White reveals he had call with Colosseum chiefs for Musk- Zuckerberg
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It was legit!’: Dana White reveals he had a conference call with Colosseum chiefs in Italy over Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg’s mega-fight – and was speaking to both billionaires ‘multiple times a week’ to seal a deal
- Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk had previously teased a fight between them
- And UFC chief Dana White was involved in the discussions
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A fight between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk now looks dead in the water, but Dana White has confirmed there were serious discussions to stage the matchup between the tech rivals.
While Zuckerberg recently tore his ACL, there was a time when it really looked like he might fight the Tesla founder Musk – as White knew firsthand.
‘It was legit,’ he exclusively told Adam Glyn. ‘I was talking to both of these guys multiple times a week about this. And we literally had a conference call with the powers that be in Italy for the Colosseum. It was very real.
Asked whether a future bout between Zuckerberg and Musk could still be in the cards, White was noncommital.
‘Zuck blew his ACL, so I don’t know,’ he said. ‘It was fun to talk about, it was fun to promote and who knows.’
Dana White confirmed that discussions over a Mark Zuckerberg-Elon Musk fight were ‘legit’
A fight between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk now appears to be dead in the water
Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience last month, Musk said that Zuckerberg had reservations about fighting without UFC branding at the Colosseum.
‘And then Zuck pulled out. He used the pull-out method,’ Musk cracked, adding that he was willing to fight under UFC rules.
In text messages leaked to biographer Walter Isaacson in August, Zuckerberg told Musk, ‘If you still want to do a real MMA fight, then you should train on your own and let me know when you’re ready to compete.’
Musk told Rogan on his show, ‘He accused me of not being serious. And I said, ‘Listen, at the end of the day, I’ll fight you any place, anywhere under any rules.”
The 52-year-old added, ‘I’m way bigger than him, it’s unfair. I don’t think he should fight me.’
With White in New York for UFC 295, he offered an update on Conor McGregor, saying the Irishman could return to the octagon next summer.
White also added that UFC will soon stage fights at the Sphere in Las Vegas.
‘We’re doing that fight. It’s a done deal.’
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