The highly anticipated mixed martial arts (MMA) bout between tech titans Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg has captured the attention of both fight enthusiasts and those far removed from the sport. However, recent developments have cast doubt on the realization of this unusual showdown, as a text message exchange between the CEOs reveals potential discord.

A Clash of Titans and Mixed Messages

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have been teasing a possible MMA bout for months, sparking interest among fans and non-fans of the sport alike. The idea of two business moguls stepping into the octagon has ignited curiosity and intrigue, with many wondering if the clash would actually materialize. Yet, a recent text message exchange between the two has raised questions about the likelihood of the bout ever taking place.

The exchange began with Musk suggesting a practice bout at his house, prompting Zuckerberg to respond with a stern stance:

“If you want to a real MMA fight, then you should train on your own and let me know when you’re ready to compete. I don’t want to keep hyping something that will never happen, so you should either decide you’re going to do this and do it soon, or we should move on.”

Musk’s response displayed a mix of humor and willingness to participate:

“I will be in Palo Alto on Monday. Let’s fight in your Octagon. I have not been practicing much, apart from a brief bout with Lex Fridman today. While I think it is very unlikely, given our size difference, perhaps you are a modern-day Bruce Lee and will somehow win.”

Potential for Promotion and Disagreement

While the feud between Musk and Zuckerberg has drawn attention, the involvement of UFC President Dana White adds another layer of intrigue. White expressed interest in promoting the bout, amplifying excitement among MMA fans. However, Musk’s recent tweet indicated that the bout might not involve the UFC, and he outlined grand plans for its execution:

“The fight will be managed by my and Zuck’s foundations (not UFC). Livestream will be on this platform and Meta. Everything in camera frame will be ancient Rome, so nothing modern at all. I spoke to the PM of Italy and Minister of Culture. They have agreed on an epic location.”

Zuckerberg swiftly responded on social media, refuting Musk’s claims and asserting that no agreements had been reached. Furthermore, he expressed interest in leveraging the promotional reach of established MMA organizations like the UFC or ONE Championship to bring the fight to a wider audience.


The potential MMA bout between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, once a whimsical idea that caught the imagination of many, now stands at a crossroads. The recent exchange of text messages and the subsequent public disagreement over the potential promotion of the fight have cast uncertainty over its fate. Whether it becomes a reality or remains a tantalizing what-if, the saga continues to captivate observers, shedding light on the intersection of personal ambition, celebrity status, and the world of sports. As the tech moguls grapple both in and outside the octagon of public opinion, their unique rivalry remains a story to watch closely.