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Grounded! Elon Musk’s mum won’t let him cage fight Mark Zuckerberg

‘Actually I cancelled the fight’

“I would totally kick your ass but my mum won’t let me” is perhaps the funniest conclusion for the upcoming cage fight between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg – and that’s exactly how the story’s played out. Yesterday (June 26), Musk’s mum, AKA the South African model Maye Musk, took to Twitter to air her disapproval at the billionaire-versus-billionaire brawl due to take place at the Vegas Octagon later this year.

“Don’t encourage this match!” she tweeted at podcaster Lex Fridman last week, before adding: “Actually, I cancelled the fight. I haven’t told them yet. But I will continue to say the fight is cancelled, just in case.”

The very-public intervention comes one week after SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk challenged Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a cage fight. Aside from being two of the most famous billionaires on the planet, they’re both middle-aged and... out of shape, although Zuck has been rumoured to hold a jiu-jitsu white belt (read: beginner).

While the idea of two full-grown man-children throwing their toys out of the pram on live television sounds blissfully absurd, Musk is a renowned gossip-monger, with a long history of making statements that are not serious or which fail to happen – so who’s to say whether the fight was actually ever serious or just a distraction from Musk’s ever-radicalising agenda. Whatever the motive, one thing we can’t dispute is that he’s a 51-year-old still under the duress of his mother, so lol.