Everything About the Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg “Cage Fight”


Last Updated on 2023-06-27 , 10:28 am

As business rivals, a social media showdown between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg wouldn’t be a surprise.

But nobody expected the tech chiefs to challenge each other to a cage fight (they’re not KSI or Logan Paul after all).

Musk even proposed for the fight to be held at the Vegas Octagon.

If you weren’t aware, that’s where the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is held.

The saga is giving 1990s school gangster vibes.

A Literal Twitter vs Instagram

The exchange occurred on 21 June.

It all started when a Twitter user posted that Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, might soon reveal a new rival to Twitter (Meta copying others’ idea; what’s new?).

According to him, rumours say this new rival will be called “Threads”.

Image: Twitter (@MarioNawfal)

Musk responded, “I’m sure Earth can’t wait to be exclusively under Zuck’s thumb with no other options.”

Image: Twitter (@elonmusk)

It’s a no-brainer that Musk is referring to Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meta, in this tweet. 

When a Twitter user told Musk to “be careful” as Zuckerberg “does ju jitsu” now, Musk tweeted, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.”

Image: Twitter (@elonmusk)

According to the BBC, Facebook co-founder Zuckerberg replied to Musk’s challenge on his Instagram story later that day.

Posting a screenshot of the tweet, Zuckerberg wrote, “Send me location.”

Image: Instagram (@zuck)

With both tech chiefs using their own platforms to respond to each other, it’s literally “Twitter vs Instagram”.

When the BBC contacted Meta for comment, a spokesperson said, “The [Instagram] story speaks for itself.”


On the other hand, The New York Times reported that Twitter auto-responded to a request for comment with a poop emoji.

Is This a Joke?

Honestly? The tech chiefs may just be trolling the internet.

In particular, Musk followed up on his comments with a tweet stating, “I have this great move that I call ‘The Walrus’, where I just lie on top of my opponent and do nothing.”

That sounds pretty anti-climatic for a move called “The Walrus”.


He also tweeted some GIFs of walruses, making it even more uncertain if he is being serious about fighting Zuckerberg.

In addition, Musk has a history of making statements that never happen.

In 2017, he tweeted that he had “verbal government approval” for a train system to connect New York City with Washington DC, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Clearly, this train system has yet to become a reality.


In April 2023, he told the BBC that he had made his dog the CEO of Twitter. Wait, that might be true, but anyways.

Musk has, however, kept to some of his promises.

For instance, he stepped down as Twitter CEO in June 2023 after Twitter users voted in favour of his resignation.

Notably, it was Musk himself who started the poll.


Beef Between Musk and Zuckerberg

This isn’t the first time that the billionaires have clashed.

In 2017, Musk and Zuckerberg engaged in a public feud over the future of artificial intelligence (AI).

Musk has repeatedly warned the world about the dangers of AI.

He even called it a potential existential threat to humankind.

On the other end of the spectrum, Zuckerberg is optimistic about the future of AI.

Although Zuckerberg has worked on developing AI before, Musk tweeted on 25 July 2017, “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”

In 2014, Zuckerberg invited Musk to a dinner at his home to try and convince him that he was being an AI doomsayer.


He failed to change Musk’s mind.

Who Would Win the Cage Fight?

Once again, no one is certain.

While Musk surpasses Zuckerberg in size, the Meta CEO does indeed practice jiu-jitsu.

Just days before the cage fight exchange, Zuckerberg posted a video of himself learning jiu-jitsu with five-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) black belt World Champion Michael Musumeci.


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A post shared by Mark Zuckerberg (@zuck)

He even won a gold medal and a silver medal in his first jiu-jitsu tournament, according to an Instagram post posted on 7 May.


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A post shared by Mark Zuckerberg (@zuck)

The BBC also noted that the 39-year-old has been training in mixed martial arts (MMA). 

Meanwhile, Musk tweeted, “I almost never work out, except for picking up my kids and throwing them in the air.”