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The development of this absurd billionaire CEO super fight between Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk has enough twist and turns to serve as a sequel to 2010’s The Social Network. Somebody get David Fincher on the line!
In the most recent update to our saga, Musk clearly stated he was breaking free of UFC and Dana White’s grasp. Instead, Musk intends that he and Zuckerberg stream the bout on their own social media platforms, X.com (it’s still Twitter to me, dammit) and Facebook. He also hinted at Italy’s colosseum as the location, while also bragging about lifting weights directly before admitting he may need back surgery.
Got all that?
Well, Zuckerberg has now responded via his account on Threads, and it seems like the two are not at all on the same page. In fact, Zuckerberg says to disregard anything Musk says as unconfirmed! He explains that he wants to promote the athletes, and that can only be done by pairing with a top-notch promotion.
“I love this sport and I’ve been ready to fight since the day Elon challenged me.” Zuckerberg began. “If he ever agrees on an actual date, you’ll hear it from me. Until then, please assume anything he says has not been agreed on.
Not holding my breath for Elon, but I’ll share details on my next fight when I’m ready. When I compete, I want to do it in a way that puts a spotlight on the elite athletes at the top of the game. You do that by working with professional orgs like the UFC or ONE to pull this off well and create a great card.”
If nothing else, Zuckerberg also appears willing to compete against someone else if and when Musk decides fisticuffs aren’t for him. UFC may not do gimmick fights, but if they were willing to book CM Punk, I have to imagine they’ll make an exception for the Facebook founder as well.
Fernand Lopez, head coach of MMA Factory, is now in charge of European matchmaking for PFL. There’s no way that could create a conflict of interest, right?
6️⃣ Matchmaker avec le PFL :— MMA PROPAGANDE (@MMAPropagande) March 9, 2023
Eh oui, le PFL souhaite développer le MMA en Europe ET également en Afrique et Fernand Lopez collabore avec le PFL et déniche des talents pour cette belle organisation novatrice. pic.twitter.com/Rr52QKxdyP
Respectfully, Mike Tyson’s entire podcast revolves around getting super baked. The occasional inaccuracy is expected!
Dana White couldn't remember Henry Cejudo's name, and Mike Tyson called him Henry Oruda (Henry used to be the co-host of Mike's podcast). pic.twitter.com/KUsxKT37f1— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) August 10, 2023
This is the kind of analysis and insight I strive to achieve.
Ass fat as shit, training in CONCRETE W SHOES ON— (@uhvaimorre) August 10, 2023
Working on boxing combinations?
yeah man Cruz is done pic.twitter.com/QdmOhDdtAe
I’m fully on board the Basharat brothers hype train. Are you?
I hardly ever cheer for fighters being released (notable exception being Sam Alvey), but Mandy Bohm’s last performance opposite Ji Yeon Kim was pitiful. A rare case where both were cut afterward ... someone needs to book the rematch ASAP!
❌ Fighter removed: Mandy Bohm— UFC Roster Watch (@UFCRosterWatch) August 10, 2023
UFC’s loss is PFL’s gain, “The Lazy King” is awesome!
OFFICIAL: Abdoul Abdouraguimov (@LazyKingMMA) is PFL bound!— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 10, 2023
He will debut against Quemuel Ottoni in the #PFLParis Co-Main Event on Sat, Sept 30th!
+ Abdoul will join the Global Roster for the 2024 PFL Season pic.twitter.com/MYlVm7ecj1
Wall wrestling is my favorite thing to train. It’s an entirely different game from any other kind of grappling, solely unique to MMA.
Olympic wrestlers getting taken down against the cage— schwick (@schwick6) August 10, 2023
MMA wrestling is a different ball game pic.twitter.com/0enOyQm7O6
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Fedor was so freaking fast.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Gary Goodridge— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) August 10, 2023
PRIDE Total Elimination 2003https://t.co/QrVY1Y4wos
This crowd POPPED for the KO!
If One Championship doesn’t run out of money first, 4 oz. gloved Muay Thai is going to be absolutely massive.
Critical thinking in action.
Midnight Music: Soft rock, 1979
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.