Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Meta, has revealed that he recently suffered a torn ACL while sparring in preparation for a "competitive MMA fight" slated for early next year. Zuckerberg, a dedicated jiu-jitsu practitioner, has long been associated with the world of mixed martial arts and the UFC, making this injury a significant setback in his quest for a new challenge.
Zuckerberg's journey into the MMA world isn't a recent development. He has actively participated in jiu-jitsu tournaments and even went as far as renting out the UFC APEX in October 2022 for a private viewing of UFC Vegas 61, showcasing his keen interest in the sport. Notably, he has trained alongside UFC stars such as featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, highlighting his dedication to honing his skills.
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg was briefly linked to a potential fight against fellow tech mogul Elon Musk. The prospect of a clash between the two tech giants garnered immense attention, with even UFC CEO Dana White expressing his eagerness to be a part of it. However, Zuckerberg ultimately called off the proposed fight, claiming that Musk wasn't genuinely committed to a real bout.
Elon Musk, on the other hand, recently stated on Joe Rogan's podcast that he remains open to the idea of fighting Zuckerberg "anytime, anywhere, any place, any rule." It's a tantalizing proposition, but Zuckerberg's unfortunate ACL injury has cast a cloud of uncertainty over his MMA ambitions for the foreseeable future.
Despite this setback, Zuckerberg's determination to test his mettle in the world of competitive MMA remains evident. As he embarks on the path to recovery, MMA enthusiasts and tech aficionados alike will be keeping a close eye on the developments in this unique and unexpected chapter of his life.