Zuckerberg to move on as Musk “not serious” about fighting

Mark Zuckerberg no longer believes that Elon Musk is serious about their proposed cage fight and says “it’s time to move on.” If Elon changes his mind, he knows how to reach his prime competitor.

The idea of getting two Silicon Valley billionaires to fight in one cage seems more challenging than sending them on a trip into outer space. Zuckerberg is tired of waiting.

“I think we can all agree Elon isn't serious and it's time to move on. I offered a real date. Dana White offered to make this a legit competition for charity. Elon won't confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead,” Zuckerberg posted Sunday on Threads, his messaging alternative to X (formerly Twitter).

The US writer Walter Isaacson, who recently wrote a biography about Musk, also posted a screenshot of an alleged conversation between Zuckerberg and Musk, revealing Musk’s unwillingness.

Musk seemingly suggested a training match in the Octagon that Zuckerberg had set up at his house, and this offer did not pass well. Zuckerberg replied, “You should train on your own and let me know when you’re ready to compete.”

He also explained his reluctance “to keep hyping something that will never happen.”

Zuckerberg accepted Musk’s challenge to a cage fight in June, and the two even agreed on a potential venue in Las Vegas. Later Musk said he may need surgery before facing off against Meta rival.

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg was persistent in offering dates. The martial arts organization UFC even agreed to organize the fight.

On Friday, Musk posted on X that his and Zuck’s foundations will manage the fight, not UFC, live-streamed on both platforms.

“Everything in camera frame will be ancient Rome, so nothing modern at all. I spoke to the PM of Italy and Minister of Culture,” Musk tweeted.

Zuckerberg announced he would focus on competing with people who take the sport seriously, and Elon knows how to reach him if he ever gets serious about an actual date for an official event.

To that, Elon responded: “Zuck is a chicken.”

“He can’t eat at chic-fil-a because that would be cannibalism,” Elon continued in a separate tweet.

The fight may be complicated by the launch of Threads in July. The direct competitor to Twitter (now X) attracted more than 100 million users in less than a week. Musk has threatened to sue Meta over “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property.”

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