The battle of the tech billionaires could be about to transition from virtual to physical as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg exchanged 'word' blows on Twitter that may just mean a 'cage match' between the two intellectual athletes could be in the offing.
It started Tuesday night when Musk posted a message on his social media platform Twitter that he was "up for a cage fight" with Mr Zuckerberg.
someone with 32 followers and an AOL email address just convinced two billionaires to fight in a cage match pic.twitter.com/cschFQnyVD— Turner Novak 🍌🧢 (@TurnerNovak) June 22, 2023
Mr Zuckerberg, on Wednesday, then posted a screenshot of Mr Musk's tweet with the caption "send me location".
Mr Musk then replied to Mr Zuckerberg's response with: "Vegas Octagon."
Mark Zuckerberg responds to Elon Musk saying he's down for a cage fight 🥊— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) June 21, 2023
"Send me location" pic.twitter.com/NE4mL8l4po
As Daily Caller reports, the spat appears to have grown from business-related jabs.
Musk mocked an article which claimed Zuckerberg is creating a “rival” app to take on Twitter. The article claimed that the purported rival app would be for “sanely run” and “integrate Instagram and Twitter rival Mastodon.”
Zuckerberg also implied that Twitter is underperforming its potential in a recent podcast interview with Lex Fridman.
“I have this great move that I call “The Walrus”, where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing,” Musk added later, apparently mocking his physical appearance...
What is more interesting is that The Verge confirmed with a Meta representative that Zuckerberg wasn't joking, and this might actually happen.
"The story speaks for itself," Meta spokesperson Iska Saric told The Verge's Alex Heath.
For now, it appears the ball lies in Elon's court to make this happen.
Right now the odds favor Zuckerberg...
Which makes sense given that the 39-year-old has recently transformed himself into an aspirational MMA fighter who is already winning Jiu-Jitsu tournaments - even if the 53-year-old Musk has the advantage in terms of sheer physical size, and has talked about being in “real hard-core street fights” when he was growing up in South Africa.
Just remember, the first rule of billionaire fight club is you don't talk about billionaire fight club.