Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Meta, popularly known as Facebook, has had to let his dreams of entering competitive MMA hang in the air due to an unfortunate ACL injury. Zuckerberg took to his Instagram to reveal the news on Friday, uncovering that he sustained the injury while sparring in preparation for an early next year competitive MMA fight.
Zuckerberg has always had an affinity toward mixed martial arts or MMA. The tech entrepreneur is a familiar face in Jiu-Jitsu circles and has been known to train quite passionately. His recent post on Instagram, however, revealed a more serious approach which was cut short by an injury.
In his Instagram post, Zuckerberg wrote, “Tore my ACL sparring and just got out of surgery to replace it. Grateful for the doctors and team taking care of me. I was training for a competitive MMA fight early next year, but now that’s delayed a bit.”
Sharing his unfortunate experience, he also expressed gratitude to his medical team and wished to return to training post his recovery.
Zuckerberg’s rather surprising yet intriguing venture into the world of MMA has been a topic of much buzz over the past few years. He has not only trained with UFC icons like Alexander Volkanovski and Israel Adesanya, but he has also competed steadily in local Jiu-Jitsu tournaments- clear confirmation of his commitment and enthusiasm towards the sport.
In the recent past, Zuckerberg was tied to an unexpected and curious potential fight against Elon Musk, the tech magnate and CEO of SpaceX. This prospect had the entire MMA world and fans excited, with UFC CEO Dana White showing interest in making it happen. However, Zuckerberg dropped the idea, clarifying that Musk was not genuinely interested in a serious fight.
In a recent interaction with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Elon Musk continued the narrative, claiming that he’s still ready to fight Zuckerberg, anytime and anywhere, under any rules.
Unfortunately, this proposition now seems highly unlikely due to Zuckerberg’s recent ACL injury. While the idea of seeing the two tech giants square off in the octagon sparked a flurry of fan speculation and media attention, it seems that the competitive MMA debut of Mark Zuckerberg will remain delayed.
His recovery from the ACL injury will likely take a significant amount of time and medical supervision, which means the Meta CEO will be focusing on recuperation in the coming months.
However, one can be assured this minor setback is nothing more than a delay. The MMA community will undoubtedly be waiting for Zuckerberg’s return to the mat, and future developments within this unique facet of his life will definitely keep his fans and followers intrigued.