In the red corner stands Elon Musk, the world's richest person, and in the blue corner, we have Mark Zuckerberg, the world's richest millennial.
It appears that these titans of technology have agreed to engage in a momentous cage match, stemming from a lighthearted suggestion made by Musk in response to Meta's efforts to launch a Twitter competitor.
In a playful tweet, Musk humorously remarked about Earth falling under Zuckerberg's dominion with Meta's new app. He even proposed a cage match, stating, "I'm up for a cage match if he is lol." Little did he expect that Zuckerberg would respond, but respond he did.
Taking to his verified Instagram account, the Meta CEO shared a screenshot of Musk's challenge and boldly declared, "Send Me Location." The stakes were suddenly raised, capturing the attention of enthusiasts and spectators alike.
Musk Faces A Challenge
I have however noticed a particular challenge that Musk faces in this unconventional encounter. While both individuals possess seemingly boundless reserves of energy, their pursuits diverge.
Musk directs his energy toward managing five separate companies simultaneously, while Zuckerberg channels his focus into impassioned hobbies. He has previously devoted time to learning Mandarin, embarking on a national tour (which some interpreted as a trial run for a presidential campaign), and even adhering to a diet consisting solely of meat he hunted with a bow and arrow.
Recently, Brazilian jiu-jitsu has become his fervent interest, and his competitive debut last month yielded success, with two victories out of three matches.
Elena Cresci, a former Guardian journalist and professional muay thai champion, notes that Zuckerberg has diligently trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, lending him an advantage in the forthcoming contest. Musk, on the other hand, has playfully claimed that he doesn't train beyond playfully tossing his children in the air. Hence, on paper, the advantage seems to lean towards Zuckerberg, who has invested time honing his skills in various BJJ competitions.
Nonetheless, there is a disparity in size between the combatants. Musk, towering at an estimated 1.87 meters (6ft 1in) and weighing about 85 kilograms (13st 5lb), surpasses Zuckerberg in weight classes. The Meta CEO measures 1.71 meters (5ft 7ins) and weighs less than 70 kilograms (11st). All else being equal, this physical discrepancy could grant Musk an advantage, even considering the 12-year age gap.
Given this size advantage would play a significant factor, I can only see one winner despite the discrepancy. Musk himself amusingly tweeted about a move he dubs "The Walrus," wherein he claims to lie on top of his opponent and do nothing. It remains to be seen how effective such a strategy would be in practice.
Musk v Zuckerberg Prediction
In conclusion, this clash of technology titans promises to be a spectacle for the ages. While Zuckerberg's dedication to Brazilian jiu-jitsu may provide him with an edge in technique, Musk's physical advantage and unpredictable approach could make for an intriguing contest.
Ultimately, I am certain the Tesla magnate would prevail, even if he does have to rely on ‘the Walrus to get the job done.
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