UFC President Dana White Steps in After Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk Agree to MMA Fight

Published 06/22/2023, 1:20 AM EDT

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Dana White handled one of the biggest MMA stars when he promoted Khabib Nurmagomedov under the UFC banner. The Dagestani star has one of the most coveted legacies in all of combat sports. ‘The Eagle’ left a lasting impact on the world before his retirement in 2020. His persona and dominance in the cage have inspired many fighters from his home, Dagestan, to pursue a career in combat sports. The undefeated UFC star had several highlight reel moments and catchphrases. In fact, some of them are so popular that even tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg used one of those in his reply to Elon Musk.

The last thing the world expected to see would be a cage match between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. As surprising as it is, that is the talk of the town today. Twitter owner Elon Musk does active rounds on the bird app, posting witty tweets now and then. He responded to a user’s tweet about Meta developing a competitor for Twitter. When another user mentioned the Meta CEO’s recent Jiu-Jitsu exploits, Musk tweeted, “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.”

This little shenanigan blew up after Zuckerberg shared a screenshot of the tweet on his Instagram story with the words “send me location.” Fight fans, especially MMA fans, are all too familiar with this iconic catchphrase from Khabib Nurmagomedov. This epic reply from Zuckerberg caught the attention of Dana White, who referred it to Nurmagomedov.


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Dana White chimes in on Mark Zuckerberg vs Elon Musk

UFC President Dana White saw the exchange between Musk and Zuckerberg. Entertained by the events, the 53-year-old shared it to his IG story and tagged Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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‘The Eagle’ responded by re-sharing White’s story on his own IG with the words “Dagestan” and an open palm emoji. Looks like, Zuckerberg asked for a location from Musk and got a response from Nurmagomedov himself. Zuckerberg has been in the news recently after his surprise appearance at Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. What’s more impressive is that he won medals in his maiden competition. He received praise from several prominent figures in the MMA community, including Israel Adesanya and Conor McGregor.


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Now Zuckerberg has the attention of another all-time great, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Perhaps the 34-year-old sent the location as an invitation for Zuckerberg to train. Although, the former UFC champion has distanced himself from mainstream MMA, could he help Zuckerberg with his grappling skills?


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What do you think of the whole situation? Will we see a Zuckerberg-Nurmagomedov collaboration? And who are you backing to win if Musk vs. ‘Zuck’ happens? Let us know in the comments.


Written by:

Yeswanth Praveen


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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, having written over 500 articles on the sport. With a Master’s degree in English Literature, Yeswanth expertly combines his writing and storytelling skills with his passion for MMA. He was initially drawn to the sport after the intense rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov captured his attention.
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Rohini Kottu