Elon Musk On Joe Rogan Reveals His Unrealistic Perception Of BJJ Fighting Skills
Despite the best attempts of the BJJ and MMA community, it appears that the much-anticipated Mark Zuckerberg vs Elon Musk fight may not happen after all. The BJJ fans were expecting an enthralling match, but it seems now that both competitors will not face each other.
A few months ago, Zuckerberg revealed through a Threads post that he would be interested in a fight with Musk. Now, he doesn’t believe Musk is genuinely interested in the match. After the public post of the match challenge between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, fans were waiting anxiously for the BJJ match. So, they were continuously asking about their fight. Zuckerberg stated:
“I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious, and it’s time to move on.
I offered a real date. Dana White offered to make this a legit competition for charity.
Elon won’t confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead.”
That’s why, for now, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to compete against those who want to fight with him.
“If Elon ever gets serious about a real date and official event, he knows how to reach me.
Otherwise, time to move on.
I’m going to focus on competing with people who take the sport seriously.”
However, Musk was recently a guest on the Joe Rogan podcast. There, he expressed his desire to challenge Zuckerberg to a fight with no restrictions on the rules, location, or timing.
Rogan was not sure about the Musk BJJ fighting skills, so he asked about it.
“I trained in judo, Kyokushin (full contact) & no rules streetfighting.”
Musk also stated that his primary advantage would be his physical physique. He repeatedly asserted that the apparent difference in weight was the main reason he was confident of defeating Zuckerberg. Rogan displayed a photo of fellow podcaster Lex Fridman from when Musk had a grappling session with him and UFC legend Georges St. Pierre. Elon discussed how Lex is marginally bigger and heavier than Zuckerberg and how he seemingly didn’t have much difficulty with him on the mats.
“There are weight classes for a reason. I do a technique called the walrus where I lay on top of you, and you can’t get out.”
Rogan inquired whether he needed to train more for the fight. Upon which Elon mentioned:
“I don’t need to train to beat him. I’m ready now.”
Rogan was so doubtful that he questioned Musk if he had ever seen a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu match where a significantly smaller person defeated a larger, skilled opponent.
Musk said, “highly unlikely.”
Rogan replied to him, “That happens much more than you’d think. You’d be surprised.”
Chatri Sityodong Response To Elon Unrealistic BJJ Approach
Chatri Sityodong, the president of One Championship, responded to the situation by labeling Elon Musk a “bully” and stating that he lacks knowledge about filghting.
“I normally don’t like to get involved in other people’s spats, but I am compelled to say something on the latest development of the potential fight between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. A few hours ago, Elon said that he was planning to show up to Mark’s house to fight him. Elon is one of the greatest entrepreneurs in history, and I have a lot of respect for his guts, accomplishments, and intellect.
However, I dislike bullying of any kind.
First, Elon genuinely knows nothing about fighting or martial arts despite his claims to the contrary. As a lifelong expert martial artist who has been in my fair share of scraps, I can tell simply by the way he is acting. The problem with most men who have never fought and/or trained seriously in martial arts is exactly what Elon is doing. They have a false sense of bravado and no understanding or appreciation for what technical skills and knowledge can do in a fight. A legit blue belt in jiu-jitsu is very dangerous to someone who knows nothing.
As CEO of the world’s largest martial arts organization and someone involved in the fight game as my life, I know when people want to fight or not. When people want to fight, they accept a fight and simply show up. When people don’t want to fight, they do exactly what Elon has been doing. They make up excuses, conditions, and reasons for avoiding the fight. Elon has made up puzzling excuse after excuse, be it the need for surgery, the need to do it in the Coliseum in Italy, the idea of doing it through his and Mark’s foundations, the idea of a backyard practice run, etc.
The global martial arts community is small. Consensus from people who have trained with Mark and/or Elon is that there is a large gap in skills in favor of Mark. Mark might be new to martial arts, but he is a real martial artist. He is a legit blue belt in jiu-jitsu under Dave Camarillo and consistently trains hard multiple times a week. Professor Dave is genuinely one of the finest black belts on the planet and his knowledge of both jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts is unparalleled.
I trained with Mark at his house a few months ago, together with his teammates under Professor Dave. As a brown belt under Renzo Gracie, I can tell you that the training environment was truly world-class with utmost seriousness and intensity. Mark might be only 2 years into his journey as a martial artist, but he has fully adopted the warrior way of life. In my expert opinion, Mark will likely choke Elon unconscious in a fight. Elon could win by a lucky punch due to his size and weight. He’s 186cm and weighs 100kg. Mark is 171cm and weighs 70kg. However, Mark is in fighting shape and Elon is not. Mark has the gas tank for 3 rounds, and Elon has the gas tank for 3 minutes.
As all martial artists know, skill often trumps size when there is a large disparity in skill. I am not saying that Mark will win 100%. A fight is a fight. Elon could get lucky. What I am saying, though is that Mark has a very high probability of winning.”