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Billionaire Elon Musk has again challenged Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg for a cage fight, accusing him of not accepting the challenge. In June, the tech leaders first sparked conversations about the potential MMA-style clash in a series of back-and-forth messages on their platforms. The X owner later claimed he was joking about the whole thing, but the fight idea has continued to gain traction online.
The two billionaires compete to create the next generation of short-form, text-centric social media sites. Zuckerberg’s new project, Threads, launched Wednesday and is already attracting several prominent users. It also bears an unmistakable resemblance to Twitter, which has riled Musk in recent weeks.
Aside from his moonshots in the space and electric car businesses, Musk is CEO of Neuralink, which aims to connect human brains directly to computers, and founder of The Boring Company, which builds fast tunneling technology to alleviate soul-crushing traffic congestion. He’s also a proponent of the Paleo diet, a strict version of the Atkins diet that excludes most dairy and grains.
Despite the apparent joking, a fight between Musk and Zuckerberg would not be without risk. The tech leaders have vastly different fighting styles. While it’s hard to imagine either of them being able to take an unarmed opponent to the ground, Zuckerberg has begun training in Brazilian jiujitsu during the pandemic and won two medals at his first tournament earlier this year. He also boasted of participating in “real hardcore street fights” as a teenager growing up in South Africa.
The two companies have several business partnerships, but their disputes over the internet complicate their relationship. The X founders share ownership of the platform but have different visions for its future. Musk is more focused on building a new generation of mass transportation, while Zuckerberg wants to make the world a better place through his social network.
The ribbing between the pair has gone viral as fans of both brands have begun debating who would win a hypothetical battle and posting memes, including mocked-up posters advertising the event. Some have even called for high-profile podcaster and former mixed martial arts fighter Joe Rogan, who has interviewed both men on his popular The Joe Rogan Experience show, to referee the proceedings.