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Midnight Mania! Gordon Ryan mocks Mark Zuckerberg after joining forces with Elon Musk: ‘Your move, cowboy’

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Mark Zuckerberg may have more martial arts experience than Elon Musk, but the Tesla CEO is calling in the big guns. Last week, Musk was seen training with podcaster and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Lex Fridman. He’s still rolling with Fridman, but now, Musk is sharing the mats with Brazilian jiu-jitsu visionary John Danaher as well as all-time great MMA legend Georges St. Pierre.

A bit of background for those who don’t know: Danaher is a legend in the jiu-jitsu community. He’s coached many of the best grapplers in the world, as well as fighters like “GSP,” to great success. Most notably, he was the head coach behind the Danaher Death Squad, a collective of no-gi grapplers that dominated the scene for several years before their break up in 2021.

The biggest star of the Danaher Death Squad was Gordon Ryan, who remains a trainee of Danaher. Though he’s faced serious health issues, Ryan still hasn’t lost a match in many years and is one of the most accomplished grapplers of all time. He’s also Team Musk, sharing the training photo above and poking at Zuckerberg.

“Your move, cowboy,” Ryan prodded.

Zuckerberg was recently seen with training with BJJ world champion Mikey Musumeci, so he’s not totally outgunned. He’s also been offered elite MMA training from former world champions, so if nothing else, the “laughing stock” fight could produce some world-class corner teams!

On a more realistic note, a jiu-jitsu match between the two seems a whole lot more feasible than an MMA fight.


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This is someone’s last night reading Midnight Mania with all 10 of their fingers. Godspeed, Maniacs!

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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