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Video: Mark Zuckerberg shows off MMA skills; Joe Rogan, Connor McGregor, others weigh in

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill over social media data breach, on April 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
September 08, 2022

Facebook founder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) skills against professional MMA fighter Khai Wu in a video posted on Instagram last week. The video earned the attention of other famous fighters and UFC commentators, including Joe Rogan, Conor McGregor, and Sean O’Malley. 

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“One of my training partners, @khaiwu, is making his @ufcfightpass debut tonight. Go get it Khai and looking forward to a great fight!” Zuckerberg posted on Instagram along with the video.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who also hosts the popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, encouraged Zuckerberg in the video’s comment section.

“This is great! I’m so happy to see this,” Rogan wrote. “Training looks solid too!”

Zuckerberg thanked Rogan for his encouragement. 

“Thanks! It really is the best sport. Also really enjoyed our conversation a couple weeks ago,” Zuckerberg wrote. 

Conor McGregor, whose Instagram handle is “thenotoriousmma,” also chimed in, writing that the video was “f-cking awesome.”

MMA fighter Sean O’Malley, known as “sugar sean,” commented, “Damnnn!! Love seeing this.”

The official UFC account wrote, “Combos looking clean.”

Fighter Gilbert Burns wrote, “That’s dope,” to which Zuckerberg replied, “Means a lot coming from you! Love watching you fight.”

Middleweight Champion Johnny Eblen suggested he and Zuckerberg train together. 

“Let’s do it!” Zuckerberg responded. “Congrats on the belt, champ.”

Zuckerberg made headlines last month during an appearance on Rogan’s podcast in which Zuckerberg admitted that an FBI warning was behind Facebook’s decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the 2020 election. A poll in the wake of the election showed 16 percent of Biden voters would have changed their vote if they knew about the scandal.

Zuckerberg said that the FBI warned Facebook about “Russian propaganda,” telling the tech giant to “be vigilant” in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election.

“We just kind of thought, hey, look, if the FBI, which I still view as a legitimate institution in this country, it’s like very professional law enforcement, they come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something, then I want to take that seriously,” Zuckerberg said.