UFC president Dana White revealed that Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have expressed their commitment to fighting inside the Octagon.
After Twitter CEO Musk suggested a “cage match” against the Facebook co-founder on Wednesday, the absurdity began. On Instagram, a Meta-owned social media site, Zuckerberg responded and appeared to accept Musk’s challenge.
A Meta spokesperson said “the story speaks for itself”. Musk replied to a tweet detailing the story and proposed a fight in a “Vegas Octagon.” The Octagon is the official name for the mixed martial arts cage used by the UFC. White claims he has been in contact with Musk and Zuckerberg about the proposed fight.
“[I] talked with Mark and Elon last night,” Dana White told TMZ Sports on Thursday. “Both guys are absolutely dead serious about this.
“The biggest fight of all time was Floyd [Mayweather] and Conor [McGregor], I just think it triples that — it triples what that did, there’s no limit on what that thing can make.”
White’s perceived interest in the fight makes sense financially, but it’s rich considering White recently lamented boxers for pursuing gimmicky fights such as Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz and a rumored Francis Ngannou vs. Deontay Wilder bout.
“That’s one of the big problems with boxing right now,” White said at a press conference in May. “It’s all about these gimmicky-type fights. And that’s just not what I do here. I put on fights with the best fighters in the world and fights that people want to see.”
Zuckerberg has been reaching into the MMA bubble lately as a fan who trains in martial arts disciplines. Zuckerberg, who actively attends UFC events, recently participated in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event.