“I’m not holding my breath,” remarked Zuckerberg in a Sunday update on Threads, where he shared a snapshot of Musk’s tweet on X / Twitter, boasting about his weightlifting regime in preparation for the duel.
Late on Sunday night, Musk made a post hinting at the possibility of needing surgery, and mentioned a scheduled MRI for his neck and upper back. This could potentially jeopardize the agreed-upon fight date.
In response to Musk’s declaration that the fight will be live-streamed on X, with the proceeds earmarked for charity benefiting veterans, Zuckerberg fired back by suggesting the use of a more reliable platform that could actually generate substantial funds for charity. (Unlike X / Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have a built-in fundraising feature.)
Taking another jab at Musk, Zuckerberg replied to a Threads post questioning whether both parties had mutually agreed upon the live stream.
“More like ‘funding secured,'” Zuckerberg quipped, making a not-so-subtle reference to Musk’s infamous tweet about taking Tesla private, which resulted in a lawsuit from disgruntled investors who found it to be deceitful.
In a further display of his competitive spirit, the CEO of Meta expressed his passion for the sport and asserted that he would continue to challenge opponents who put in the hard work, regardless of the outcome of this particular face-off.
The initial acceptance of Musk’s fight challenge in June led to Zuckerberg’s subsequent announcement to Meta employees at the end of July that the bout’s occurrence was not entirely certain.
Musk reignited the discussion over the weekend by sharing a video of his weightlifting session at the X office during a meeting.
He humorously assessed his chances, stating that he’d probably emerge victorious if the fight was short, but that Zuckerberg might have the upper hand in an endurance battle.
If the fight is short, I probably win. If long, he may win on endurance.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
I am much bigger and there is a reason MMA has weight divisions.
A spokesperson for Meta declined to elaborate beyond Zuckerberg’s posts, and X / Twitter lacks a dedicated press department.
We have also sought to obtain a statement from UFC’s Dana White, who has been playing a pivotal role in organizing the eagerly anticipated showdown between Zuckerberg and Musk.