th, 2023, Twitter[12] user @JetsenSunday posted a snippet of the article, commenting, "Elon is like 'I would totally kick your ass in a no rules streetfight, but my mom said no'." The tweet (shown below, left) received over 8,000 retweets and 63,000 likes in one day.


G Jet Seň Sunday @JetsenSunday Elon is like "I would totally kick your ass in a no rules streetfight, but my mom said no" "The Fight Has Been Cancelled" - Elon Musk's Mother Pulls the Plug on Dana White's UFC Plan For Her Son and Mark Zuckerberg by Pankti Parmar June 23, 2023, 02:58 PM Elon Musk with his mother Maye Musk (left) and Mark Zuck 12:26 AM Jun 26, 2023 2.4M Views (right) (Couron. I g Mollie Heckerling @mollieschmollie "I would totally kick your ass, but my mom won't let me," is perhaps the funniest outcome of this whole scenario. "The Fight Has Been Cancelled" Elon Musk's Mother Pulls the Plug on Dana White's UFC Plan For Her Son and Mark Zuckerberg by Pankti Parmar - June 23, 2023, 02:58 PM 12:25 PM. Jun 26, 2023 2.9M Views : β€”

Musk And Zuck Attempt To Arrange A Date

On August 6th, 2023, Musk announced via a post to X that the upcoming fight would be live-streamed on the platform and proceeds would go to charity (seen below left).[13] However, Musk did not name a specific date for the fight. Other posts from the same weekend showed Musk claiming both that he was lifting weights and that he might need back or neck surgery (seen below right).[14]


Elon Musk @elonmusk X Zuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on X. All proceeds will go to charity for veterans. 9:35 AM - Aug 6, 2023 58M Views 64.8K Retweets 10.5K Quotes 651K Likes 6,114 Bookmarks Subscribe Elon Musk @elonmusk X Subscribe Exact date is still in flux. I'm getting an MRI of my neck & upper back tomorrow. May require surgery before the fight can happen. Will know this week. 4:32 AM - Aug 7, 2023 757.2K Views 248 Retweets 334 Quotes 3,455 Likes 96 Bookmarks

For his part, Mark Zuckerberg sparred verbally with Musk on Threads, stating that X might not be "reliable" enough to livestream the video of the fight and that while he was set on August 26th as a date, Musk had been noncommittal (seen below left).[15] Zuckerberg mentioned Musk's old funding secured tweet, in which he had appeared to overpromise on his ability to take Tesla public (seen below right).[16]


zuck βœ” 6h I'm ready today. I suggested Aug 26 when he first challenged, but he hasn't confirmed. Not holding my breath. X Elon Musk X @elonmusk. 7h Am lifting weights throughout the day, preparing for the fight. Don't have time to work out, so I just bring them to work. 6,332 1 8,196 106K a 2 ₁10M ●●● : [β†’ + wongmjane β†’ Replying to @zuck is this also mutually agreed upon? Elon Musk X@elonmusk. 13h XZuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on X. All proceeds will go to charity for veterans. 22K t58.8K 13h Q 10 replies View likes ● 498K il₁40M ↑ zuck >> More like "funding secured" Qβ™‘ 68 replies View likes ... 13h : ...

Online Reactions

After Musk's challenge appeared to be accepted by Zuckerberg, the possibility of a fight between the two tech billionaires became a subject of viral discussions and memes on Twitter.

For example, on June 21st, 2023, Twitter[7] user @seyitaylor posted photographs of Mark Zuckerberg during a jiu-jitsu match and shirtless Elon Musk in Mykonos, commenting "choose your fighter." The tweet (shown below, left) received over 90 retweets and 430 likes in one day. On June 22nd, Twitter[8] user @SocDoneLeft made a tweet predicting Zuckerberg's victory, which received over 270 retweets and 9,800 likes in one day (shown below, right).


ST (∞, ∞) @seyitaylor choose your fighter MATCH 10:02 PM Jun 21, 2023 Β· 378.6K Views . . : SDL @SocDoneLeft there's like an 80% chance that Zuckerberg is going to give Musk a traumatic brain injury Alex Heath @alexeheath-2h I've confirmed that Mark Zuckerberg is serious about fighting @elonmusk and is now waiting on the details (if Musk decides to follow through) "The story speaks for itself," a Meta spokesperson says re: Zuck's IG post saying "send me location" theverge.com Mark Zuckerberg is ready to fight Elon Musk in a cage match The ball is now in Musk's court. 1,282 4,311 3,068 Elon Musk @elonmusk 1h Vegas Octagon β™‘ 10.5K 3,434 38.1K 4.5M β™‘ 9,607 1.8M ↑ 278.2K ↑ Elon Musk @elonmusk. 1h I have this great move that I call "The Walrus", where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing 1,187 1 774 *** 12:17 AM Jun 22, 2023 156.1K Views This article is more than 1 month old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wins medals on jiu-jitsu debut Tech billionaire, 38, surprises onlookers by winning gold and silver medal at tournament in Redwood City, California ● Mark Zuckerberg joins Tom Hardy on list of famous Brazilian jiu- jitsu fighters SCORE MATCH : Mark Zuckerberg at the tournament at the weekend. The Facebook boss reportedly got into jiu- jitsu during the pandemic. Photograph: @zuck Mark Zuckerberg is adding one more title to his rΓ©sumΓ©: medal-winning martial artist.

Dana White Interview

On June 22nd, 2023, UFC President Dana White was interviewed by TMZ Live[9] about the potential cage match between Zuckerberg and Musk, telling the outlet that he "talked with Mark and Elon last night, both guys are absolutely dead serious about this."

The interview was then uploaded to the TMZSports YouTube channel later that day, receiving over 61,000 views and 1,500 likes in roughly 24 hours (shown below).



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