The proposed ‘fight’ between Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to be going down the rabbit hole.
Zuckerberg has now said that he has moved past the idea of the cage fight after Musk’s non-serious attitude towards it.
The two tech billionaires had decided to fight it out in June, with Musk tweeting his willingness to participate. Even as Zuckerberg had asked about the venue for the much-hyped fight, Musk had hinted that the fight might happen in an iconic location in Italy. He discussed streaming options and an ancient backdrop for the event, even claiming to have spoken with the Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni.
However, in a recent post on his social media platform Threads, Zuckerberg said, “I believe we can all agree that Elon isn’t actually serious about this, and it’s time to let it go. I proposed a genuine date, and Dana White (the UFC boss) even offered to turn this into a legitimate charity event.”
Musk’s response, according to Zuckerberg, has been inconsistent. “Elon won’t confirm a date, initially mentions needing surgery, and now suggests practicing in my backyard instead. If Elon decides to genuinely commit to a proper date and an official event, he knows how to contact me. Otherwise, it’s best to move forward. I’ll be focusing on competing with those who are truly dedicated to the sport.”
Tensions between the two tech giants’ companies have escalated since Zuckerberg’s Meta launched Threads, a text-based conversation app, in July. Twitter took action by sending a cease-and-desist letter to Zuckerberg, alleging that Meta had improperly used Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property.
Zuckerberg, who has experience in mixed martial arts, shared his participation in his first jiu-jitsu tournament earlier this year. Meanwhile, Musk mentioned his training for the fight, which involves lifting weights at work due to time constraints. He shared on X, “I don’t have time to hit the gym, so I bring the gym to work.”