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Elon Musk says cage fight with Mark Zuckerberg will be held in Italy; 'Ancient Rome'

Billionaire Elon Musk said the fight will be managed by his and Mark Zuckerberg's foundation and not American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerbberg

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg

The much-awaited cage fight between two billionaires, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, is about to happen as Elon Musk is in talks with Italy's government about hosting the cage fight at a historic site in the country.

Announcing the development, Elon Musk, in a tweet, said the fight will be managed by his and Zuck's foundations and not Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), an American-based mixed martial arts promotion company.

Elon Musk wrote that the event will be live-streamed on Meta's Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) for users who want to see the fight between the two billionaires.

As Musk said, the event would garner millions of euros in donations, which would go to charity and military veteran organisations.


The Italian culture minister, Gennaro Sangiuliano, discussed holding the bout "in full respect of the sites" where it might be staged but would not be held in Rome. 

"I had a long and friendly phone conversation with Elon Musk," he said. "We talked about the common passion for the history of ancient Rome. We are discussing how to organise a great charity and historical evocation event, in full respect of the sites. It will not be held in Rome."

It's worth mentioning that UFC president Dana White also spoke to the culture ministry about staging the fight between the two billionaires in the Colosseum.

In a tweet, Musk said he had spoken to the Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, and the culture minister and had "agreed on an epic location". 

However, Sangiuliano, the minister, then issued the statement ruling out Rome as a venue. From the north to the south, Italy is home to hundreds of ancient Roman and Greek sites, including the Capua amphitheatre and the ruins of the disaster-struck city Pompeii, near Naples; the ancient Greek temples in Agrigento, in Sicily; and the arena of Verona, completed in AD30, which is still used for opera, concerts and other events.

The idea came first in June when Zuck was preparing to launch Twitter rival Threads. Within a short period, the platform got 100 million users. However, The growth and number of active users started declining as many netizens said the hype had ended.

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