Mark Zuckerberg’s mixed martial arts trainer is far from certain that the Meta CEO would win a fight with Elon Musk. The tech mogul told “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast last year that he took up MMA because it required constant focus. Zuckerberg’s been training with pro MMA fighter Khai “The Shadow” Wu since September last year.
Weighing in on Zuckerberg’s planned showdown with the Tesla CEO, Wu told Forbes: “I just go and train. I can only speak on how hard he works.” Wu, 27, added: “He works really hard. He’s a really nice guy to be honest with you. I’m not sure how the fight will play out, so I don’t want to speculate, but I’m like you, I’m like ‘how crazy is this?'”
Wu described the 39-year-old Meta chief as a “student of the game” and said he “shows up, trains hard, puts in the effort.” The billionaires this week appeared to agree to go head-to-head after Musk challenged Zuckerberg to a cage fight.
After Musk hit out at Meta’s rumored plans to launch a Twitter rival, a Twitter user warned him to “be careful” because Zuckerberg practices jiu-jitsu. Musk tweeted: “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.” Zuckerberg responded on an Instagram story: “Send Me Location.”
The head of UFC, Dana White, said the pair were “absolutely dead serious” about fighting after talking to both on the phone. On a Twitter Space Saturday Musk said: “I haven’t started training yet. If it does happen I will train.”
Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance, who hosted the Space, warned Musk that it “could go badly” because Zuckerberg takes the Brazilian martial art “pretty seriously.” Musk admitted “that’s possible” and said of the fight plans: “I think it might actually happen.”