Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg tears his ACL, delays MMA debut

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL sustained during a sparring session. This incident has temporarily delayed his plans for a competitive MMA matchup.

After sharing the news of his injury on Instagram, Zuckerberg expressed gratitude towards the medical team responsible for his care. He posted many pictures of himself in a hospital bed, looking healthy after surgery.

He posted the pictures along with the caption: “Tore my ACL sparring and just got out of surgery to replace it. Grateful for the doctors and team taking care of me. I was training for a competitive MMA fight early next year, but now that’s delayed a bit.”

The images accompanying his post depicted him in good spirits. With his left leg bandaged and in a cast, he raised his left fist. His wife Priscilla Chan was also captured cleaning his forehead and assisting him in putting on shoes.

Zuckerberg added: “Still looking forward to doing it after I recover. Thanks to everyone for the love and support.”

Zuckerberg’s interest in competitive sports has been a prominent part of his life.

On an Instagram post on May 7, Zuckerberg posted a photo and wrote: “Competed in my first jiu jitsu tournament and won some medals for the Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu team.”

A controversy took place next month when Tesla CEO Elon Musk seemed to challenge him to a “cage match.”

This challenge stemmed from discussions surrounding their respective apps. The exchange between the two billionaires on social media sparked curiosity about the possibility of an actual face-off.

Statements from both Zuckerberg and Musk indicated their genuine interest in the proposed showdown. UFC President Dana White confirmed their determination, revealing that both tech moguls were indeed dead serious about the match.

Despite the initial excitement, Zuckerberg later expressed frustration over the lack of a confirmed date from Musk. In a Threads post, he made it clear that he was prepared to move on and focus on competing with individuals who shared his level of commitment to the sport.

He wrote: “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’s involvement in competitive sports became more pronounced. He recently shared a picture with New Zealand mixed martial artist Israel Adesanya and UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski.