The billionaire tech mogul showdown between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg is back on, with Musk announcing their MMA fight will stream live on Twitter. What began as an online feud now looks primed to become a pay-per-view spectacle.
In June 2022, the two CEOs agreed via social media posts to settle their rivalry with a fight. Musk had accused Zuckerberg of copying him with the launch of Facebook’s Threads app. Both billionaires traded trash talk and training montages in the weeks after.
But in recent months, speculation mounted that the clash of the tech titans was off. Now, Musk has tweeted that their fight is a go, with all proceeds donated to veterans charities and a live stream on his recently acquired platform Twitter.
Zuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on 𝕏.
All proceeds will go to charity for veterans.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
Months of Public Taunting and Hype
This fight has brewed since April, when Musk criticized Zuckerberg’s Meta for similar features to his Neuralink brain implant startup. In June, Musk directly called out Zuckerberg for Threads copying his app idea, igniting the challenge.
Both CEOs played up the feud on their social channels. Musk posted videos training with renowned MMA coaches. Zuckerberg shared photos flexing with professional fighters, flaunting his physique. Each CEO claimed they’d easily defeat the other.
For a time, the arena was set to be Rome’s iconic Colosseum after an offer from Italy. But the hype had cooled in recent months, with Zuckerberg reportedly expressing doubts internally if the fight would happen.
Now Musk is re-stoking anticipation of the clash being back on, assuring it will stream live on Twitter. His company’s CEO Linda Yaccarino re-shared the announcement, blocking her schedule for the event.
Zuckerberg Appears the More Formidable Fighter
As their feud simmered this summer, evidence emerged that Zuckerberg holds a clear edge in fighting shape over Musk. The Meta CEO is an avid trainee in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, taking home a championship in a May 2022 tournament.
Zuckerberg once completed the intensive Murph Challenge fitness test in under 40 minutes while wearing a 30-pound vest. He trains relentlessly with high-level MMA coaches. His muscular physique suggests he takes preparation seriously.
Comparatively, Musk looks less disciplined for serious hand-to-hand combat. The 50-year-old has no martial arts background. Despite hyped training sessions for the fight, Musk did not appear in peak condition. He once admitted “I clearly need to train a lot more.”
Pundits speculate Zuckerberg holds a significant advantage in both strength and technical skill. Musk remains the underdog, relying more on determination and showmanship. But anything can happen once the two finally step into the ring.
Streaming Spectacle Set to Break Viewership Records
Regardless of the outcome, this battle between two of the world’s most influential executives is sure to draw record attention. The hype around their rivalry and clandestine training has built steady media buzz.
Curiosity is sky-high to see these untrained yet ultra-competitive billionaires duel in a pay-per-view event. Promotion by Musk and Twitter will drive anticipation higher in the coming months. Many expect it could break viewership numbers for traditional combat sports.
For Musk, the live stream represents a marquee opportunity to showcase Twitter’s capabilities and appeal to younger demographics. The viral fascination will likely drive new sign-ups. Both tech celebrities stand to gain more followers and attention from the spectacle.
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg’s lighthearted rivalry has surprisingly morphed into what may be one of the most-watched pay-per-view events ever. The boxing or MMA-style showdown will generate huge curiosity as the two billionaires finally settle their scores.
Regardless of who comes out on top in the fight, Musk and Zuckerberg are poised to profit massively from the exposure and platform promotion. Meanwhile, viewers will be treated to a one-of-a-kind modern gladiator match between celebrity tech execs.
When will the fight take place?
No exact date has been announced yet. But Musk stated it will stream live on Twitter, so it will likely happen sometime in 2023 since he just acquired the platform in late 2022.
What started the Musk-Zuckerberg feud?
In April 2022, Musk accused Zuckerberg of copying his Neuralink idea with Meta’s brain interface research. The rivalry heated up in June when Musk said Zuckerberg copied his app idea with Threads.
Where will the fight be held?
The location is still unconfirmed. Italy previously offered Rome’s Colosseum to host it. But Musk’s tweet about streaming on Twitter suggests it may take place in the United States.
What fighting style will it be?
Probably mixed martial arts or traditional boxing. Both allow striking and grappling. Musk and Zuckerberg have done some MMA training, with Zuckerberg also skilled in jiu-jitsu.
How can people watch the fight?
Musk said it will stream live on Twitter. Additional PPV options will likely be available. Given the hype, it should easily shatter audience records for internet live streams.
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