Mark Zuckerberg has addressed Elon Musk’s proposed cage fight, stating that Musk isn’t genuinely committed to the idea and that it’s time to move forward. In a post on his social media platform Threads, the CEO of Meta revealed that he had extended a genuine offer for a scheduled event, but Musk had presented excuses in response.
Musk initially floated the idea of the cage fight on his own messaging site X (formerly known as Twitter), suggesting a willingness to engage in the bout as soon as the following Monday. The duel between the two billionaires had gained significant attention since its proposal in June. However, despite the ongoing back-and-forth banter, an official date for the match remains elusive, casting doubts on whether it will ever materialize.
The situation was further complicated by the launch of Threads in July, a rival messaging app to X that quickly garnered over 100 million sign-ups within a week. While those numbers have somewhat receded, X maintains a comfortable lead with around 350 million users. Amidst the ongoing feud, Musk has even threatened to sue Facebook for alleged “unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets,” a claim that Meta vehemently denies.
Recently, Zuckerberg had suggested August 26th for the cage fight. In a surprising twist, Italy’s culture minister proposed hosting the event in the country as a charity affair, complete with an “ancient Rome theme.” Yet, in a post on Threads, Zuckerberg expressed his frustration over Musk’s lack of commitment. He pointed out that Musk had been hesitant to confirm a date, then claimed to need surgery, and even proposed a practice round in Zuckerberg’s backyard instead.
Zuckerberg’s post further emphasized: “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.” In response, Musk referred to Zuckerberg as a “chicken” on X, the platform where the feud initially gained traction.
Previously, Musk had shared a purported text message exchange with Zuckerberg, in which he suggested having the fight in Meta’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California. He also humorously acknowledged the significant size difference between them and compared Zuckerberg to a modern-day Bruce Lee.
Elon Musk, 52, and Mark Zuckerberg, 39, are both prominent technology billionaires. The unusual notion of a cage fight originated in June, when Musk tweeted his willingness to engage in such a match with Zuckerberg. The Meta CEO, who possesses martial arts training and recently achieved success in jiu-jitsu tournaments, responded simply with “send me location.”