The creator of the social network Facebook (the social network is banned in Russia; owned by Meta, which is recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation) Mark Zuckerberg called a technological genius, a billionaire, a man of the year and even a reptilian. Now, the unassuming nerd in a gray T-shirt and jeans is being referred to as a “damn beast,” and the publication The New York Times shares insightshow a billionaire fights aggression with the help of war games and martial arts.
Mark Zuckerberg’s activity in MMA began rapidly. He immediately made stellar connections: Conor McGregor commented on his posts, UFC President Dana White met with him, he was praised by UFC professional fighter Hayem Wu. Very quickly, the billionaire turned from a fan into a participant in tournaments. At first, he allegedly performed secretly – under the pseudonym Mark Elliot, and in May for the first time entered the amateur championship ring under his own name and immediately took two medals – gold and silver.
Even Joe Rogan, with whom Zuckerberg recorded a podcast a year earlier, admired the sports training of the billionaire. “He’s a damn beast,” Rogan commented on the businessman’s martial arts abilities.
The version of the events that took place at the May tournament appeared in The New York Times on June 2, but a few hours later Mark Zuckerberg and his coach Dave Camarillo contacted the editors: they sent a letter in which they denied the words of the referee. Both claimed that the businessman did not lose consciousness and could continue the fight. According to their version, Costa confused Zuckerberg’s increased combat grunting with wheezing and because of this he made the wrong decision.
Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only Silicon Valley celebrity who spends hours practicing jiu-jitsu. Fans of this sport, for example, are SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, as well as Palantir CEO Alex Karp. PayPal CEO Dan Shulman is into Krav Maga.
In addition, director Guy Ritchie has a black belt in jiu-jitsu; actors Jason Statham, Keanu Reeves, Margot Robbie and other famous people in Hollywood have been doing this type of martial arts for many years.
However, none of them attracted as much attention to their sporting achievements as did the modest Mark Zuckerberg. Users can only be surprised at the next records of a businessman who, it seems, decided by the age of 40 to become one of not only the richest, but also the most powerful nerds on the planet.