Updated 6.7.2023 7:43
It Appears to Be Game On as Tech Billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Have Reportedly Agreed to Fight Each in a “Cage Match” in the UFC Octagon
While Vegas odds makers currently have Zuckerberg listed as the early favourite in the proposed match thanks to his 18 months of jujitsu training, the betting line shifted significantly today, with sportsbooks receiving a flood of Musk bets after news broke that the Tesla CEO would be training for the fight with one of the greatest UFC fighters of all-time.
It was also reported today that Zuckerberg could have the consensus greatest UFC fighter to ever live in his corner.
The beef between Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk and Meta (NASDAQ: META) CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which started in the online world over news that Meta would be launching its own “Twitter Rival” app called Threads, appears to have spilled over into the real world, with the two tech titans gearing up to throw down in the UFC octagon.
As we reported last week, the proposed fight went from fantasy to reality after UFC president Dana White appeared on TMZ, where he disclosed that Musk and Zuckerberg were both “dead serious” about fighting each other in the UFC Octagon.
White, who immediately jumped at the opportunity to have the UFC put on the fight, said the following about the potential bout in an interview with TMZ:
“This would be the biggest fight ever in the history of the world. Bigger than anything that’s ever been done, it would break all pay-per-view records. These guys would raise, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars for charity. You don’t have to be a fight fan to be interested in this fight. Everyone would want to see it.”
Source: TMZ YouTube
UFC Legends Set to Corner Musk and Zuckerberg
This weekend, the Musk camp received major reinforcement after UFC hall of famer Georges St-Pierre (GSP) tweeted at Musk, offering to train him for the planned fight.
In his tweet, GSP said:
It took until Monday for GSP to receive a reply from Musk, but it was worth the two-day wait, with Musk responding:
@elonmusk 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 👊😁
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) June 24, 2023
News that GSP would be training Musk shook up the betting markets in a big way, with sportsbooks reporting a massive influx of bets for Musk. Zuckerberg, who opened as the betting favourite at -500 (1/5), quickly dropped to -350 (2/7), with Musk jumping from +300 (3/1) to +275 (11/4).
According to the sportsbook BetOnline.ag, a whopping 85.7% of the total bets have been placed. Even more stunning, of all the money bet on the potential bout so far, 95.2% of it has been wagered on Musk.
Commenting on today’s betting action as well as the news of GSP planning to train Musk, BetOnline.ag Sportsbook Manager Adam Burns said:
“I’m not sure training from GSP is going to make a ton of difference in terms of Elon’s chances, but clearly, some of our bettors believe it will. We’re all rooting for this fight to happen, but there are still so many unknowns, including how long they’ll be able to train before stepping in the Octagon.”
The early betting action in surprising, to say the least, especially considering Musk has zero MMA experience while Zuckerberg has roughly 18 months of training in Brazillian jujitsu.
Oh yeah, and it was also reported today that in Zuckerberg’s corner could be none other than the consensus greatest UFC fighter to ever live, Jonny Bones Jones.
In a Twitter post, Jones wrote:
You already know I am Team Zuck…. Let me know if you need a training partner!
— BONY (@JonnyBones) June 23, 2023
We’re still waiting on confirmation from the Zuckerberg camp regarding training with Jones.
The smart money bet is on Zuckerberg by submission. You can take that to the bank.
Shares of Tesla closed trading today at $250.21 per share, up +3.8% on the day. YTD, TSLA stock is up +131.46%.
Shares of Meta last traded at $287.05 per share, up +3.08% on the day. YTD, META stock is up +130.12%.
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