Mark Zuckerberg Tears ACL Sparring For ‘Competitive MMA Fight Early Next Year’

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24, 2018 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Press conference at VIVA Technology (Vivatech) the world's rendezvous for startup and leaders.


Mark Zuckerberg underwent recent surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Now, that’s not exactly something you would expect to hear about one of the most famous tech nerds in the United States, but Zuck also happens to be a jiu-jitsu enthusiast and has trained martial arts with current and former UFC champions throughout the years.

According to Zuckerberg, his recent injury occurred while he was sparring in MMA.

The most interesting revelation about Zuck’s injury? He apparently suffered it while training for a “competitive MMA fight early next year, but now that’s delayed a bit.”

The Meta CEO told his 13 million followers on Instagram, “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. Still looking forward to doing it after I recover. Thanks to everyone for the love and support.”

The caption was shared with multiple photos of Zuck recovering in a hospital bed.

UFC president Dana White previously said that Zuckerberg and X owner Elon Musk are serious about a potential MMA fight. Unlike Musk, Zuckerberg actually trains in jiu jitsu and has somewhat of a base to enter a fight, and his trainer is giving some perspective on what we could expect to see from him if the bout comes to fruition.

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“I can only speak on how hard he works. He works really hard,” his trainer Khai Wu told “The mindset here is important. I think a lot of people who are successful like him tend to just go, ‘I know it all,’ you know, but he’s still like a student—white belt—shows up, trains hard, puts in the effort, and like wants to learn, you know. He’s a student of the game.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he became an athlete or competed at a higher level in some sort of athletic sport. Because he really is a student of the game.”

Whether the bout actually happens remains to be seen, but it’s hilarious to think about the billionaires throwing down inside of the cage.

But if it does happen, Musk is likely in over his head.

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