Musk spoke on a variety of subjects during a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, including why the much-discussed match between Zuckerberg and Musk hasn’t materialized.
When the UFC commentator and podcast host Joe Rogan inquired about the details and rumors, Musk explained:
“Zuck pulled out. He used the pullout method (laughs)… Listen I’m willing to; So he was like, Oh no, it’s got to be UFC rules. I’m like well, okay, we’re gonna have UFC rules in the colosseum. It’s fine, but we just don’t want to have it; You got to respect the historical integrity of the place… Yeah like the gladiator, you know. Come on.”
The clash between these two titans of the tech industry was first brought up in June when Zuck’s Meta launched Threads. It is a social media platform that appeared to be a direct competitor to Elon Musk’s X platform, formerly known as Twitter.
On his social media platform Threads in mid-August, Zuckerberg stated:
“Elon won’t confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead. If Elon ever gets serious about a real date and official event, he knows how to reach me. Otherwise, time to move on. I’m going to focus on competing with people who take the sport seriously.”
Zuckerberg is known to be skilled in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, having won medals in various local California tournaments as a white belt. He attained his blue belt in late July, while Elon Musk has no recorded history of participating in martial arts.
According to his social media updates, it seems that Zuckerberg is also involved in striking-based training and engages in sparring within the realm of mixed martial arts. The discussions of the matchup had escalated to the point where Dana White publicly expressed interest in promoting this potential showdown.