Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears to be getting antsy about his much-hyped billionaires' brawl with X CEO Elon Musk and is admittedly looking to "move on."
Zuckerberg, 5'7" tall and weighing in at roughly 155 lb, wrote in a recent text message to his would-be South African opponent, "If you still want to do 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," added the tech magnate.
Musk, 52, weighing an estimated 187 lbs. and towering over Zuckerberg at 6'2", seized upon his prospective opponent's sense of urgency, telling him, "I will be in Palo Alto on Monday. Let's fight in your Octagon," referencing the octagon ring the Meta CEO reportedly built in his back yard.
"I have not been practicing much, apart from a brief bout with Lex Fridman today," continued Musk, who stated earlier this month that he might need to undergo surgery prior to fighting. "While I think it is very unlikely, given our size difference, perhaps you are a modern day Bruce Lee and will somehow win."
Computer scientist and podcaster Lex Fridman has sparred with both billionaires and
at Musk's "strength, power and skill, on the feet and on the ground." However, Fridman recommends that the billionaires and the world at large would be better served if they focused their energies on something besides fisticuffs.
"I offered a real date. Dana White offered to make this a legit competition for charity," wrote Zuckerberg. "Elon won't confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead."
Last week, UFC President Dana White indicated he had spoken to Italy's minister of culture about hosting the bout at the Colosseum in Rome. White suggested that a fight in the historic arena where gladiators and martyrs breathed their last could generate over $1 billion in revenue.
CNN reported that the event will be streamed on X, according to Musk, although Zuckerberg suggested they should "use a more reliable platform that can actually raise money for charity."
that the proceeds will go to a charity for veterans.
Noting that Musk knows how to reach him if he "ever gets serious," Zuckerberg further stressed Sunday it's otherwise "time to move on."
Musk responded with, "Zuck is a chicken," adding , "Can't wait to bang on his door tomorrow."
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