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Mark Zuckerberg, Israel Adesanya and Alex Volkanovski (Screenshot/Instagram)
July 12, 2023

What was initially perceived as mere posturing among tech billionaires has turned a surprising corner, as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently showcased his physical transformation amidst the ongoing banter with Twitter owner Elon Musk.

The social media magnate stunned his followers with a striking Instagram post Tuesday, featuring himself flanked by modern MMA greats, Israel Adesanya and Alex Volkanovski. The post seems to have solidified the whispers of a potential cage fight against his tech rival, Musk.

“No fugazi with Mark. This is serious business,” Adesanya wrote in a caption on the post, further stoking the flames of a much-anticipated battle in the octagon.

Zuckerberg’s Instagram post follows Musk’s acceptance of former UFC legend George St-Pierre’s open invitation to train together.

Amid the escalating tension, Meta’s latest product, Threads, has surpassed expectations, garnering over 100 million sign-ups within the first five days of launch, according to The New York Post.

The swift success of this text-based social media platform seems to have hit a nerve with Musk, who then took to Twitter to issue a crude challenge to Zuckerberg.

While some question the credibility of a real cage fight taking place, UFC President Dana White has shown willingness to facilitate a pay-per-view event should it come to pass.

Zuckerberg’s recent training pictures with renowned fighters and trainers seem to add credence to the possibility. He has also flaunted his interest in martial arts, reflected in his previous appearances on “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

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On the other hand, Musk’s unconventional training style and his jovial self-proclaimed move, “The Walrus, where I just lie on top of my opponent & do nothing,” has been met with both skepticism and amusement.

However, Musk’s training partner, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Lex Fridman, recently vouched for Musk’s “strength, power and skill.”

Regardless of the eventual outcome, this unusual contest has seized the public’s attention, with both tech giants capitalizing on the spectacle to bolster their images.

The question remains whether the two titans of Silicon Valley will make good on their mutual challenge regarding a cage fight, or whether they will continue their feud in the digital world.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.