Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have agreed to participate in a cage battle.
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, two of the world’s most prominent technology billionaires, have agreed to compete in a cage match.
Mr Musk said on his Twitter account that he was “up for a cage fight” with Mr Zuckerberg.
Mr Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, subsequently tweeted a screenshot of Mr Musk’s message with the comment “send me location.”
“The story speaks for itself,” said a Meta representative to the BBC.
“I almost never work out, except for picking up my kids and throwing them in the air,” he added on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Mr Zuckerberg, 39, has started practicing mixed martial arts (MMA) and has recently won jiu-jitsu contests.
When contacted by the BBC for response, Twitter did not issue a remark.
The arguments have gone viral, with social media users arguing who would win the battle and others posting parodies such as mocked up ads advertising the fight.
For example, business consultant Seyi Taylor tweeted: “Choose your fighter” alongside images of the two tech titans.
Mr Musk has a habit of making statements that are either not serious or do not come true.
For example, he told the BBC in April that he had appointed his dog as Twitter’s CEO.
In 2017, he claimed that he received “verbal government approval” for a “hyperloop” – a type of train system – to connect New York City to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. This has yet to happen.
Mr Musk was forced to resign as Tesla chairman in 2018 after tweeting that he intended to take the company private.
Mr Musk has also followed through on some of his promises, such as stepping down as CEO of Twitter this year after Twitter users voted in favor of his resignation in a poll he organized.
He had previously stated that he intended to step down as CEO in November 2022.
Mr Musk immediately responded to Mr Zuckerberg’s remark with the phrase “Vegas Octagon.”
The Octagon is the fenced-in enclosure and competition mat used for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fights. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mr Musk, who will turn 52 later this month, also tweeted: “I have this great move I call ‘The Walrus,’ where I just lie on top of my opponent and do nothing.”
Later, he tweeted short films of walruses, implying that his challenge to Mr Zuckerberg was not fully serious.