Elon Just Scored Some Great Help for His Cage Match With Mark Zuckerberg

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As we previously reported, Mark Zuckerberg’s META was trying to create a challenge to Twitter called Threads. In commenting on that, Twitter owner Elon Musk threw down a challenge for a cage match with Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg said, “Send me location.” Then came the word from UFC legend Dana White that he had spoken to both of the billionaires and they both agreed to the fight and were trying to work out the details. White said it would be the “fight of the century” and could raise a lot of money for charity. “Everybody would want to see it,” he predicted.

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But one of the issues was that Zuckerberg, at 39, is younger and has had more training of late than Musk, 51, although Musk has a weight and reach advantage. Zuckerberg has been training in jiu-jitsu and reportedly has won a couple of matches. Musk said he had previous training in “judo, Kyokushin (full contact) & no rules streetfighting,” but that it had been a while. “I almost never work out, except for picking up my kids & throwing them in the air,” he said. But he was still up for the battle if Zuckerberg was.

But it was clear that Musk was going to have to up his training regimen.

Now it sounds like he’s going to do exactly that. Musk just agreed to work with a training partner who is going to help him get ready. His trainer will be UFC Hall of Fame legend Georges St-Pierre, perhaps the greatest MMA fighter of all time.

“I’m a huge fan of yours and it would be an absolute honor to help you and be your training partner for the challenge against Zuckerberg,” tweeted GSP, who is widely regarded as one of the best UFC fighters of all time and one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history.

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Musk snapped up the great offer: “Ok, let’s do it.”

St-Pierre (26-2-0), a French-Canadian fighter who held championships in two different UFC weight classes, last competed in the Octagon when he resoundingly defeated then-UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping in 2017. He came out of retirement for the match, defeated the champ and retired again, voluntarily vacating the title.

While retired, the UFC veteran regularly posts workout and training videos.[….]

During the former two-division champion’s reign in the UFC, he primarily dominated the welterweight division with submissions and TKO victories over some of the best in the sport at the time. He also holds wins over Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Matt Serra and Matt Hughes.

So that’s good — it sounds like Musk will have one of the best trainers he could have to get him up to speed for the bout.

There’s no word yet on the date or the location. Musk had proposed the Vegas Octagon. But White’s right: If they can pull this off, it would be one of the biggest fights ever, with people who don’t even normally watch MMA wanting to see it, many of whom would like Musk to be able to soundly takedown Zuckerberg in the name of free speech. With St. Pierre’s help, he just greatly increased his chances.

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