Musk-Zuckerberg cage fight in Italy 'not UFC-managed'

Musk-Zuckerberg cage fight in Italy
# 11 August 2023 22:38 (UTC +04:00)

Elon Musk has announced that the highly anticipated cage match between him and Meta* co-founder Mark Zuckerberg will go ahead, however, it will be managed “by my and Zuck’s foundations (not UFC),” APA reports citing Sputnik.

This comes in contrast to earlier speculation that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) boss Dana White might be called upon to organize the face-off.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk also clarified that the livestream would be on his platform, X (formerly Twitter) and his rival's Meta.

"Everything in camera frame will be ancient Rome, so nothing modern at all. I spoke to the PM of Italy and Minister of Culture. They have agreed on an epic location," he added.

In subsequent tweets, Musk said that, "and all proceeds go to veterans." However, he stopped short of enlightening his followers regarding the location of the fight. Previously, there had been suggestions that the tussle could happen at Rome’s Colosseum - however, Italian authorities denied such a possibility.

"We are thinking about how to organize a large-scale charity and historical event… It will not be held in Rome," Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano said in a statement obtained by Sputnik, adding that he had a "long and friendly conversation" with Musk during which they discussed, among other things, their shared interest in the history of ancient Rome.

Following his remarks, some consider that Pompei could reportedly be one of the possible venues for the fight.

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