Mark Zuckerberg has decided to put aside the notion of facing off against fellow billionaire Elon Musk, at least for the time being.
In a recent post on Threads, which is part of his Meta social media portfolio, Zuckerberg announced that he's stepping back from the idea of arranging a fight with the Twitter owner. This decision stems from his expectation that the match will only materialize when Musk demonstrates a more committed and serious approach to the concept.
“I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious and it’s time to move on,” Zuckerberg stated. “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.
“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.”
Earlier this week, Elon Musk created a buzz by suggesting that a showdown with Zuckerberg could be in the cards. However, his condition that the UFC should have no managerial involvement didn't align with Zuckerberg's interests. As a result, the initial enthusiasm for arranging the much-talked-about battle of the billionaires has gradually faded.
Dana White, a staunch supporter of the match, has been the driving force behind the idea. He firmly believes that this fight could potentially bring in a staggering billion dollars in revenue.
Musk has shown a tendency to call out people on Twitter, having infamously challenged Russian President, Vladimir Putin, to a fight.
However, his comments suggest that such statements are only being done for clout. So this time around, Zuckerberg’s comments left a lot fans disappointed on social media.
With or without Musk, he is intent on putting his new skills to the test.
It appears to be just a matter of time before Zuckerberg’s MMA debut is confirmed.