Sportsbooks Post Betting Odds for Mark Zuckerberg Vs. Elon Musk MMA Fight

Grant Mitchell
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Grant Mitchell
06/29/2023
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Highlights

  • Musk and Zuckerberg have had friction between them over the years
  • Zuckerberg regularly trains MMA, whereas Musk said that he had no interest in exercise
  • Sportsbooks believe the Facebook co-founder is the favorite to win the potential fight

Online sportsbooks have posted odds for a rumored clash in the octagon between tech tycoons Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk amid their bubbling feud. 

Zuckerberg, a 39-year-old co-founder of Facebook and parent platform Meta, and Musk, the 51-year-old Tesla CEO and owner of Twitter, have had their share of back-and-forths online over the years. However, their relationship hit a new level earlier this year when the idea of engaging each other in a UFC-style match.

It seems as if anything is possible in 2023, and this is only further proof that the boundaries of reality know no bounds.

Will it actually happen?

UFC President Dana White involved himself to try to help create the fight. He said that both men are “dead serious” about locking horns inside the Octagon despite neither having any professional athletic experience.

“This would be the biggest fight ever in the history of the world,” White said a day after supposedly speaking to Musk and Zuckerberg on the phone. “It would break all pay-per-view records; these guys would raise hundreds of millions of dollars for charity, and you don’t have to be a fight fan to be interested in this fight.” 

While there does not appear to be full-blown hatred between Musk and Zuckerberg, their relationship is not a friendly one. The first blow came when Musk’s SpaceX company destroyed a Facebook-owned satellite during a failed launch in 2016. 

Since then, Musk has been on record saying that apps such as Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, negatively impact mental health. He doubled down on that recently when he said that one of his goals with Twitter was to boost “unregretted user time,” which compounds his comments on Zuckerberg’s platforms.

Zuckerberg has not tweeted in over 10 years, and Musk deleted the Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages after data was found to be used wrongfully during the 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Zuckerberg picked up MMA after COVID lockdowns and said that it was something he wished he’d done long before. He even picked up two medals at an organized Jiu-Jitsu competition. 

On the other hand, Musk told Joe Rogan in 2020 that he “wouldn’t exercise at all if [he] could.” 

How the fight shapes up

UFC Hall of Fame fighter Georges St-Pierre, who was 26-2 and held world championships in two weight categories, said Monday night that he would help train Musk for the fight against Zuckerberg, taking the anticipation around the rumored battle to the next level.

Musk also said last week that he would even be ready for a match inside a steel cage if his opponent wanted.

The Tesla boss has natural physical advantages, with an estimated five-inch height disparity (6’1 compared to 5’7) and at least 30 extra pounds. However, Zuckerberg is in far better shape and participates in fitness challenges such as the Murph (one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, one-mile run, all while wearing a 20lb vest), whereas Musk said that he typically eats a bowl of ice cream, biscuits, and donuts for breakfast.

So, what are the odds looking like?

Legal sportsbooks in the U.S. have not posted lines for the supposed bout between the two billionaires—but according to offshore books, Zuckerberg is about a -270 favorite, and Musk a +180 underdog.

However, the same bookies feel that it is unlikely a fight materialized any time soon, with there being -700 odds on a fight occurring after, not before, September 2023. 

The most likely result of the fight is for the outcome to be determined by the judges’ scorecards. There are roughly +275 odds of a TKO/KO, and about +267 odds of a submission.

Grant is a sports and sports betting journalist who prides himself in his up-to-the-minute reporting on the latest events in the industry. A member of Virginia Tech’s 2021 graduating class, he has quickly put together an impressive portfolio since moving to the professional world full-time. Grant’s favorite sports to cover are basketball and both types of football (American and soccer), and he is pushing written, audio, and video content. He has been employed by companies as highly regarded as Forbes and continues on a great trajectory in the industry. When he’s not on the clock, you can find Grant at the gym, looking for adventures, or hanging out with his family.