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  • Writer's pictureScott Newell

The Ultimate Tech Showdown: Musk and Zuckerberg Gear Up for a . . . Cage Fight?




Tech titans Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are taking their rivalry to new heights, with talk of settling their differences in a cage fight. The exchange started when Musk, the Twitter owner and Tesla CEO, took to social media to declare his readiness for a physical showdown with Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta. Musk's tweet caught Zuckerberg's attention, prompting him to respond on Instagram with the bold challenge, "Send Me Location," indicating his willingness to face Musk head-on.


Musk, known for his eccentricity, further fueled the fire by responding to a tweet from Alex Heath, editor of tech news website Verge, suggesting the Vegas Octagon as the battleground for their clash. This reference to the renowned arena that hosts the Ultimate Fighting Championship added an intriguing twist to the potential face-off. In a separate tweet, Musk even humorously mentioned a special move he called "The Walrus," where he playfully described lying on top of his opponent and doing nothing.


While the intentions behind their remarks remain uncertain, the possibility of a cage fight between these influential figures has captured the public's imagination. Oddspedia, a popular sports betting platform, compiled odds from multiple bookmakers and calculated that Zuckerberg holds an impressive 83% chance of emerging victorious. Interestingly, Paddy Power, a well-known bookmaker, is skeptical that the fight will ever take place but believes that if it does, both contenders have an equal chance of triumph.


This clash isn't the first time the two billionaires have locked horns. In 2017, they engaged in a very public feud regarding the future of artificial intelligence. Musk repeatedly voiced concerns about the potential dangers of AI, warning of its existential threat to humanity. In contrast, Zuckerberg expressed a more optimistic perspective on the matter, dismissing doomsday scenarios as irresponsible during a Facebook Live broadcast. This clash of views led Musk to question Zuckerberg's understanding of the subject, igniting a war of words between them.


Their rivalry extends beyond intellectual disagreements. Musk's ascent to the top of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, surpassing Zuckerberg, only added fuel to the fire. In 2020, Musk temporarily knocked Zuckerberg from the third position on the index before eventually claiming the title of the world's richest person. Though Musk faced a brief challenge from Bernard Arnault, the chairman of French luxury goods giant LVMH, he quickly regained his top spot. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg now finds himself in the 10th position, which may add an extra layer of motivation to his desire to prove himself in the proposed cage fight.


As the anticipation builds and speculation continues, the tech world eagerly awaits any further developments in this intriguing battle between two of its most prominent figures. Whether they will truly step into the cage or if it all remains an entertaining exchange, this rivalry adds another chapter to the ongoing saga between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.

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