Musk back pains throw cage fight with Zuckerberg in limbo

Tesla boss Elon Musk said he may need surgery before facing off Meta rival Mark Zuckerberg in a cage fight.

“Exact date is still in flux. I’m getting an MRI of my neck & upper back tomorrow,” Musk said on X, a social media platform he owns, formerly known as Twitter.

“May require surgery before the fight can happen. Will know this week,” he added.

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg said he was “ready today” in a post on Threads, a Twitter competitor he launched last month and the reason Musk challenged him to a cage fight in June.

“I suggested Aug 26th when he first challenged, but he hasn't confirmed. Not holding my breath,” Zuckerberg said.

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Zuckerberg also shot back at Musk’s suggestion that “Zuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on X” and “all proceeds will go to charity for veterans.”

“Shouldn't we use a more reliable platform that can actually raise money for charity?” he said on Threads.

Despite not commiting to a date, Musk said he was preparing for the fight by lifting weight throughout the day.

“Don’t have time to work out, so I just bring them to work,” the billionaire said in a post over the weekend.

Earlier, Zuckerberg posted a WhatsApp exchange with his wife Priscilla Chan, in which she was apparently dismayed at the octagon fighting ring he said he installed in the backyard of their house.

“I love this sport and will continue competing with people who train no matter what happens here,” he said in another post.

For his own part, Musk said in response to a question on X about the point of the fight with Zuckerberg that “it’s a civilized form of war” and that “men love war.”

Zuckerberg accepted Musk’s challenge to a cage fight in June and the two even agreed on a potential venue in Las Vegas.

While the Meta head has been training in mixed martial arts for several years, winning gold and silver medals in his first jiu-jitsu competition in May. Musk said at the time that he rarely worked out.

He suggested he would “just lie on top of my opponent and do nothing,” a position he called “The Walrus.”

Last year, Musk posted about a sumo fight he said he had that resulted in “smashing” his c5-c6 disc and “mega back pain.”