Twitter’s Elon Musk has found a new training partner ahead of his potential billionaire’s cage battle with Mark Zuckerberg. Taking to Twitter Monday night, Musk agreed to start training with none other than UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre.
«Okay, let’s do it,» Musk responded to the retired UFC superstar, who initially posted that he was a «huge fan» of Musk and said it would be an «absolute honor» to train him.
«I’m a huge fan of yours and it would be an absolute honor to help you and be your sparring partner for the challenge against Zuckerberg,» tweeted GSP, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time and one of the greatest fighters. in the history of mixed martial arts.
St-Pierre (26-2-0), a French-Canadian fighter who has held championships in two different UFC weight classes, last competed in the Octagon when he soundly defeated then-UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping in 2017. He came out of retirement. for the match, he defeated the champion and retired again, voluntarily vacating the title.
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While retired, the UFC veteran regularly posts workout and training videos.
Musk, who also owns SpaceX, previously admitted he didn’t exercise regularly, though he tweeted Friday that he previously trained in «judo, Kyokushin (full contact) and no-rules street fighting.»
What started as a Twitter joke between Musk, the owner and operator of Twitter, and several users of the platform quickly evolved into him issuing a cage fight challenge against Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, owner of Facebook and Instagram.
Zuck then accepted the challenge, with UFC president Dana White later confirming that the two billionaires were «absolutely serious» about a potential fight.
“They both said, ‘Yes, we will.’ They both want to do it,» White told TMZ Sports.
White also speculated that the celebrity contest could be «the biggest fight in the history of the world.»
«This would be the biggest fight in the history of the world,» the UFC president said. «Bigger than anything ever made. It would break all pay-per-view records. These guys would gross hundreds of millions of dollars.» for charity. You don’t have to be a wrestling fan to be interested in this fight. Everyone would want to see it.»
He continued: «The greatest fight of all time was Floyd Mayweather and Conor [McGregor]I just think it triples that. I think that triples what he did. There’s no limit to what that thing can do. … Everybody would see it, everybody would want to see it.”
The idea for a cage fight stemmed from a report that Meta was working on a Twitter-like app that would be a direct competitor to the platform.
«I’m sure Earth can’t wait to be solely under Zuck’s control with no other options,» Musk tweeted in response to the report.
He then said he was «ready for a cage match if he [Zuckerberg] is.»
The next day, Zuckerberg appeared to take up the challenge on his own platform, saying «Send me location» on Instagram.
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«If this is real, I’ll do it,» Musk responded, suggesting that the fight should take place in Las Vegas, inside a UFC octagon.
During the former two-division champion’s reign in the UFC, he primarily dominated the welterweight division with submissions and TKO victories over some of the best in the sport at the time. He also has wins over Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields, Josh Koscheck, Dan Hardy, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Matt Serra and Matt Hughes.
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He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2020.