If you’re 51 and thinking of stepping inside a cage to fight for the first time, you really can’t do better than having Georges St-Pierre as your training partner.
Perhaps it was the realization Elon Musk came to when he accepted a UFC Hall of Famer’s offer to coach him for a proposed fight with Mark Zuckerberg that UFC President Dana White is somehow seriously considering hosting inside the Octagon.
This past Saturday, St-Pierre was one of a slew of UFC fighters past and present to throw their name in the hat to coach the billionaire tech giants.
St-Pierre tweeted: “@elonmusk I am a huge fan of yours and it would be an absolute honor to help you and be your training partner in the challenge against Zuckerberg.”
On Monday evening, GSP received the response it was looking for.
“Well let’s do this,” Musk replied.
Well, let’s do it 🔥🔥
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 27, 2023
If the fight happens and they train together, Musk will be in good hands with St-Pierre. The 42-year-old Canadian is widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time after a career in which he won two UFC championships – at welterweight and middleweight – including a series of nine consecutive title defenses for £170 from 2008 through 2013. St-Pierre retired in 2013 and returned four years later to claim the 185 pound title from Michael Bisping in November 2017 at UFC 217. He retired shortly after due to health concerns and has not competed since.
The potential battle between Musk, the CEO of Twitter and Tesla, and Zuckerberg, the CEO of Instagram and parent company Facebook, arose after Zuckerberg accepted Musk’s challenge during a social media spat. While it sounded like nothing more than violent internet talk, White said the next day that both men were “very serious” about the meeting inside the cage and that he welcomed building the UFC pay-per-view event around a Musk vs Zuckerberg headline.
As of this writing, Zuckerberg, who has a background in jiu-jitsu, has not publicly accepted any offers to train, including from current UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.
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