One of the world’s richest men, Mark Zuckerberg, has shown he’s definitely not one to laugh at after the Facebook founder posted a clip online showing off the progress he’s made made in the MMA training room.
Zuckerberg, whose list of business assets includes Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, all of which fall under his ‘Meta’ tech conglomerate, started training in mixed martial arts during the Covid-19 pandemic – and unlike some other tycoons business people who might play sports to protect their egos, it actually looks like Zuckerberg has some decent skills, at least judging by the brief video he posted on social media.
Zuckerberg, 38, has previously said he finds the “primitive” nature of the sport very appealing and has recruited several of his friends to join him on his journey into the sport.
“From the very first session I did, about five minutes later, I was like, ‘Where has this been my whole life?‘” he said on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast last month.
“Okay, my mom made me play three varsity sports and my life took a turn for the worse when I chose to do competitive fencing instead of wrestling in high school or something..”
And it certainly looks like Zuckerberg intends to make up for lost time by releasing the video of him training alongside pro fighter Khai Wu.
“One of my sparring partners, [Khai Wu]do his [UFC Fight Pass] debut tonight“, Zuckerberg wrote on Friday.
“Go get him Khai and look forward to a great fight!”
Zuckerberg’s form has been praised by several professional fighters, including UFC superstar Conor McGregor who wrote: “Yo!!! Damn awesome Mark! »
UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling added: “It’s really amazing to see! Idk, the UFC debut could be coming soon for you too!
While Matt Brown, the owner of the sport’s most dangerous elbow, couldn’t hide how impressed he was either.
“Is it real?” writes “The Immortal”. “For someone as rich as him and a total nerd, that’s solid.”
However, if Zuckerberg is looking for someone to test his skills, he may need to look no further than England star Paddy Pimblett who once denounced the Facebook CEO for deactivating his social media accounts.
“But who do I want to fight? Mark Zuckerbergsaid Pimblett after winning the UFC in London earlier this year. “Mark Zuckerberg, boy, I’m gonna beat your head off. I’m sick of you, boy.”
And unfortunately for Zuckerberg’s sparring partner Khai Wu, his Friday night didn’t quite go to plan as he was defeated via unanimous decision by Joshua Dillon on the A1 Combat 5 main card. ‘Urijah Faber, which aired live on the UFC’s streaming service, Battle Pass.