Elon Musk Accepts Georges St-Pierre's Offer to Train Him for Proposed UFC Fight with Mark Zuckerberg
If you're 51 years old and contemplating stepping into a cage for your first-ever fight, there's no better choice than having Georges St-Pierre as your training partner.
This is the realization that Elon Musk arrived at as he graciously accepted the offer from the UFC Hall of Famer to train him for a potential showdown with Mark Zuckerberg. Astonishingly, UFC president Dana White is genuinely considering hosting the fight inside the octagon.
Over the weekend, St-Pierre was just one of many former and current UFC fighters who threw their names into the ring to train these billionaire tech moguls. In a tweet directed at Musk, St-Pierre expressed his admiration and extended an offer: "@elonmusk I'm a huge fan of yours, and it would be an absolute honor to help you and be your training partner for the challenge against Zuckerberg."
On Monday evening, GSP received the response he had hoped for. Musk replied, "OK, let's do it."
If the fight comes to fruition and they do train together, Musk will undoubtedly be in excellent hands with St-Pierre. Widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, the 42-year-old Canadian achieved tremendous success throughout his career. He secured two UFC division championships, dominating the welterweight and middleweight divisions. St-Pierre's most impressive feat was his extraordinary run of nine consecutive title defenses at 170 pounds from 2008 to 2013. After retiring in 2013 due to health concerns, he made a comeback four years later and claimed the 185-pound title from Michael Bisping in November 2017 at UFC 217. However, he retired shortly after and has not competed since.
The potential face-off between Musk, the CEO of Twitter and Tesla, and Zuckerberg, the CEO of Instagram and Meta (Facebook's parent company), materialized following a social media exchange where Zuckerberg accepted Musk's challenge. Initially perceived as mere internet bravado, White declared the following day that both men were "dead serious" about squaring off inside the cage. He even expressed his willingness to build a UFC pay-per-view event around the headlining bout between Musk and Zuckerberg.
As of now, Zuckerberg, who possesses a background in jiu-jitsu, has yet to publicly accept any training offers, including those from current UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones.