Matt Brown expresses skepticism regarding the possibility of a fight between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, dismissing it as an unlikely fantasy match. The unusual pairing emerged after the billionaire owner of Twitter challenged the billionaire founder of Facebook, leading to escalating tensions. Even UFC president Dana White became involved after discussions with both Musk and Zuckerberg, fueling the belief that this proposed fight could become one of the biggest events in combat sports history.
Despite the hype surrounding the potential fight, Brown can’t help but ridicule the idea that Musk and Zuckerberg would actually step into a cage and engage in physical combat, especially under the prominent banner of the UFC.
“They won’t fight,” Brown emphatically stated during the latest episode of The Fighter vs. The Writer.
He further elaborated, “What are you talking about? Everyone talks that nonsense. We’re discussing them right now. Twitter is discussing them. Everyone seems to have forgotten about all the controversies and negative actions they’ve been involved in. I don’t even know the details, but I know they have numerous critics. Elon says, ‘Why don’t you stop talking trash about me buying Twitter, because I’m willing to cage fight,’ and everyone just nods along, saying, ‘Okay, no problem, bro!’ That’s how these individuals operate.”
Brown labels it a public relations scandal and implores the MMA community to see through the façade.
However, Brown admits that if the fight were to materialize, he would likely watch due to the expected massive viewership. Nevertheless, he maintains his doubt that Musk and Zuckerberg would actually follow through with it.
“If they do fight, yes, I’ll watch it, you’ll watch it, we’ll all watch it, and we’ll probably regret it,” Brown confessed. “We’ll be left thinking, ‘What on earth did I just witness? Why did I stay up until midnight to watch this? We’ll despise ourselves for it.”
White has argued against classifying the matchup as a “gimmick fight,” despite the lack of genuine combat sports experience for both Musk and Zuckerberg, except for Zuckerberg’s recent venture into Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Musk’s past training in martial arts. However, their skills pale in comparison to UFC-level athletes or even the most inexperienced fighters who have competed in the UFC.
Brown draws attention to former WWE star and current AEW wrestler C.M. Punk (real name Phil Brooks), who attempted a crossover to the UFC but suffered decisive defeats against Mickey Gall and Mike Jackson before returning to professional wrestling. Brown suggests that, even with Punk’s lackluster performances, he would still appear like a future world champion when compared to the abilities Musk and Zuckerberg would likely display.
“When we witnessed CM Punk lose to Mike Jackson, did anyone feel satisfied after watching that? Now imagine two guys who aren’t even as good as CM Punk. CM Punk would probably defeat both of them. I fail to understand the interest in seeing these guys fight,” Brown opined.
Brown also questions whether promoting Musk vs. Zuckerberg alongside a card featuring legitimate UFC fighters might harm the promotion’s brand.
Unlike previous instances where street fighters like Kimbo Slice or Sean Gannon were given opportunities in the UFC despite limited MMA experience, or even boxer James Toney, who had no business competing in the cage against Randy Couture, Brown argues that those bouts at least involved one legitimate fighter.
Brown also highlights that Gannon, Kimbo, and especially Toney possessed some form of fighting background, which cannot be said about Musk or Zuckerberg.
“With these guys, it’s solely a gimmick fight,” Brown emphasized. “There’s no upside for either of them beyond that. This, in my opinion, diminishes the [UFC] brand to some extent. If we go ahead with this, will we keep doing it? Will it become a recurring theme? All those individuals you mentioned earlier were somewhat gimmicky fights, but I don’t see them as pure gimmicks because they were up against genuine fighters who had a chance.”
Furthermore, Brown finds fault with the notion that Musk and Zuckerberg would earn respect simply by entering the octagon to fight each other. While he acknowledges that both may have an interest in martial arts, he believes it is a far cry from automatically deserving admiration for actually stepping into the ring.
“What I don’t want to hear from these people is ‘I respect anyone who steps into that cage.’ That’s a terrible thing to say,” Brown expressed. “Because I’ve met some of the most foolish individuals who stepped into a cage unprepared. I was one of them, actually. During my first fight, I was under the influence and hadn’t trained a single day in my life. I was that foolish guy. Luckily, things worked out for me. But for 99.9 percent, it doesn’t work out. So don’t tell me you respect anyone who enters the cage. It infuriates me when people say that.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Fantasy matchup
Q: What is the skepticism surrounding the potential fight between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg?
A: Matt Brown expresses doubt that the fight will ever happen, considering it a PR scandal and questioning the interest in the matchup. He believes it to be a gimmick fight and raises concerns about the impact on the UFC brand.